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We are at the midway point for the 2018 legislative session. This year is a short session — 60 days — during which we'll work on making small tweaks to our state budgets....

Feb. 6, 2018

Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, discusses lawmakers' efforts to help those suffering from high car-tab fees as a result of Sound Transit 3, an effort to address Washington's opioid crisis, and the...

Jan. 25, 2018

After 193 days — the longest session in state history — the Legislature finally adjourned. While taking three extra sessions to finish business for the year is less than ideal, I'm...

Aug. 4, 2017

We've reached the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session. While this session is long — 105 days — we've been making steady progress. Two important legislative deadlines have passed — policy...

March 3, 2017

It's been a busy first month of the 2017 legislative session. On Jan. 9, lawmakers traveled to Olympia to kick off this year's 105-day session. It's an honor to be back...

Feb. 3, 2017

Rep. Rodne discusses the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, major issues on tap for lawmakers.

Jan. 17, 2017

Now that the 2016 general election is behind us, I can resume sending you these email updates. Under the provisions of a 1991 law created by Initiative 134, there are limits on what...

Dec. 6, 2016

The Legislature finally wrapped up work for the year March 29. This session, lawmakers were tasked with passing a supplemental budget that made small, midcourse adjustments to the two-year spending plan...

April 5, 2016

The final pieces of the puzzle are falling into place as there's less than two weeks left in the 2016 legislative session. Session is scheduled to adjourn March 10, and I'm...

Feb. 29, 2016

It's official. The Legislature has finally adjourned after one regular session, two special sessions and a partial third, all totaling 176 days. This has been the longest session in state history,...

July 17, 2015