Author Archives: rickm

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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04 Mar
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Senate passes Van De Wege bill to ban destructive seabed mining

Legislation passed unanimously today by the Senate would ban seabed mining, a growing industry that ravages natural habitat to extract minerals and deposits from the ocean floor. “So far, seabed mining has not been practiced in our state, and this ...

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02 Mar
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How I confronted garbage and swine in Olympia

Dear friends and neighbors, Olympia can be a stuffy place. We vote on bills with titles like “Dredged material disposal,” “Irrigation dist. elections” and “Bridge year pilot program.” Then you get a bill titled “Prohibiting the feeding of garbage to ...

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