Preserving our state’s low-cost power and encouraging conservation Two bills I’m proposing are among several measures to revise the state’s renewable-energy requirements to preserve our low-cost power. They received a public hearing on February 12 in the Senate’s Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I chair. The issue is that current state law is forcing us to ship our low-cost, clean hydropower... Read More...
Ericksen TV: two bills to aid Whatcom County farms and fairs This week my video update focuses on two bills I introduced to aid important entities in Whatcom County – our farms and our fairs. Senate Bill 5078 would modify state law to allow non-profit fairs to continue to rent out their facilities during the off-season without taking a tax hit. Senate... Read More...
New energy in focus – wind power Today’s meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee will focus on new technologies in the field of wind power. The committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on www.tvw.org.  The hearing is important because wind farms dot our state and wind power represents a... Read More...
My Bill to add fourth Whatcom County Superior Court judge passes Senate A bill I sponsored with Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, to add a fourth superior court judge for Whatcom County passed the Senate today. Whatcom County Superior Court has had three judges since the 1970s. In the meantime the population of the county has tripled, making it increasingly difficult for the county to process... Read More...
Ericksen TV: Protecting the environment and creating jobs Senator Ericksen details his bill to refocus the state’s toxic clean-up account – the Model Toxics Control Act. The effort would improve the environment by cleaning more sites and create jobs through those projects and by renewing toxic lands with commercial potential. Also discussed is a recent myth floated in Olympia that... Read More...
My bill to protect environment, create jobs to receive public hearing This session I’m sponsoring legislation to refocus use of our state’s toxic clean-up account. The bill would increase the number of sites cleaned and promote private-sector job creation by emphasizing the renewal of lands with commercial potential.  A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23 in the Senate... Read More...
My Bellingham Herald op-ed: New Energy in the state Senate This op-ed appeared in the Bellingham Herald on Tuesday, January 22. You can read the piece on the Herald’s website by clicking here. New Energy in the state Senate By Senator Doug Ericksen The opening days of a legislative session regularly feature ceremony and tradition, but this week something truly historic... Read More...