NEWS: Whatcom County senators broker landmark agreement on toxic-cleanup reform In broad bipartisan votes tonight the Senate and House of Representatives approved a bill – subsequently signed into law by the governor – to create jobs and improve Washington’s environment by reforming the state’s toxic-cleanup program. The landmark agreement was secured through the work of Whatcom County’s Senate delegation, Sens.... Read More...
42nd District legislators respond to I-5 bridge collapse Following the collapse of a section of the bridge over the Skagit River on Interstate 5, the 42nd District legislative delegation, including me, Rep. Vincent Buys and Rep. Jason Overstreet, issued the following statement. “Today we give thanks that no deaths or major injuries resulted from the collapse of the... Read More...
My Bellingham Herald op-ed: Taxing recycled fuels hurts environment, economy *This op-ed was originally printed in the Bellingham Herald on April 24. Taxing recycled fuels hurts environment, economy By DOUG ERICKSEN — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD   By supporting a new tax on recycled fuels used in the petroleum-refining process, politicians in Olympia and stakeholders are overlooking serious questions... Read More...
Senate committee to hear testimony from Steve Largent The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I serve as chairman of, will have a special meeting tomorrow focusing on how the state can encourage further development of wireless technology. The meeting will feature testimony from Steve Largent, a former Oklahoma congressman and Seattle Seahawk who is a member of the Pro... Read More...