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Ericksen encouraged by judge’s action against Inslee energy rule FERNDALE…Sen. Doug Ericksen today praised a recent court ruling that a core section of an energy-regulation rule adopted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration in 2016 is unlawful. The decision came Friday from a judge in Thurston County, where lawsuits against state agencies are considered, and prompted this statement from Ericksen, R-Ferndale... Read More...
Ericksen bill prevents property-tax spike in 2018 Corrects timing problem with last year’s levy reform that could lead to temporary increases. Keeps state property-tax rate low as local school levies are phased out. Maintains 2018 state basic-education levy at 2017 levels. OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says the state ought to use an unexpected $1 billion... Read More...
Ericksen: Trump Administration right to repeal overreaching Obama-era energy rule OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, released the following statement regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reverse Obama Administration rules overriding states’ authority to regulate power-plant emissions, dictating national energy policy under the guise of environmental protection. Ericksen is chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.... Read More...
Ericksen invites governor to Blaine to explain baffling freeway-exit veto  Governor’s reasoning inconsistent with facts.  Blaine project singled out – similar projects allowed to stand.  People of Blaine deserve explanation. OLYMPIA – A baffling veto of a freeway-exit project in Blaine is prompting Sen. Doug Ericksen to issue an unusual invitation – he is asking the governor to visit the... Read More...
Ericksen: New vote on Hirst bill shows Senate’s determination OLYMPIA – As the Washington Senate voted a second time Tuesday for a bill to protect the right of rural property owners to drill domestic wells, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, said the action signals lawmakers’ determination to see the issue resolved this year. Ericksen is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill... Read More...
Senate public-works budget funds important Whatcom County projects Bellingham waterfront, Swift Creek cleanups funded New buildings for Whatcom Community College, NW Washington Fair House proposal due soon OLYMPIA – A capital budget plan approved last week by the Washington Senate provides funding for key Whatcom County projects, including Bellingham-waterfront cleanups that will make redevelopment of the area possible... Read More...
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