Natural Resources

My bills to promote renewable energy and telecommunications development pass Senate Today the Senate approved two bills I proposed to encourage new forms of renewable energy and increase development in Washington’s telecommunications industry. Both bills received only favorable testimony during public hearings in the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I chair. Two of my goals for this year are to promote new energy... Read More...
Ericksen TV: two bills to aid Whatcom County farms and fairs This week my video update focuses on two bills I introduced to aid important entities in Whatcom County – our farms and our fairs. Senate Bill 5078 would modify state law to allow non-profit fairs to continue to rent out their facilities during the off-season without taking a tax hit. Senate... Read More...
New energy in focus – wind power Today’s meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee will focus on new technologies in the field of wind power. The committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on www.tvw.org.  The hearing is important because wind farms dot our state and wind power represents a... Read More...
Ericksen TV: Protecting the environment and creating jobs Senator Ericksen details his bill to refocus the state’s toxic clean-up account – the Model Toxics Control Act. The effort would improve the environment by cleaning more sites and create jobs through those projects and by renewing toxic lands with commercial potential. Also discussed is a recent myth floated in Olympia that... Read More...
My Bellingham Herald op-ed: New Energy in the state Senate This op-ed appeared in the Bellingham Herald on Tuesday, January 22. You can read the piece on the Herald’s website by clicking here. New Energy in the state Senate By Senator Doug Ericksen The opening days of a legislative session regularly feature ceremony and tradition, but this week something truly historic... Read More...
You can help increase access to public lands! This week I sponsored two bills aimed at increasing access to public lands. Both will receive public hearings next week and I encourage you to testify on the bills if you are able. Senate Bill 5057 Requires non-governmental organizations acquiring land from state government or with state funds to maintain public access... Read More...
Inslee’s inaugural address echoes my energy, budget goals In his inagural address, I was glad to hear Governor Inslee hit on the same energy-policy goals I’ve been promoting: pursuing low-cost energy, create energy-sector jobs and encouraging new technology. That’s exactly what we’ll be focusing on in my Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, and I’m pleased the governor will... Read More...
Environmental issues added to Energy & Telecommunications Committee Today I was formally named chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. The environment component was added to the committee when the Senate finalized its committee structure. Adding environmental issues to the mix was a natural fit because energy policy is directly linked to our environment and quality... Read More...
Ericksen TV: New energy in state Senate I recorded a brief video to highlight the excitement that the bipartisan Majority Coalition Caucus has brought to the state Senate. Not only is there new energy being injected into the capitol by a fresh focus on collaboration and positive solutions, I’m personally putting an emphasis on new energy as... Read More...