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Dear Friends and Neighbors, Monday, (Jan. 27) put us at a quarter of the way through the legislative session. In 15 days we have seen almost 1600 bills introduced – 863 in the House. Keep in mind, those are just bills introduced this year. Bills introduced last year are also considered alive or...
WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced that he has nominated 17 students across Central Washington for consideration to attend U.S. military academies including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy. The nominations follow an interview process...

State Senator Brad Hawkins (third from left) met last week with, from left, Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley, Wenatchee Policy Chief Steve Crown, Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Callie, Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris, and Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett during the third week of the Legislative session./Courtesy Brian Zylstra, Senior Information Officer
OLYMPIA - I’m excited to share that my Washington apple license plate legislation, Senate Bill 6032, described in last week’s email newsletter received a public hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee last week.  Strong support for apple license plate bill I'm pleased to report that the...
OLYMPIA – Customers can now benefit from a sales tax exemption on the purchase and installation of qualified solar energy systems. The exemption covers all sales tax paid on the purchase and installation of solar energy systems that generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) AC of electricity. The exemption...
OLYMPIA – After expanding laboratory space and purchasing improved equipment, the Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Program is testing babies for additional rare congenital disorders and plans to add more conditions in the near future. “We save lives by testing all babies born in Washington...
WENATCHEE  -The Resource Advisory Committee for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will meet on June 13 to discuss potential funding for projects that benefit watersheds and forest-related resources on national forest lands in Okanogan and Chelan counties. Twenty-three projects will be reviewed...
BRIDGEPORT / PATEROS -  The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process that will lead to long-term recreation and land-use plans for Alta Lake and Bridgeport state parks, located in Okanogan County. The public is invited to attend the first several planning...
WENATCHEE - The Resource Advisory Committee for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will meet on two upcoming dates to discuss potential funding for projects that benefit watersheds and forest-related resources on national forest lands in Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties. Thirty-...
VANCOUVER – Governor Jay Inslee has signed EHB 1638, updating Washington state’s school and child care immunization requirements to remove the personal/philosophical exemption for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. “Measles outbreaks across the US demonstrate why this bill is so vitally...
OLYMPIA -- Recently released Healthy Youth Survey data show a high and increasing number of Washington youth reported feeling so sad or hopeless they stopped a usual activity or seriously considered suicide in the past year. The number of students who reported feeling anxious, nervous or on edge or...

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