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The 2017 Legislative Session began January 9, and there’s no shortage of issues we must address. At the top of the list is K-12 education funding and levy reform. We’ve been working on this for many years, and during this session I believe we can finish the job with a bipartisan solution that will impact generations to come.

Other important issues include continuing to upgrade our mental health care system, particularly for children, and creating jobs, not only in urban areas but all across the state.

As Chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee, I also work on such things as energy regulation, new energy sources, and opportunities to expand growing industries and jobs. Of course, I also focus on issues that affect the 40th Legislative District, from new ferries to water usage.

Please check back frequently for the latest news and updates on what is happening in Olympia during the legislative season.

And if you need information or have a legislative issue, always feel free to contact me with your requests and concerns. Either my legislative assistant or I will return your call, email, or letter promptly.

It’s an honor to serve you as your state representative in Olympia.

Jeff Morris

Biography

Rep. Jeff Morris represents the 40th Legislative District in Washington State, which includes San Juan County and parts of Skagit and Whatcom Counties.

A fourth-generation native of the San Juan Islands, Morris is one of the preeminent sources of critical thought on policy issues in the public and private sectors in the areas of energy, critical infrastructure, biotechnology, and commercialization.

He’s been named one of the 13 most Tech Savvy Legislators in the United States by Governing Magazine. In addition, Morris has been selected by his North American peers to head two regional policy organizations in the Council of State Governments West and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. He currently Co-Chairs the NCSL National Energy Task Force, co-founded Northwest Energy Angels (now Element 8) and created the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute.

Morris owns his own business, Energy Horizon Corporation, where his private sector work specializes in assisting Cleantech Companies in commercializing their intellectual property.

News

  • Morris bill protects consumers from new invasive technologies | News - March 2, 2017
    OLYMPIA – New technology, known as biometric identifiers, is becoming more prevalent in consumers’ daily lives, yet most have no idea information is gathered about them without their consent, according to Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mt. Vernon). With privacy concerns in... READ MORE
  • Rep. Jeff Morris 40th LD Legislative Update: Week 7 | News - February 20, 2017
    We are just starting our 7th week of the 15-week legislative session here in Olympia. We passed the House and Senate cutoff deadline on Friday when bills had to move out of policy committees. Thanks for your phone calls, letters... READ MORE
  • Local forestland preserve to be named after Bellingham community activist Harriet Spanel | News - February 10, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Rep. Jeff Morris is pushing legislation in Olympia to name a proposed conservation area in the Chuckanut Range after long-time local legislator and community activist Harriet Spanel. Morris (D-Mt. Vernon) said the tribute (HJM 4010) would be a... READ MORE
  • Jeff Morris Legislative Update: Week 4 | News - January 31, 2017
    Dear Friends, We’re just starting week four of our legislative session here in Olympia, which puts us just about a quarter of the way through the scheduled 105-day regular session. This week I wanted to give you a sense of... READ MORE
  • Morris bill would give electricity customers more service, incentive options | News - January 20, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Technology often drives change in how services are provided, and electric utilities aren’t immune, which is why Rep. Jeff Morris has introduced a bill giving them more flexibility in how they provide services and interact with customers. Morris... READ MORE
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    Contact

    Olympia Address:
    LEG 436A
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA 98504-0600

    (360) 786-7970
    Email Jeff

    Legislative Assistant:
    Kim O’Farrell
    Email: Kim.O’Farrell@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    Committees:
    Technology & Economic Development (Chair)

    Capital Budget
    Transportation

    For Press Inquiries:
    Jim Richards, Communications Director
    (360) 786-7206
    Jim.Richards@leg.wa.gov

    For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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