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.

He assumes the vice chairmanship of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, and continues his service on the Senate Transportation Committee. Ericksen also will serve on the Senate Rules Committee, the panel that determines which legislation advances to the Senate floor.

“I am looking forward to the new challenges and new opportunities we have in Washington,” Ericksen said. “With a new administration in Washington, D.C. that is committed to states’ rights and rolling back onerous federal regulations, we have a chance to do great things for Washingtonians in the 2017 session. I will be focused on balancing our budget without raising taxes, funding the state’s true priorities, keeping energy prices low, and helping to create a pro-job environment while protecting our natural environment.”

Committee assignments were determined last month, part of a reorganization that occurs every two years following a legislative election. The 2017 legislative session begins Jan. 9, and is scheduled to run 105 days, adjourning by April 23.