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Senate and House Republican leaders address a proposed state income tax on capital gains, responding to reporters' questions on Senate Bill 5096 at a virtual media availability. Legislators also discussed the...

March 16, 2021

As I mentioned in my last email update, House Democrats met on July 31 to choose the next Speaker of the House. They chose Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma. She will...

Sept. 13, 2019

Less than a month after a Kittitas County sheriff's deputy was killed in the line of duty, the state House of Representatives once again paused Monday to pay tribute to a...

April 16, 2019

We just passed the midway point of the 105-day legislative session. With policy and fiscal committee cutoff deadlines behind us, the House and Senate spent most of this week voting bills...

March 8, 2019

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, offers comments on the 2017-19 House transportation budget. Orcutt serves as the ranking minority member of the House Transportation Committee.

April 13, 2017

A bill sponsored by Rep. Ed Orcutt and co-sponsored by Rep. Richard Debolt, which would protect a previously purchased burial plot in an abandoned cemetery, earned unanimous approval by the state...

March 8, 2017

In response to Governor Jay Inslee's comments about the possibility for another special session in November to pass a gas-tax increase, Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama and ranking Republican on the House...

Sept. 4, 2013

Rep. Richard DeBolt – (360) 786-7896 Rep. Ed Orcutt – (360) 786-7990 Rep. Jason Overstreet – (360) 786-7980 Rep. Matt Shea – (360) 786-7984 Rep. Mark Hargrove – (360) 786-7918  ...

March 7, 2013