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A bill that will create exemptions for infill development under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday. House Bill 2673 was introduced...

March 20, 2020

Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee, released the following statement on the Democrats' proposed supplemental transportation budget: “Unlike the proposed supplemental operating budget, our budget cabinet...

Feb. 25, 2020

Two monumental housing policies that seek to get Washington state building again passed the state House of Representatives this week. Both bills were authored by Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia. “From the...

Feb. 19, 2020

Rep. Andrew Barkis, ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee, released the following statement on a King County Judge's I-976 ruling: “While the ruling was a win for proponents of I-976,...

Feb. 13, 2020

New, expensive program could raise the cost of gas by 57 cents for Washingtonians House Democrats passed controversial legislation today that would create a low-carbon fuel standard mandate in Washington state....

Jan. 29, 2020

Barkis: “We have put solutions on the table that would respect the will of the voters and meet future transportation needs.” Washington House Republicans have unveiled a plan that would implement...

Jan. 15, 2020

Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee, released the following statement in response to the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) report on the 2017 Amtrak Passenger Train...

May 23, 2019

One of the many issues at the forefront of the 2019 legislative session in Olympia was the state's housing affordability crisis. Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed a bill into law that...

May 10, 2019

Lawmakers in Olympia approved the state's 2019-21 biennial transportation budget. The $9.8 billion spending plan will fund essential infrastructure projects across the state, including maintenance and preservation of current transportation systems,...

April 28, 2019

Recently, the state House of Representatives, on a party-line vote, approved Senate Bill 5600 relating to residential tenant protections. This bill attempts to reform current statute by making a number of...

April 17, 2019