Rep. Andrew Barkis' News & Media


Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, gives you a preview of his agenda for the upcoming 2018 session. Affordable housing is one of his focuses and he explains why. It's also that time...

Dec. 8, 2017

Nearly two months after their initial roundtable meeting, state and local leaders reconvened Wednesday at the Yelm Community Center for a follow-up discussion on highway congestion south of Puget Sound —...

Dec. 8, 2017

Did you know that your Washington state legislators participate on councils and committees outside the Legislative body? Recently, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp appointed Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, to serve on...

Sept. 27, 2017

In this Capitol Conversation podcast, 2nd District Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, explains the state Supreme Court Hirst decision, how it is affecting decisions to purchase property, and why legislation to rollback...

Aug. 18, 2017

In this edition of the Barkis Breakdown, 2nd District Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, breaks down the longest session in state history – 193 days to be exact. He discusses where the...

Aug. 3, 2017

A bill modifying the current fee structure for surface mining, and another reducing the current growth management restrictions on school siting were recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. State...

July 10, 2017

Special to The News Tribune (June 4, 2017) For years, school districts, stakeholders, and lawmakers have been working diligently to reform the outdated Growth Management Act (GMA), and the restraints placed...

June 5, 2017

You will see a new face around 2nd District Rep. Andrew Barkis' legislative office in Olympia. Shelby Pelon steps into the legislative assistant role, replacing former assistant Barb Peters. Barb retired...

May 31, 2017

What are the specific rights or protections that small business owners have when selected for an audit, inspection, or other government agency enforcement action? A bill sponsored by Rep. Andrew Barkis,...

May 8, 2017

Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, saw his first bill as a lawmaker signed into law this week. Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1027 clarifying the licensing requirements for resident and nonresident...

April 20, 2017