Ericksen retains key committee assignments in 2017 Legislature OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, retains key committee assignments as lawmakers get set for the 2017 legislative session. Ericksen remains chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, the panel that oversees energy supply, consumption and conservation, energy policy, and telephone, cable, Internet and other communication technologies.... Read More...
Ericksen introduces Preventing Economic Disruption Act   Targets illegal acts intended to disrupt the economy Holds planners and organizers of illegal acts accountable Protects 1st Amendment rights of free speech, assembly, and petition OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, introduced the Preventing Economic Disruption Act (PEDA) Thursday for consideration during the 2017 legislative session. Senate Bill... Read More...
Baumgartner, Ericksen to seek reinstatement of two-thirds-for-taxes rule in Senate — Will require two-thirds approval of Senate to advance tax bills to final passage — Different mechanism but same effect as popular taxpayer protection measure   — Will challenge any adverse ruling from lieutenant governor OLYMPIA – Sens. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, will seek reinstatement of a two-thirds-for-taxes... Read More...
42nd District lawmakers set town hall meeting at WWU campus May 17 OLYMPIA — Whatcom County lawmakers will hold a town hall meeting at Western Washington University May 17, hosted by student organizations. Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Reps. Luanne Van Werven and Vincent Buys, both R-Lynden, will answer questions from students and the public. The three lawmakers represent the 42nd District,... Read More...
Ericksen blasts government-funded campaign attacking Washington farmers  Billboards, bus ads in Olympia and Bellingham blame farmers for water pollution  Lobbying campaign aimed at Legislature is run through third-party organizations  Funding comes from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, is raising big objections to a lobbying campaign that blames Washington farmers... Read More...
Legislature’s budget deals boost Whatcom County, Ericksen says — $3 million for Alcoa worker training — Finishes Guide Meridian Road project, builds Thornton Road overpass in Ferndale — Toxics cleanup get priority, benefitting Bellingham Bay and Blaine Harbor OLYMPIA – A final agreement in this year’s Legislature on the state operating budget invests $3 million in the survival... Read More...
Ericksen blasts poorly-advertised commission hearing on men-in-women’s-showers rule — Human Rights Commission schedules oddly-timed Thursday-night hearing on issue — Petitioners seek to repeal rule opening bathrooms, showers to all — Inconvenient, poorly publicized hearing makes letters, emails important OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says the state Human Rights Commission is holding another poorly-publicized, oddly-timed public meeting... Read More...
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