Author Archives: rickm

29 Nov
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Van De Wege , Chapman, Wellman cry foul on Seattle crosswalk cameras

A trio of state lawmakers is uneasy that their constituents and other visitors to Seattle might unknowingly be recorded on camera violating a new law unlike any traffic laws outside the city limits. Beginning Jan. 1, Seattle will install cameras ...

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13 May
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Van De Wege bill to allow lower-cost generic drugs becomes law

Costly prescription drugs could become available to Washingtonians in the form of far less expensive generic products, thanks to legislation signed into law Wednesday by the governor. “It’s common knowledge that Americans pay far more for everyday prescription drugs than ...

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03 May
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It’s the law: Van De Wege bill bans destructive seabed mining

Seabed mining, a growing industry that destroys natural habitat to extract minerals and deposits from the ocean floor, is prohibited in offshore Washington waters by legislation signed into law today by the governor. “This will ensure that our offshore habitat ...

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26 Apr
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Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds takes effect

Effective immediately, grants to boost the state’s salmon population are exempt from sales and B&O taxes. Senate Bill 5220, which took effect upon being signed today by the governor, codifies that nonprofits do not need to pay sales-and-use tax on ...

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09 Apr
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Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds passes House

Legislation passed unanimously today by the House will ensure that grants to boost the state’s salmon population cannot be subjected to sales or B&O taxes. Senate Bill 5220, which already passed the Senate, codifies that nonprofits do not need to ...

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24 Mar
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Thanks for an incredibly informative town hall!

Dear friends and neighbors, I always enjoy town hall meetings, but Monday’s was extra special. The level of participation was by far our highest ever, and it showed in the quality of discussion. The questions were plentiful and knowledgeable, and ...

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18 Mar
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How capital gains and childcare go hand in hand

Dear friends and neighbors, Earlier this month, the Senate passed two major bills on a long Saturday afternoon. It was no accident that we passed both bills the same day, because they are related. Senate Bill 5237 is a sweeping ...

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15 Mar
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Our telephone town hall meeting is set for March 22

Dear friends and neighbors, Though the pandemic has made direct interactions a little trickier this legislative session, one communications channel is unchanged—the telephone town hall meetings I host with my district seatmates, Rep. Steve Tharinger of Port Townsend and Rep. ...

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04 Mar
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Senate passes Van De Wege bill to allow lower-cost generic drugs

Costly prescription drugs could become available to Washingtonians in the form of far less expensive generic products, under legislation passed today by the Senate. “We want generics to be as cheap and safe as possible,” Sen. Kevin Van De Wege ...

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04 Mar
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Senate passes Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds

Legislation passed 48-1 today by the Senate would ensure that grants to boost the state’s salmon population cannot be subjected to sales or B&O taxes. Senate Bill 5220 would codify that nonprofits do not need to pay sales-and-use tax on ...

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