February 27, 2021

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...
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February 04, 2021

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...
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February 01, 2021

Inslee’s latest reopening plan “partisan politics” say District 13 legislators

Beginning today, large parts of the Central Puget Sound region will enter “Phase 2” of Governor Inslee’s latest reopening plan, the “Roadmap to Recovery.” State Sen. Judy Warnick, Rep. Tom Dent and Rep. Alex Ybarra have spent the past year pushing back on the governor’s COVID-related actions that fail to...
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January 18, 2021

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...
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December 01, 2020

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...
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September 16, 2020

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...
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September 02, 2020

Agritourism rules dust-up highlights need for better engagement, say Senate ag leaders

Washingtonians continue to cope with the COVID-19 impacts often made worse by unclear, inconsistent and hastily drafted executive orders. The most recent victims of such rushed rules were agritourism businesses. Late last week, the governor’s office issued rules that essentially shut down the industry, while letting other similar activities take...
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July 27, 2020

Warnick urges farmers to access recently expanded Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

Ranking member on the state Senate’s agriculture-related committee, Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, welcomed news from federal partners that more commodities are eligible for aid for Washington’s farmers and ranchers impacted by coronavirus restrictions. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) began in April for a limited number of hardest-hit products,...
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March 19, 2020

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...
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