Rep. Andrew Barkis named to three House comittees

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Rep. Andrew Barkis named to three House comittees

Rep. Andrew Barkishas been appointed to three House committees ahead of the 2017 legislative session. The 2nd District lawmaker will sit on the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs, Business and Financial Services, and Commerce and Gaming committees.

Barkis will serve as assistant ranking member of the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs committee, which considers issues relating to community development, housing, veterans, tourism and government-to-government relationship of the state and Indian tribes. Barkis will assist the ranking member during public hearings, help develop the committee agenda, and serve as one of the voices for the caucus on various issues heard by the committee.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen as assistant ranking member of this committee by House Republican leadership,” said Barkis, R-Olympia. “As a small business owner in the property management and real estate industry, housing issues are a natural interest to me. This opportunity puts me in a good place to help address many of the pressing issues facing our district and state.”

The House Business and Financial Services committee considers issues relating to the licensing and regulation of businesses and professionals, as well as issues relating to insurance, financial services and consumer protections. The House Commerce and Gaming committee considers issues relating to commerce in alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, including licensing, regulation and taxation, and issues relating to the regulation and oversight of gaming.

“My success as a small businessman will bring proven experience and sound judgment to the table, which will serve our citizens well,” said Barkis. “My knowledge and direct involvement in dealing with local rules and regulations will benefit our committee discussions. I look forward to getting to work.”

The 2017 legislative session begins Monday, Jan.9 and will run 105 consecutive days.

For more information about Rep. Barkis, visit: www.representativeandrewbarkis.com.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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