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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

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

Forty-second District Reps. Vincent Buys and Luanne Van Werven issued the following joint statement today about reducing the state property tax during the 2018 legislative session. “As homeowners begin to receive their property tax bills...

March 1, 2018

In a little more than a week, the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the 2018 legislative session. As we take care of the last few to-do items and continue debate on...

Feb. 28, 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

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

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

Legislators from the 42nd Legislative District, Reps. Vincent Buys and Luanne Van Werven, introduced legislation Monday to protect Washingtonians from property tax increases as a result of levy reform the Legislature passed in 2017....

Jan. 9, 2018