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A lot has happened since the last time I wrote to you. Since then, the governor has enacted and twice extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order; the number of coronavirus...

May 4, 2020

The 2020 legislative session ended just after 8 p.m. on Thursday night, March 12. The last bill passed by the House will provide $175 million from the Budget Stabilization Account (also...

March 20, 2020

Rep. Ed Orcutt, chair of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, discusses the recent state revenue forecast and using part of the $2.4 billion state budget surplus for property tax relief.

Feb. 25, 2020

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, discusses his opposition to a controversial, new low-carbon fuel standard (House Bill 1110) and a new B&O tax increase on employers (Senate Bill 6492).

Feb. 7, 2020

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, argues against controversial low-carbon fuel standard legislation (House Bill 1110) on the House floor.

Jan. 29, 2020

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, discusses House Republican efforts to implement $30 car tabs and uphold the will of the voters, and the uncertainty of what will happen in the House Finance...

Jan. 24, 2020

Majority Democrats gave little notice before holding an executive session Friday morning in the House Finance Committee where they approved billions of dollars in new and increased taxes. John Sattgast reports...

April 22, 2019

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, joins KELA to discuss his legislation regarding abandoned cemeteries, efforts to improve rural broadband, forecasts that show that the state is raising additional revenue, the budget, a...

March 6, 2019

Rep. Ed Orcutt discusses past and approaching legislative deadlines, upcoming House floor action, and the status on his rural broadband legislation (House Bill 1800).

Feb. 28, 2019

The House reached its first legislative deadline today: policy committee cutoff. This means that all policy-only bills needed to pass out of their respective House policy committees or they are no...

Feb. 22, 2019