Senate unanimously approves Warnick bill to boost local meat production As the COVID-19 outbreak spread in Washington, toilet paper wasn’t the only commodity in short supply. Consumers may recall that the butcher’s block was increasingly scarce, and prices were climbing. Estimates are that meat production, particularly of beef and pork, dropped by 30 percent. To protect the state’s food supply... Read More...
Update from Olympia Greetings Friends and Neighbors, We are fast approaching the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session. There have been some challenges conducting business as usual for the Legislature during this unusual time in our lives. The governor’s decision to close off a large portion of the Capitol grounds to the... Read More...
Warnick bill to study rural housing needs receives Senate hearing Addressing housing supply and costs continues to be a focal point for the Legislature. Although high-profile policies, such as reforms to housing provider-tenant law have recently been approved, there is still work needed to fix disparities between rural and urban development. State Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, has sponsored bipartisan... Read More...
Getting involved in the 2021 legislative session Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature has officially convened for its 2021 session. This year we are meeting virtually, except for the few legislators in caucus leadership positions who must be physically present to comply with constitutional requirements. This first week wasn’t without its challenges, but I’m pleasantly surprised with... Read More...
Warnick urges easing COVID restrictions for physical activities As the science related to COVID-19 and understanding of the virus continue to progress, state Sen. Judy Warnick is urging changes to restrictions that were put on fitness centers and youth sports in mid-November. In a letter to the governor’s office, Warnick and Senate Republican colleagues point to the detrimental... Read More...
Warnick urges stiff penalties for Inslee’s apple maggot gaffe In an effort to console eastern Washington communities devastated by wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee recently stopped for a public event in the town of Malden. During his remarks, Inslee offered words of encouragement and a seemingly benign gift – a box of apples picked from his own yard. However, the... Read More...
Legislature approves job-saving tax credit for aerospace refurbishing The state Legislature gave final approval to Senate Bill 6068, sponsored by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, and co-sponsored by her seatmates, Reps. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, and Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake. The bill keeps proven tax incentives for large airplanes undergoing modification work in Washington. Hundreds of family-wage jobs will continue thanks to the tax... Read More...