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WAWG president testifies against cap and trade

This week, Washington Association of Wheat Growers President Ryan Poe spoke to the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee against SB 5126 (proposal for implementing a cap and trade program). Here is his testimony: “Good morning Chair Carlyle and members of the Committee: For the record, my name is Ryan Poe.  I am a 5th generation farmer from Hartline, Wash.  ... Read More »

WAWG member submits testimony on HB 1091

Last week, Washington Association of Wheat Growers board member Michele Kiesz volunteered to testify on HB 1091 (proposal for adoption of a low carbon fuel standard) in front of the House Environment and Energy Committee. Unfortunately, the hearing ran out of time before Michele’s turn to testify came up, so instead WAWG submitted the following as written testimony. “Chair Fitzgibbon, ... Read More »

2021 Legislative Session goes almost entirely virtual

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 11, 2021, the Washington State Legislature will be back in session, but operating very differently from past years due to the pandemic. For the first time in the state’s history, the session will be mostly conducted in a virtual format, and come January, the typically bustling capitol campus will be noticeably quiet and ... Read More »

Washington House releases remote legislative session plan for 2021

From q13fox.com The Washington state House on Friday released its plan for the upcoming legislative session, with opening ceremonies held at a nearby private university in order to abide by coronavirus restrictions, but with the rest of the work done remotely. Their plan comes more than a month after the Senate released its own plan to do the work of ... Read More »

Washington state Sen. Mark Schoesler stepping down as minority leader

From the Seattle Times Washington Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, who had a hand in guiding Republicans through several years in the majority, will step down from his leadership post, a spokesperson confirmed on Monday. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

WA Democrats see path to cleaner fuels, capital gains tax after election

From Crosscut.com Tuesday’s election wasn’t a blowout victory for Democrats in Washington state. Yet it looks as if Democrats may gain a few seats in the state Legislature — and even those modest gains could help propel some progressive priorities over the finish line, lawmakers said Wednesday. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Washington judge rules ag not exempt from overtime rules

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Today, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its decision concerning the constitutionality of RCW 49.46.130(2)(g), the statute exempting agricultural workers from the overtime pay requirement set out in the Washington Minimum Wage Act, ch. 49.46 RCW. In a 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court sided with the class of affected agricultural workers and held ... Read More »

2020 election updates

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist While ballots are still being counted, early results from the Nov. 3, 2020, election suggest that a combination of wins for both Republicans and Democrats even out to Democrats slightly increasing majorities in the both the state Senate and House of Representatives. However, the final election results will determine whether the legislature is more progressive. ... Read More »

Preliminary 2020 election results

By Diana Carlen WAWG lobbyist In recent weeks, some political commentators and editorials predicted a blue wave in Washington state, but that failed to materialize. The purpose of the Aug. 4 primary election is to narrow down the number of candidates that qualify for the November general election. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary election ... Read More »