Category Archives: Jeff Morris

Morris bill to protect high-tech consumer biometric data clears House

OLYMPIA – The House of Representatives voted 91-6 to pass Rep. Jeff Morris’ (D – Mount Vernon) bill to protect high-tech consumer biometric data. Technology allowing companies to collect biometric data is not limited to science fiction — iris scans, facial recognition and voice recognition technologies already exist, but have yet to be largely used in the commercial and retail industries. House Bill 1094 would establish regulations and limitations on how this information could be collected and used in the future. … Continue reading

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House approves Morris drone bill to strengthen privacy protections

OLYMPIA – Today the House of Representatives passed Rep. Jeff Morris’ (D – Mount Vernon) bill to strengthen Washingtonians’ privacy protections from drone surveillance. House Bill 1093, which passed 94-3, would prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) equipped with sensing devices that collect personal information, including images of individuals on private property, without the individual’s consent. “This bill would address just about every weird drone event you have heard about in the news in the last year,” Morris said. … Continue reading

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Update from Rep. Jeff Morris: Appliance efficiency, coal plants, and the budget

Welcome to my E-Newsletter. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. Within the last couple of weeks we have seen a flurry of activity here in the Legislature as we near the cut-off date for policy bills to be heard in committee. Soon we will be on the floor full time, voting on the bills which have made it to this significant halfway mark. I have included information on higher efficiency standards for appliances and a strategy for … Continue reading

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Rep. Morris bill would create a pathway for utility companies to close coal plants

OLYMPIA – Washington utilities maintain a diverse energy supply to provide customers with reliable and affordable electric power: hydropower, wind, natural gas and coal. When any one of those energy sources is removed, the reliability and affordability for customers is threatened. Despite state, federal and consumer pressures, the transition for utility companies to end coal-fired energy generation is more complicated than simply closing coal plants. But today, Rep. Jeff Morris (D – Mount Vernon) introduced legislation that would give Washington state utilities … Continue reading

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Update from Rep. Jeff Morris: Energy bills, transportation, drones and consumer privacy

Welcome to my first E-Newsletter of the 2015 Legislative Session! I greatly appreciate the honor of serving the 40th Legislative District and representing you here in Olympia. Please take a look at some of the issues we will be facing this session, as well as the bills and issues I will be working on. We are off to a running start and I look forward to your calls, emails and letters. Your input is appreciated and vital in the decision … Continue reading

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