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Governor signs Morris bill to foster telecommunications development

March 28, 2014

Washington House Democrats

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

Morris bill for third new ferry signed by governor

March 27, 2014

Rep. Jeff Morris

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

Senate OKs Rep. Morris’ bill for third new ferry

March 7, 2014

Rep. Jeff Morris

The state would update its aging ferry fleet with a new boat and sustain shipyard jobs under a bill approved by the Senate today. “This is a win for Washington,” said  Rep. Jeff Morris, who sponsored the proposal. “This bill is good news for businesses, commuters and  tourists, and for the boatbuilders and their families.” The state’s ferry fleet – the largest in the nation – includes some boats that date back to the Eisenhower Administration. The state Department of … Continue reading

Rep. Morris’ tourism-promotion bill heads to governor

March 7, 2014

Rep. Jeff Morris

State government will edge back into an official relationship with the marketing of Washington as a tourist destination under a bill by Rep. Jeff Morris that won final legislative approval March 6. “We need to tell the rest of the world how great our state is, and why it’s a terrific place to visit,” Morris, D-Mount Vernon, said. “Tourism means jobs for our state and a boost for our economy.” Morris’ House Bill 2229  calls on the Washington Tourism Alliance, … Continue reading

Dipping a state-government toe in tourism-promotion waters

February 28, 2014

Washington House Democrats

Dipping a state-government toe in tourism-promotion waters

No, the state is not going to revive its official tourism office, which was cut off from state funding and shut down in 2011 as a result of the Great Recession budget crunch. But if House Bill 2229 becomes law, state government will edge back ever so slightly into an official relationship with the marketing of Washington as a tourist destination. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris of Mount Vernon and approved 88-8 by the House Feb. 17, calls … Continue reading

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Rep. Jeff Morris some of the bills that passed last week, including his bill on a recovery tax credit for solar energy systems and extend the natural gas system to lower-income and less-serviced areas in Washington.

Rep. Jeff Morris talks about the successes of the House short session, including legislature on drone technology and economic development. He also thanks constituents for the feedback he received in his recent telephone town hall.

Rep. Jeff Morris discusses the coal train proposal at Cherry Point and broader environmental issues in this week’s legislative update.

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