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Rep. Appleton retains chairmanship of House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee

Once again, State Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23rd, Poulsbo) has been tapped by her colleagues to chair the House committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs.  The panel is charged with considering issues relating to, among other things, community development, veteran-related legislation, tourism and the government-to-government relationship of the state and Indian tribes. The committee also considers bills relating to housing, including the accessibility and affordability of housing, state assistance to low-income housing, housing authorities, and the Housing Finance Commission. … Continue reading

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Reps. Blake and Kretz to hold “Planning for Fire Season 2015” meeting in Brewster January 5

Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), Chair of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda) will host presentations by local and state officials for the local community about preparations for the upcoming 2015 fire season on January 5th. The discussion will revolve around the roles and responsibilities of state and local agencies regarding wildfire fighting, protection of homes, evacuation orders and other areas related to fire. Special focus will be given to preparations for the next fire … Continue reading

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Wylie to vice chair Commerce & Gaming Committee and serve on Finance and Technology & Economic Development

  State Rep. Sharon Wylie is back in Olympia to begin her third term representing the 49th Legislative District in the House of Representatives. This coming session Wylie will vice chair the Commerce & Gaming Committee (previously known as Government Accountability & Oversight), and will also serve on the Finance and the Technology & Economic Development Committees. “Working closely with the Liquor Control Board over the past two years, I expect we’ll see strong legislation that protects minors but also … Continue reading

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Hudgins to release package of stronger cybersecurity laws

OLYMPIA – Your private information is stored on countless servers, both public and private. With data breach after breach in the news these days, how can we do a better job of protecting your private information from hackers? “Every week, there are new stories about data breaches,” said Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, chair of the new General Government and Information Technology Committee in the House of Representatives. “It doesn’t have to be this way. We can do a better job … Continue reading

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House committees, chairs finalized

The House Democratic Caucus today approved the committee chairs and vice chairs for the upcoming legislative session. (Click here for a complete HDC committee list.) Policy Committees Agriculture and Natural Resources: Rep. Brian Blake (Aberdeen), chair; Rep. Kris Lytton (Anacortes), vice-chair Business and Financial Services: Rep. Steve Kirby (Tacoma), chair; Rep. Cindy Ryu (Shoreline), vice-chair Commerce and Gaming: Rep. Chris Hurst (Enumclaw), chair; Rep. Sharon Wylie (Vancouver), vice-chair Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs: Rep. Sherry Appleton(Poulsbo), chair; Rep. June … Continue reading

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