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An evidence-based approach to improving the environment I welcome the new, evidence-based approach to environmental improvement contained in Senate Bill 5802, which was approved by the Senate with bipartisan support yesterday. The bill would create a work group to analyze the state’s environment profile and energy consumption. The group would utilize cost-benefit analysis in suggesting a future course... Read More...
Ericksen bill to assist berry farms in Whatcom County moves forward A bill I brought forward to assist area farmers by ensuring their water-conservation efforts are recognized by the state Department of Ecology was approved by the state Senate and will now move to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 5199 requires DOE to initiate a process to allow berry farmers... Read More...
You’re invited to my legislative town hall meeting On Saturday, March 16, Representative Vincent Buys and I will be hosting a legislative town hall meeting. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Ferndale High School. I encourage anyone able and interested to attend. There are many important issues facing... Read More...
My bill to encourage energy conservation, low-cost power clears Senate A measure I proposed to encourage energy conservation by utilities is headed to the House of Representatives after passing the Senate with strong bipartisan support today. State law allows utilities to meet a portion of their requirements for renewable energy through conservation. The conservation must be achieved in two-year target periods.... Read More...
Supreme Court’s two-thirds tax threshold ruling presents opportunity to let voters ‘cement their will in the constitution’ This morning I released the following statement regarding a ruling from the state’s Supreme Court that the two-thirds tax approval threshold, approved by Washington voters five times, is unconstitutional: “The people of Washington state have expressed their desire for a higher bar for tax hikes many times, most recently in overwhelming... Read More...
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: A better transportation system In this edition of my weekly video update, I look at the transportation proposal being brought forward by Democrats in the House of Representatives, which relies on $10 billion in new gas taxes. Before we talk about tax increases, we need to address the unnecessary cost-drivers of transportation projects. Watch the video by... Read More...
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