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The Legislature adjourned on March 8. It is great to be back in beautiful Whatcom County. Since being home, we have had opportunities to meet with constituents and local groups about...

May 7, 2018

A bill that would exempt from public disclosure trade information related to hop grower lot information was signed by the governor today. Currently, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) conducts...

March 22, 2018

The 2018 legislative session came to a close yesterday. This session had its share of highs and lows, but the good news is we adjourned on time, and accomplished much of...

March 9, 2018

Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, joins Glenn Vaagen on the Washington Ag Network and discusses the impact of a potential carbon tax on Washington’s agriculture community, increasing funding for wildfire prevention and...

Feb. 21, 2018

Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, discusses legislative cutoffs, and two bills he prime sponsored during the 2018 legislative session, including a bill to help food truck owners.

Feb. 15, 2018

The 2018 legislative session is officially underway. This year, lawmakers will be in Olympia for 60 days and are tasked with doing supplemental work on our state budgets. This means making...

Jan. 25, 2018

Landowners will finally see relief from a state Supreme Court decision that has halted rural development thanks to a bill passed by the Legislature today. Senate Bill 6091 alleviates the pressure...

Jan. 18, 2018

Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, shares five things you need to know for the 2018 legislative session, including the latest on a Hirst fix and the capital budget, the governor’s carbon-tax proposal,...

Jan. 18, 2018

Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, gives a detailed breakdown of the positions held by House Republicans and Democrats over rural water rights severely impacted by the Hirst Supreme Court decision. The ranking...

Jan. 10, 2018

With much recent attention on the state Supreme Court case Whatcom County v. Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, often called Hirst, we would like the opportunity to express the views...

Jan. 10, 2018