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It's an honor to serve you in the state House, bringing your priorities to the forefront. As we begin the fourth week of the 2017 legislative session, I want to provide...

Jan. 30, 2017

Although another special session was necessary, our fourth in the past two years, I am pleased the Legislature passed strong supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets before adjourning last Tuesday. The...

April 7, 2016

For much of this session, I was optimistic we would finish our work on time and avoid yet another special session. As we inched closer and closer to the March 10...

March 18, 2016

There is less than a week remaining in the 2016 legislative session. Supplemental operating budget proposals have been voted out of both the House and Senate, and negotiators are currently working...

March 4, 2016

We've hit two milestones since my last update. First, we moved past the halfway point of the 2016 session. Second, we passed house of origin cutoff, which means any bills that...

Feb. 19, 2016

The House has unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Hargrove that would require DSHS to better communicate with foster parents.

Feb. 13, 2016

Today is policy committee cutoff, which means most bills that have not passed out of their respective committees will be considered "dead" for the session. Here is a brief update on...

Feb. 5, 2016

The 2016 legislative session is under way, and things are already moving quickly. This is a supplemental budget year, which means our task is addressing emergency appropriations and other small adjustments...

Jan. 25, 2016

Republican Mark Hargrove has introduced a bill that, if passed, would make college possible for thousands in Washington state. At no additional cost to taxpayers.

Jan. 21, 2016

Although we needed 176 days and three special sessions, the 2015 legislative session is now over. The Legislature has held 13 special sessions in the last 10 years, which is a...

July 16, 2015