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At last the Legislature finished its work at 7:28 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Legislators pulled an all-nighter and passed the budget in the early hours on Wednesday. I voted against the...

April 13, 2012

It is day 26 of the first 30-day special session of 2012—the third special session of the biennium and the fifth in the past two years. Some of us have begun...

April 6, 2012

Last night the Legislature adjourned, sine die, which is Latin for no more meetings to follow. These days, however, sine die doesn't quite mean that. We'll be back in special session...

March 9, 2012

Around 1 a.m. in the morning on Saturday, the state Senate passed its version of the operating budget. The Senate budget is sustainable and prioritized. The budget was supported by a...

March 3, 2012

Yesterday, the Economic Revenue Forecast Council issued the latest revenue forecast for the 2011-13 biennium. The net change in our general fund is an increase of about $96 million, with about...

Feb. 17, 2012

This morning I attended the memorial service for Charlie and Braden Powell at Life Center Church in Tacoma. The tragic murder of little Charlie and Braden in Graham last weekend was...

Feb. 11, 2012

I voted “no” on Senate Bill 6239, the bill to redefine marriage. It was not an easy vote. I hope that those who disagree with my vote will at least trust...

Feb. 8, 2012

This week was the cut-off for passing bills out of their respective committees for possible consideration before the full House of Representatives. Four of my bills survived the cut-off. A highlight...

Feb. 3, 2012

It is end of week three of the 60-day legislative session. This week was filled with public hearings, caucus meetings and constituent appointments. This week a few of my prime-sponsored bills...

Jan. 27, 2012

The 60-day legislative session is underway. This grand gathering of legislators, citizen activists, legislative staff, lobbyists, state agency officials, and others is amazing to behold. The process runs on the basis...

Jan. 13, 2012