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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

There's less than one month left of the 2017 legislative session. So far, the House has passed 380 bills and the Senate has passed 296 bills. Right now, House committees are...

March 24, 2017

We're now more than halfway through the 2017 legislative session. Three major legislative deadlines are behind us — policy and fiscal committee cutoffs, and house of origin cutoff. That means bills...

March 10, 2017

If hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated stormwater and raw sewage flows into Puget Sound, but politicians and environmental groups don’t make a peep, did it really happen? That’s what...

March 6, 2017

Policy committee cutoff is exactly one week away. That means any bills without a fiscal impact that do not pass out of their respective committees will be considered "dead" for the...

Feb. 10, 2017

Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, was selected by House Republican Leadership to serve on the House Environment Committee. The shift came after then-Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, was appointed to the Senate, vacating...

Feb. 10, 2017

Reps. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, and Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, share a common concern when it comes to agriculture: water.  The legislators talked with Glenn Vaagen of the Washington Ag Network about their mutual...

Jan. 21, 2016

The first major bill cutoff of the 2015 legislative session is tomorrow, Feb. 20. This means all bills referred to a policy committee not passed out of that committee are labeled...

Feb. 19, 2015