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Capital budget still tied up by Hirst Bill

Everybody holding the line in impasse

The Republicans and Democrats are still locked in a tug-of-war involving the state’s capital budget and the Repulicans’ desire to undo the Hirst decision by which the state supreme court muddied everybody’s water.

House should do its job in Olympia

“Do your job” is heard from corporate boardrooms to family farms to successful sports teams. It’s both a rallying cry and a nod to individual accountability.

Protecting those who protect us

“It comes with the job” is a phrase many of us know. Usually, it refers to a hazardous condition or inherent downside that people who go into a certain line of work take as a given condition of employment.

Honeyford seeks flood funding

Senator asks Inslee for help for Outlook

Even as residents sign up to sue for flood damages, a state senator is seeking help from the governor’s office.

Senate passes ‘hate crime’ bill

Honeyford proposal goes to state House

A Sunnyside lawmaker’s bill to protect law enforcement officers cleared a hurdle yesterday.

Senate measure may reverse Hirst

I’ve made the drive between Sunnyside and the state Capitol too many times to count in my years representing the 15th Legislative District.

Honeyford honors FFA

A Sunnyside lawmaker’s legislation is honoring FFA.

‘Education lab’ open once more

The first time I placed my hand on the Bible and took the oath of office as a member of the state House of Representatives was in 1995. The atmosphere was charged with the spirit of reform.

Feedlot operators seek state Clean Air Act exemptions

Effort gets backing from Honeyford

Cattle feeders across Washington may become exempt from state regulations on dust kicked up by their livestock and equipment if a bills being considered by the 2017 Legislature become law.

A bait-and-switch budget offer

What could be more cynical and cruel than convincing people who passionately care about the environment that you have a plan to save it when all you really have is a way to grab money and kill jobs?

VFW hosting event for state lawmakers

Nine legislators invited to join dinner meeting

Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 3482 will host state legislators next week.

River threat worries officials

Honeyford to introduce legislation

What do zebra and quagga mussels have to do with Central Washington waterways?

Looking at Olympia in rear-view mirror

I pulled into my driveway in Sunnyside late on the afternoon of March 31.

Gov. Inslee orders special session

Gov. Inslee vetoes 27 bills

State lawmakers are headed back to work today to hammer out a supplemental budget.

House delaying up capital budget OK

When I pulled the pickup truck into Olympia in early January, I was hopeful this “short” 60-day legislative session would truly be just that — 60 days.

Lawmakers enter the home stretch in Olympia

Legislative session down to last week

A session that has seen lawmakers tackle everything from bathrooms to education funding is winding down.

Pioneering lawmakers are making history

Late in November 2012, I traveled to our state Capitol for the biennial re-organization of my Senate Republican Caucus.

Hip, tech-savvy senator hits Olympia

I arrived at the state Capitol just before 7 a.m. Jan. 11. It was the first day of the legislative session, but I had been in Olympia almost a week.

Senate seeks Inslee testimony on inmate glitch

The computer glitch setting more than 3,000 state inmates free is the focus of a subpoena Senate Republicans submitted to Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday.

Legislators to tackle Inslee’s gun policy

State lawmakers today have another item for their to-do list as Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday signed an executive order to curb gun crime and suicide.

Legislators offer mixed reviews for Gov. Inslee’s budget

Yakima Valley lawmakers are less than enthusiastic about Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal for 2016.

Lawmakers prep for new session

Water, education, aiding the economy in rural communities and taxation are among Lower Valley legislators’ priorities as they prepare to start a new session in Olympia one month from today.

Legislators take wait-and-see approach on high court penalty

The state Supreme Court’s decision last week to fine the state $100,000 a day because it feels there is lack of progress on funding basic education isn’t finding many friends in the Lower Valley.

Lawmakers mark highs and lows of marathon session

State legislators made history - both good and bad - during the session that wrapped up last Friday.

S’side lawmaker lauds state capital budget as a boon to water, education

Sen. Jim Honeyford says the new $3.9 billion capital budget passed by lawmakers this past Tuesday night mirrors the budget priorities that have defined the 2015 legislative session…strong reforms, accountability and providing maximum return to taxpayers for every dollar.

State lawmakers under the gun to get budget crafted

Early release of some prison inmates and a complete shutdown of state parks are among possible impacts if lawmakers don’t approve a budget by June 30.

Roza board reviews Honeyford proposal

A proposal by Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside that would add a property assessment to fund water projects received support this past Tuesday from the Roza Irrigation District board of directors.

Lawmakers prepping for 2015 session

Funding basic education and addressing water storage needs are among the issues facing 15th District lawmakers when the state legislature begins a new session on Monday, Jan. 12.

Honeyford afforded two honors

In a ceremony held May 1, Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) received the first-ever College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year Award for social sciences from Central Washington University.

Sunnyside lawmaker’s bill that protects state waters signed into law by governor

Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to keep state waterways from being infested by non-native mussels and other invasive species was validated when Senate Bill 6040 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee last week.

Sunnyside legislator pleased with work on budget

Members of the state Senate yesterday, Thursday, passed the 2014 supplemental operating budget proposal, which was supported by Sen. Jim Honeyford.

Defense against invasive species now one step closer

Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to keep state waterways from being infested by non-native mussels received another boost this past Tuesday.

Honeyford bill would spare honeybee industry from sting of B&O tax

OLYMPIA - The Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee last Thursday considered a bill aimed at putting more buzz into the state’s honeybee industry.

Honeyford works to allow Selah facility to begin accepting new patients

OLYMPIA - To help protect the vulnerable residents who call the Yakima Valley School in Selah their home, Sen. Jim Honeyford has proposed a bill that would allow the residential care facility to begin admitting new patients again.

Washington State Farm Bureau names lawmaker from Sunnyside its legislator of the year for 2013

Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) last Wednesday accepted the Washington State Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year Award for an unprecedented third time. The Sunnyside Republican also received the award in 2003 and 2007.

Honeyford out of gate quickly for start of new session

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Legislature begins a new session today, Monday, and Sen. Jim Honeyford already has two proposals for his colleagues to consider.


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