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Radio report - Spokane Valley Rep. Bob McCaslin says a statewide growth management law is standing in the way of smaller class sizes in Washington’s public schools. He’s introduced a bill...

Jan. 13, 2017

I was hoping I could offer you an end-of-session recap in this update, but our work is not yet finished. While the regular session adjourned March 10, the governor has called...

March 15, 2016

The 2016 legislative session is underway! We have much to accomplish and just 60 days to do it, so things are moving very quickly. This is a supplemental budget year, which...

Jan. 29, 2016

After 176 days and three special sessions, the 2015 legislative session finally came to a close on July 10. I really enjoyed my first session as a state representative, and although...

July 23, 2015

Budget negotiators still have not come to an agreement on the 2015-17 operating budget, so we are now in a second 30-day special session – the 12th special session in the...

June 2, 2015

There are now less than two weeks of the 105-day legislative session remaining. In my last email update, I told you about how the House Democrats' operating budget proposal would raise...

April 16, 2015

House Democrats released their 2015-17 operating budget proposal last Friday, and as expected, it relies heavily on tax increases. The majority party is looking to raise taxes by $1.5 billion, despite...

April 2, 2015

We are now in day 67 of the 105-day legislative session. Last Wednesday, March 11, was House of origin cutoff, meaning bills that did not pass out of their respective chamber...

March 19, 2015

There has been a lot of action on the House floor over the past couple of weeks, and we have now sent dozens of bills to the Senate for consideration. It...

Feb. 19, 2015

The first month of the 2015 legislative session is almost in the books, and I want to give you an update on what’s been happening here in Olympia. I have really enjoyed...

Feb. 5, 2015