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Improvements to I-90 in the eastern Spokane Valley and other public works construction for the 4th Legislative District were among many projects OK'd by lawmakers as they passed capital and transportation...

April 28, 2019

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

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 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

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

We are now more than halfway through the 2016 legislative session. The House has been voting on bills for the past several days, and will continue to do so until house...

Feb. 17, 2016

Tuesday, the House approved Rep. Bob McCaslin's bill to allow cities to recover costs incurred while removing a nuisance that threatens public health or safety.

Feb. 17, 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