Category Archives: Jeff Morris

Governor signs Morris bill to foster telecommunications development

The state’s telecommunications industry will be poised to supply the burgeoning demands for service with new job-creation legislation sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mount Vernon). House Bill 2175, which Governor Inslee signed this morning, streamlines permit requirements for cellphone and wireless service expansion, with a focus on the scaled-down cell antennas and equipment installations that play an increasing role in telecommunications networks. The intent is to eliminate barriers that keep money from investment in the state telecommunications infrastructure. “The explosion … Continue reading

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Morris bill for third new ferry signed by governor

Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1129 this morning to update the state’s aging ferry fleet with a new ship. The addition will improve transportation, reduce costs of operation and sustain hundreds of shipyard jobs. “This is a win for the entire state,” said Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mount Vernon), the sole sponsor of the legislation. “Ferries support tourism, transportation efficiency and commerce. This is a bill that benefits every taxpayer.” The state’s ferry fleet—the largest in the nation—includes some boats that … Continue reading

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Rep. Morris’ bills to spur economic development win House OK

The state’s economy will be poised to catch the surging waves of growth in the natural gas and telecommunications industries under two job-creation proposals by Rep. Jeff Morris that won unanimous approval today in the state House.  “We’re on the verge of a Second Industrial Revolution here in North America, fueled by the abundance and low cost of our natural gas resources,” said Morris, chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. “We need to make sure that we … Continue reading

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Morris plan for third new ferry wins House approval

The state would update its aging ferry fleet with a new boat and save money on its construction under a bill approved by the House Feb. 12. “The average age of our fleet is approaching 50 years old,” said Rep. Jeff Morris, who sponsored the proposal. “We need to have boats that are built in the 21st century.” The state’s ferry fleet – the largest in the nation – includes some boats that date back to the Eisenhower Administration. The state … Continue reading

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Morris energy bills get green light in House

The state will cut energy consumption in the short term and aim to increase energy  efficiency down the road under a pair of bills by Rep. Jeff Morris approved in the state House Feb. 12. “Smart energy policy means moving ahead with steps that we already know will work, and also planning long-term for a changing resource environment,” said Morris, chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. “The goals in both cases are the same: Maximize efficiency for … Continue reading

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