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Dear friends and neighbors,

I’m Doug Ericksen, your senator from the 42nd Legislative District. It is my honor to serve the people of Whatcom County, my home and yours. Like you, I am concerned about bringing balance to our discussions and debates in Olympia, to preserve our way of life in northwestern Washington, protect our environment and preserve jobs for our hardworking families.  In Whatcom County, we are leaders in education, leaders in health care, leaders in environmental protection and leaders in energy production.  Every day, I go to work in Olympia inspired by the people of our corner of the state, and I am proud to represent you.

COVID-19 restrictions are imposing severe restrictions on public access during our 2021 legislative session. At a time when the public cannot fully weigh in, I believe the Legislature should keep its focus on issues related to the COVID emergency and other “must-dos,” and save controversial debates like the income tax for another year. You can read more about this issue and others on this page.

My sympathies are with the many who are experiencing difficulty under our state’s stay-at-home orders. There are many issues regarding our response that require the input of the Legislature. In 2021, we finally have that opportunity. I know many have had difficulties with state government agencies during this crisis. If you have a problem in your dealings with state government, or a comment or general concern, we would like to hear from you. First and foremost, we’re here to serve you.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT 2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION:

Due to restrictions put in place by Senate leadership, the public will not be allowed to fully participate in the legislative process this year, and will not be allowed to participate in person.

If you wish to testify on legislation via a remote access computer system, you can use this link to sign up:  https://leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Participating.aspx

Please feel free to share this link with anyone who would like to attempt to testify remotely.

Sincerely,

Senator Doug Ericksen

 

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