Pearson jobs bill for Northern State clears first committee hurdle                 Yesterday, constituents and stakeholders for jobs in Skagit County testified in support of Sen. Kirk Pearson’s, R-Monroe, bill to open the former Northern State Hospital site for economic development. Committee members voted to pass the measure, Senate Bill 5887, out of committee.... Read More...
Bailey, Pearson water relief bills advance out of committee Today, a package of bills to ensure public water access introduced by Sen. Barbara Bailey and Sen. Kirk Pearson passed out of the Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee. Recent restrictive interpretations of in-stream flow rules left people in the Skagit River Basin unable to utilize their properties. “I... Read More...
Pearson bill would help identify the next Oso or Mount Saint Helens On Thursday the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee held a public hearing on a measure sponsored by Sen. Kirk Pearson that would establish the Department of Natural Resources as the official depository for a library of LiDAR mapping, which would be accessible to municipalities, disaster-relief workers, builders and the... Read More...
In the News: Arlington teen serves as a page in Olympia Samuel Neunzig, a student at Arlington High School, recently spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Neunzig was one of 18 students who served as Senate pages for the opening week of the 2015 legislative session. Senate pages are responsible... Read More...
Pearson bill goes after illegal ‘skimming’ of personal information On Tuesday the Senate Law and Justice Committee held a public hearing on a measure sponsored by Sen. Kirk Pearson that would make it harder for identity thieves to use increasingly-sophisticated “skimming” technology to acquire access to victims’ personal financial information. “Identity theft is a horrible crime that can follow... Read More...
Pearson named Coastal Conservation Association Legislator of the Year On Tuesday, the Coastal Conservation Association of Washington presented Sen. Kirk Pearson with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award, recognizing his ongoing commitment to the state’s fisheries and support for recreational fishing. “Senator Pearson has been a champion of the immense economic, social, and conservation benefits of recreational fishing... Read More...
Pearson announces Senate work session on Oso slide and forest fires This year Washington experienced two of the worst natural disasters in its history with the Oso landslide, which took 43 lives – making it one of the deadliest single landslides ever in the United States – and the Carlton Complex fire, which was the largest wildfire in state history. Today... Read More...
Pearson announces Senate work session on WDFW hatchery settlement Today Sen. Kirk Pearson, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee, announced that the committee will hold a work session July 29 to discuss the recent settlement between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Wild Fish Conservancy concerning the state’s early-winter hatchery-steelhead program. “It is... Read More...
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