Author Archives: rickm

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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26 Feb
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Protecting your personal information

Dear friends and neighbors, Now that we’ve passed the first big cut-off deadline of this legislative session, we know which bills have died and which are moving forward. And two of the biggest deal with protecting sensitive personal information that ...

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22 Feb
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Van De Wege’s generic drug bill clears key committee

Legislation to make less expensive prescription drugs available to Washingtonians cleared a pivotal committee today, positioning it for a vote before the full Senate. Senate Bill 5203, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, (D-Sequim), was approved by the Senate ...

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11 Feb
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Van De Wege bill would open door to more local parks capacity

Local governments would be able to improve, expand and add public parks to satisfy historically high demand, under legislation passed by the Senate Housing & Local Government Committee. “The coronavirus pandemic has reconnected people with the pleasures and enjoyment of ...

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05 Feb
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SB 5302 would help us reduce prescription drug prices

Dear friends and neighbors, One of my continuing efforts over the years has been to reduce the cost of the expensive prescription drugs that can strain household budgets. Two years ago, for instance, I secured $20,000 in the state operating ...

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05 Feb
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Van De Wege bill targets ‘unnecessarily high cost of drugs’

Costly prescription drugs could become available to Washingtonians in the form of far less expensive generic products, under legislation passed today out of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. “Generics are a cheaper alternative to many name-brand drugs ...

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29 Jan
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Lawmakers call for ‘fair and sound’ metrics for 24th District communities

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Port Townsend) and Rep. Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) released this statement today in response to the business reopening metrics announced Thursday by Gov. Jay Inslee: “Gov. Inslee’s recent change to the ...

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28 Jan
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Good news and bad news about COVID-19

Dear friends and neighbors, First the bad news, much of which you already know all too well. The pandemic continues to disrupt our personal and professional lives, our businesses and our communities. While we race to vaccinate the populace and ...

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21 Jan
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The time to ban seabed mining is now

Dear friends and neighbors, We often enact laws to correct or eliminate activities that are causing harm. What’s even better is when we can address a problem before it can even become a problem. That’s the case with my legislation ...

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14 Jan
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Pandemic relief is our top priority this session

Dear friends and neighbors, Probably no event in our lifetime has forced us to change the ways we live and work so dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when it comes to the Legislature, the pandemic is determining what we’ll ...

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