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OLYMPIA — A plan to may go into effect to better prepare Washington state public schools for natural or human-caused catastrophic incidents, by request of the state Military Department. House Bill 1200 was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of ten representatives and introduced by Rep. Laurie...

Senator Brad Hawkins (second from right) of the 12th Legislative District met Okanogan PUD General Manager Steve Taylor (center) and other PUD representatives in the Senate Chambers on Jan. 30, to discuss Enloe Dam.
OLYMPIA - The Legislature will consider and vote on many proposals during this 105-day session. Of those the most significant will be a new state operating budget, to take effect July 1. Adopting a new operating budget typically is the most important responsibility we have because it funds most of...
OLYMPIA - On Monday, Jan. 14, I was sworn in to represent the 12th Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives. I am honored to serve such a great region of our state. The first few weeks in Olympia included meeting with constituents and colleagues, committee meetings, and...
OLYMPIA - More than 2,000 people signed into the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Monday, Jan. 21 for hearings on 3-D printed guns, high-capacity magazines, domestic violence, as well as proposed training requirements for legally obtaining a pistol. Outside of the Legislative Building, a...
OLYMPIA - Three representatives from the Democratic caucus are sponsoring a bill to work towards reducing food waste by consumers and grocery stores in Washington state. House Bill 1114 suggests a plan to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts of wasting food. The bill was co-sponsored by...
OLYMPIA –The Washington Department of Ecology is using new methods to more accurately test for waterborne disease in state waters. The methods will better protect people while they are swimming, boating, or enjoying other recreational activities. By testing for E. coli in freshwater and...

The 12th District team – Rep. Keith Goehner (left), Sen. Brad Hawkins (center) and Rep. Mike Steele (right) – gathered in the House floor Jan. 15 to hear Gov. Inslee’s State of the State address.

Pateros mayor Carlene Anders, right, conferred with 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins last week at his Olympia office. Seated next to Anders is Sen. Hawkins’ session intern, Madison Leeman. Anders also serves as the Executive Director of the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group and frequently discusses wildfire aftermath issues with local elected officials.

Rep. Keith Goehner takes the oath of office in the state House of Representatives.
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden, officially took the oath of office and was sworn in as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives January 14 during the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Legislature. “The opening ceremonies were very humbling. It is a great honor to serve the...
• Would align HOA regulations with water conservation best practices • Would encourage state-funded building projects to follow landscaping conservation best practices OLYMPIA - Differences in water usage best practices during a drought and homeowners’ association landscaping requirements are the...

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