Warnick fights for better budget, funding for healthcare access On Thursday, the state Senate approved its version of a nearly $60 billion operating budget for the next two years. Crafted by majority Democrats, Senate Bill 5092 was passed along party lines after numerous amendments offered by Senate Republicans failed to be passed, including efforts to curb emergency executive powers... Read More...
Joint 13th District Virtual Town Hall Please join me and my House seatmates for a virtual town hall Wednesday, March 24th at 7PM. You can register for the event by clicking here. Constituents can submit questions in advance. The conference can only accommodate the first 500 attendees, so participants should register early. Read More...
Warnick opposes new state income tax, fights for ag-industry exemption In an early-Saturday evening vote, the state Senate Democratic majority approved Senate Bill 5096, which would create a capital gains income tax in Washington state, by a vote of 25-24. State Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, offered an amendment that was not adopted that would have explicitly protected certain agricultural... Read More...
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...