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Someone recently asked if I had a theme for this year's legislative session.  “As a matter of fact, I do!” I said. “It's your home.  Expect more.” For many residents around...

Feb. 18, 2020

After the longest legislative session in state history, which required three special sessions and 193 days, the Legislature finally adjourned last Thursday. While we passed an operating budget on June 30,...

July 28, 2017

A bill sponsored by Rep. Bob McCaslin to authorize new school construction outside of designated urban growth areas has been approved by the state House.

July 1, 2017

While I was hoping we would be able to finish our work on time this year, budget negotiators were unable to reach an agreement on the 2017-19 operating budget before the...

May 10, 2017

Reps. Bob McCaslin and David Taylor release a statement following the governor's partial veto of McCaslin's school siting bill, HB 1017.

April 26, 2017

A bill sponsored by Rep. Bob McCaslin to remove growth management barriers to school construction in rural areas is headed to the governor's desk.

April 19, 2017

Since my last email update, we've passed a critical session deadline — house of origin cutoff. Unless deemed necessary to implement or pass the budget, all bills that did not pass...

March 24, 2017

We are now more than one month into this 105-day legislative session, and our first major deadline — policy cutoff — is tonight at 5 p.m. All bills that do not...

Feb. 17, 2017

We are in the third week of the 2017 legislative session, which is scheduled to run 105 consecutive days before adjourning in late April. While there is a lot of work...

Jan. 25, 2017

Much of the work in the upcoming 2017 legislative session will be focused on changing how the state funds education and addressing the state Supreme Court's “McCleary Decision.” This effort will...

Jan. 24, 2017