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OLYMPIA - After the Washington State Redistricting Commission submitted their unfinished redistricting plan with the Congressional District Boundary Map and the Legislative District Boundary Maps moments after their November 15 deadline, commissioners knew that their late submission would require a...

Sen. Brad Hawkins
OLYMPIA - The Washington redistricting commission failed to submit revised Legislative and Congressional District maps on their Nov. 15 deadline. Ultimately, the final decision will be up to the State Supreme Court on April 30, 2022. The Bipartisan Redistricting Commission meets once every 10...
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health is urging the public to get a flu vaccine this year to keep themselves and others safe and out of the hospital. Flu activity may be more common this year compared to last year because the closures that were in place to prevent the spread of...
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is expanding the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on...

Rep. Keith Goehner
Earlier this month, the governor announced vaccination requirements for most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers. Last week, he announced further vaccination requirements for employees working in K-12, most childcare and early learning, and higher education, as well as...

Rep. Mike Steele
Law enforcement reform House and Senate Republicans recently called for a special session to fix some bad police reform bills approved during the 2021 session. Unfortunately, these bills have overshadowed other good, bipartisan policing measures that were also approved. Two bills in particular...

Senator Brad Hawkins
As Washington state and the rest of the world continues to process through the COVID pandemic, governors throughout our nation – Republicans and Democrats – have utilized their offices and authorities in a variety of ways. In Washington state, the Emergency Powers Act (RCW 43.06.220) authorizes the...

Sen. Brad Hawkins
NCW - The 12th District and Washington’s 48 other legislative districts have had specific boundaries since 2012. The borders for these districts, as well as Washington’s 10 federal congressional districts, will change in 2022 after the state’s redistricting process is completed near the end of this...
OLYMPIA - A proposal introduced by 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins to implement recommendations of a key electric utilities wildfire group has been signed into law last week by Gov. Jay Inslee.   The legislation, Senate Bill 5158, directs state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz to...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 30, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ron Kind (D-WI), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act (CIAO Act), bipartisan legislation to improve...

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