December 18, 2019

Wagoner sponsors legislation to streamline prison medical procedures

Sen. Keith Wagoner has introduced a bill to ensure prison inmates get the medical care they need while incarcerated at Washington state correctional facilities. Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, prefiled Senate Bill 6063, which would require minimum qualifications for a prisoner medical director, set criteria for transferring a patient to a health care...
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May 29, 2019

Wagoner appointed to workgroup on aerial herbicide applications in forestlands

Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, has been appointed to the workgroup on aerial herbicide applications in forestlands. The newly formed workgroup will review roles of all management and regulatory agencies in approving herbicides for use and applications on forestlands in Washington state. Almost 1.8 million acres of federally granted forestlands in...
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May 03, 2019

Hold on to your wallet!

Dear Neighbor, Greetings! The Legislature adjourned just before the stroke of midnight on Sunday. I am very glad we got done in 105 days. Unfortunately, I am not pleased with many of the results. In the late hours of the closing days of the 2019 legislative session, the majority party...
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May 01, 2019

Wagoner grateful Oso memorial among 39th Legislative District projects in capital budget

Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, is pleased to see that the two-year state capital budget approved by the Legislature includes many projects in the 39th Legislative District, including $300,000 for the Oso memorial. “I am very proud of the 39th Legislative District projects that will be funded in this year’s capital...
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April 26, 2019

Taxed enough?

Dear Neighbor, Greetings! This marks the final week of the regular 2019 legislative session. While we do not have final transportation, capital and operating budgets just yet, Senate Democrats have introduced major tax proposals that will put a burden on the citizens of our state. They include: Senate Bill 5993 –...
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April 26, 2019

Bad bills passed by the legislature

House Bill 1087  –  A new billion-dollar payroll tax This bill puts a 0.58 percent premium (tax) on employee paychecks to create the Long Term Services and Supports Trust Program where an individual that contributes into the fund for at least 500 hours per year for 3 of the last 6...
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April 12, 2019

Wolves migrating into Skagit County

Dear Neighbor, Greetings!Last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that a pair of wolves had been documented living in Skagit County. WDFW supports a Wolf Management and Conservation Plan that envisions eight breeding pairs in the Cascades in addition to seven breeding pairs in other areas...
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April 09, 2019

Wagoner concerned about wolves migrating into western Washington

Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, issued the following statement regarding the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s announcement last week that a pair of wolves had been documented living in Skagit County. WDFW supports a Wolf Management and Conservation Plan that envisions eight breeding pairs in the Cascades in addition to...
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April 04, 2019

Wagoner grateful Senate adopts amendment to keep timber dollars in budget

Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the 2019-2021 operating budget. “I am glad to see that the Senate adopted a bipartisan amendment to continue putting forest revenue dollars in school districts through 2021. This is a good win and an important tool that will...
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