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My work for you in Olympia did not end when the legislative session adjourned. Throughout the year I'm actively engaged in pursuing solutions to the public policy issues that affect you...

May 11, 2018

The scheduled 60-day session came to an end on March 8 and on time for the first time in four years. I'd like to take a few moments to highlight some of...

March 26, 2018

In our attempt to do something that would have created more transparency, while at the same time protecting sensitive personal constituent information sent to legislative offices, we did not meet the...

March 2, 2018

We are now past the midway point of this short 60-day session. For the next several days we will be spending the majority of our time on the House floor debating...

Feb. 9, 2018

The state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision threw decades of case law and legislation into a tailspin, putting the water permit process out of balance, and impeding economic growth in many rural...

Jan. 25, 2018

During the Governor's State of the State address last week, he made it clear he intends to push for a new, $1.5 billion carbon tax. This would translate to a 20-cent...

Jan. 17, 2018

Transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility are all included in House Bill 2242. Teachers will receive pay raises, school districts will be subject to rigorous new reporting standards, and most property owners...

July 1, 2017

Two major accomplishments for our region are funding for the Goodwin bridge in West Cashmere, and an amendment I sponsored that requested $280,000 of funds for the Woodin Avenue bridge in...

April 27, 2017

My first session in Olympia continues to be both educational and exciting. We have passed several important cut-off dates. We are busy now hearing bills brought to us from the Senate....

April 3, 2017

Rep. Mike Steele, R-Chelan, gives a "week in the life" update on his work in Olympia by highlighting a typical week in the Washington state legislature. He discusses floor action, votes...

March 16, 2017