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In an unsuccessful attempt, Rep. Vincent Buys requests his bill that would keep the Alcoa Intalco Works plant operational by extending an aluminum smelter tax preference be pulled from committee to...

April 22, 2015

Rep. Buys' bi-weekly email update, where he discusses what's been happening in the state House and provides an update on some of his sponsored legislation.

Feb. 5, 2015

Rep. Buys provides an update on his sponsored legislation during the second week of the 2015 legislative session.

Jan. 22, 2015

Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, has earned the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) 2014 “Guardian of Small Business Award.” The awards were given in recognition of legislators’ business-friendly votes during the...

June 11, 2014

This is the 16th day of the 2014 legislative session. It has been a very busy, challenging and rewarding session so far. For those of you who may not know I...

Jan. 28, 2014

It has been great to be back in Whatcom County after the long 2012 sessions. As always, I am thankful for the support of everyone in my district. I appreciated hearing...

May 4, 2012

The 2012 legislative sessions finally came to an end on April 11, after 24 hours of voting, a 60-day regular session and 31 days of two special sessions. In this time,...

April 20, 2012

Today is the 38th day of the 2012 regular session; which means we are more than half-way done with the  60-days we have scheduled to be in Olympia. Recent days have...

Feb. 15, 2012

In less than a week the 2012 regular legislative session will officially start. I’m excited to get back to Olympia and continue to fight for important changes to government. Some of...

Jan. 6, 2012

My first legislative session in Olympia could be likened to a rollercoaster – many ups and downs, with lots of twists and turns. While tough decisions and difficult negotiations drew attention...

Aug. 2, 2011