March 05, 2020

Legislature approves Muzzall bill to save farm internship program

The House of Representatives gave its unanimous approval Wednesday to legislation sponsored by state Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, to extend a valuable farm internship program. Clearing its final hurdle, Senate Bill 6421 now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to revive...
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March 02, 2020

Listening to You – Town Hall Follow-up

Greetings from Olympia, The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to conclude March 12. Things are really picking up. We are now looking at legislation that the House has approved. Those bills will have to go through the committee process here in the Senate and then taken up on the floor....
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February 14, 2020

Update from Olympia – Halfway There

Greetings from Olympia, The 60-day legislative session is just over halfway finished. As a member of the Senate budget committee (Ways and Means), we worked late into the evening getting public input on bills that will have financial implications. The full Senate has begun working on approving (or voting against)...
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February 14, 2020

Update from Olympia

Greetings from Olympia, The 60-day legislative session is just over halfway finished. As a member of the Senate budget committee (Ways and Means), we worked late into the evening getting public input on bills that will have financial implications. The full Senate has begun working on approving (or voting against)...
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February 13, 2020

Muzzall legislation would reestablish farm internship program

Farms across the country are facing challenges recruiting the next generation of farmers. Under legislation introduced by state Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor and approved today by the state Senate, the state would revive a pilot program to expose young workers to the agricultural industry through farm internships. “Young folks...
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February 06, 2020

Three friends serve as pages

Jerry Coleman, Hailey Sarber, and Rozzy Ware traveled from their homes in Stanwood and Mount Vernon to spend a week paging for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. They were three of the 20 students who served as Senate pages for the third week of the 2020...
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January 31, 2020

Update from Olympia

Greetings from Olympia, We’re in the third week of the legislative session and the committees are working quickly to get public comment on legislation and voted out before the Feb. 7 deadline for policy committees. Things feel a bit frantic as the majority party doesn’t appear to have clear direction...
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January 20, 2020

The 2020 Legislative Session Begins

  January 20, 2020 Greetings from Olympia, Happy New Year! The 2020 legislative session is underway, and it was a fast and eventful first week. After I was sworn in during the opening-day ceremonies, the Legislature got right to work, holding committee hearings and even voting on bills that were still...
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January 15, 2020

Sen. Muzzall unanimously elected deputy whip

On the third day of the 2020 legislative session, Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, was elected to a leadership position by his Senate Republican colleagues. Muzzall will serve as the deputy whip for the caucus. “The selection for this position came as a surprise to me,” said Muzzall. “The caucus...
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