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...
New Energy in Senate education committee The new majority in the Washington State Senate is bringing New Energy to the tired status quo in Olympia. Solutions and ideas are now being openly discussed in many Senate committees. A great example is a recent public hearing on education reform in the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education... Read More...
You can help increase access to public lands! This week I sponsored two bills aimed at increasing access to public lands. Both will receive public hearings next week and I encourage you to testify on the bills if you are able. Senate Bill 5057 Requires non-governmental organizations acquiring land from state government or with state funds to maintain public access... Read More...
Ericksen TV: Constitutional Amendments for a Better Budget This week, Senator Ericksen’s video update focuses on two constitutional amendments aimed at improving our state budgeting process. One requires a four-year balanced budget and the other prohibits a state income tax. Also discussed is the agenda for the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which the Senator chairs. You can... Read More...
Inslee’s inaugural address echoes my energy, budget goals In his inagural address, I was glad to hear Governor Inslee hit on the same energy-policy goals I’ve been promoting: pursuing low-cost energy, create energy-sector jobs and encouraging new technology. That’s exactly what we’ll be focusing on in my Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, and I’m pleased the governor will... Read More...
New website launched Welcome to my new legislative website! My goal with this new site is to make it easier than ever for Whatcom County residents to contact me and stay up-to-date on what’s going on in Olympia. I’ve also simplified my email address (doug@senatorericksen.com) for greater convenience. After all, technology should make our lives easier, and I don’t... Read More...
Environmental issues added to Energy & Telecommunications Committee Today I was formally named chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. The environment component was added to the committee when the Senate finalized its committee structure. Adding environmental issues to the mix was a natural fit because energy policy is directly linked to our environment and quality... Read More...