Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services is conducting an environmental review process for the Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project. A draft Environmental Impact Statement is now live on the Capitol Lake Deschutes Estuary website, linked here: https://capitollakedeschutesestuaryeis.org/library#DEIS The Department of Enterprise Services has created several opportunities for comment from our community, including a public hearing on July 27th at 6:30 PM. To learn how you can voice your concerns and comments, see the comments below in this post. Please note, the last day to submit comments is August 13th. For more information on submitting comments, please see the following information from the Department of Enterprise Services.
Senator Sam Hunt was elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and is also a member of the Ways & Means and Early Learning & K-12 Education committees. In addition, he the serves on the Legislative Oral History Advisory, Capitol Campus Design Advisory, Public Records Accountability and Exemptions and Public Records Committees, and the Washington-Hyogo Friendship Council. A former member of the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees, Sam volunteers with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, working to promote and improve civility among members of state legislatures.
A graduate of Washington State University, Sam was a schoolteacher in Pasco (where he also served as a city council member and mayor pro tempore) and Montesano. He also worked for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, served as staff director for the Washington Senate Majority Leader, was education advisor to Governor Booth Gardner, and served as legislative director at the Department of Information Services.
In 2017, Sam chaired the Council of State Governments West, an organization composed of legislators from the 13 western states, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and several Mexican border states. He is Chair-Elect of the Council of State Governments, which works with legislators and state elected officials across the nation.
Read Sen. Hunt’s full biography here.