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Rep. Mike Steele, ranking member of the House Capital Budget Committee and lead Republican negotiator, announced today that more than $10.5 million in 12th District projects was included in the recently approved 2022-23 supplemental capital budget. "As a top capital budget negotiator, it's...
The Washington Coalition for Open Government (WashCOG) today agreed to settle its lawsuit with the state of Washington and its Redistricting Commission for violating the state Open Public Meetings Act. The Commission today voted to accept the settlement, as well. The parties reached an agreement...
In recent years, the communities in North Central Washington have sadly experienced a significant impact from catastrophic wildfire. Our district has endured many devastating fires, including back-to-back years of the state’s largest wildfires, in 2014 and 2015. In 2020, the state Department of...
With dropping hospitalization rates, improving vaccination rates, and broad access to masks and tests, Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state can soon move into a less restrictive phase of the COVID-19 response. The lifting of statewide measures does not prohibit local governments from the...
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to share WA Verify, the state’s Digital COVID-19 Verification Record system, has successfully generated more than 1 million QR codes for Washington residents, making it easier and faster for people to provide digital proof of...
12th district legislators report some of their recent updates during WA State's 60-day legislative session. Rep. Keith Goehner (R)HB 1627: Extending Access to Water Drainage Within Rural Areas Representative Keith Goehner has been promoting his recent bill towards extending access to water, storm...
WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack selected 12 members to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) inaugural Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture to provide input on policy development and to help identify barriers to urban agriculture as USDA works to...
Gov. Jay Inslee signed two bills, House Bill 1732 and House Bill 1733, which make changes to the WA Cares Fund, a first-of-its-kind program ensuring all Washingtonians have access to affordable long-term care when they need it. House Bill 1732 enables near-retirees to qualify for partial benefits...
On Dec. 23, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the Long-term care tax would be put on hold past the Jan. 1, 2022 due date. Now both House Democrats and House Republicans are introducing substitute bills that hope to mend holes within the original bill. The Long-term care tax, or what is commonly...
Hospitality sectors all over Wash. State will stop automatically serving customers single-use utensils after Jan. 1, 2022. This law is part of a series of changes published in SB 5022 on July 25, 2021. This law is centered on reducing waste and littering for the foreseeable future. Single-use...

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