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Ericksen introduces resolution declaring emergency 30-day session on COVID issues Lawmakers shouldn’t debate income tax, radical agenda when public is kept at a distance, Ericksen says Ericksen resolution keeps Legislature to emergency-related bills, “must-do” legislation. Will be advanced during rules debate as 2021 session opens Monday. When Legislature restrains public, lawmakers should restrain themselves. OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale,... Read More...
Ericksen bill would protect individual rights amid rush to vaccinate Bill would prohibit discrimination based on COVID vaccination status Would block vaccination requirements for employment, school, travel, entry to public places Leaves decision a matter of personal choice Legislation isn’t pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine, but pro- individual rights. OLYMPIA – As a COVID vaccine is rolled out nationwide, individual rights and... Read More...
When the lights start flickering, we’re going to need the Electron Dam Electron Hydroelectric Project powerhouse on the Puyallup River. Water is routed through the powerhouse through a diversion channel. Source: Wikimedia Commons/Steven Pavlov Note: The following op-ed was distributed to the news media Oct. 6, 2020. By Sen. Doug Ericksen In Pierce County, a dam on the Puyallup River has become... Read More...
Ericksen calls for relaxed travel restrictions for trapped Point Roberts residents Landlocked Whatcom County community is biggest victim of national border shutdown  Unique geography traps 1,300 permanent American residents as U.S., Canada halt “non-essential” border traffic.  Canadians blocked from visiting vacation properties, boat moorage; local businesses suffer.  Ericksen joins 42nd District lawmakers in calling for sensible travel rules,... Read More...
Inslee cuts support for nursing homes after preserving state-worker pay hikes Targeting facilities at epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic in state is ‘heartless,’ Ericksen says OLYMPIA – As if there weren’t already enough coronavirus-related issues needing immediate attention from state lawmakers, says state Sen. Doug Ericksen, add this to the list: Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration is cutting Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes,... Read More...