Local Government

My Bill to add fourth Whatcom County Superior Court judge passes Senate A bill I sponsored with Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, to add a fourth superior court judge for Whatcom County passed the Senate today. Whatcom County Superior Court has had three judges since the 1970s. In the meantime the population of the county has tripled, making it increasingly difficult for the county to process... Read More...
Blueprint for a Better Washington series Over the 2012 legislative interim, I took a look at some of the major issues facing our state and outlined what I see as positive solutions to move us forward by focusing on the cost and quality of the services being provided, rather than the method by which they’re provided. Read More...
Senator Ericksen’s Blueprint – Sports fields and public land access In this edition of the Blueprint for a Better Washington, Senator Ericksen outlines how the state can be a partner in constructing capital facilities like sports fields by cutting government red tape and unnecessary costs. He also outlines his strategy for keeping existing public lands viable by maximizing public access.... Read More...