Rep. Denny Heck
Photo credit: Greg Nash
Photo courtesy: Sen. Becker’s Newsletter
“Republican leadership gathered for a press conference Tuesday to discuss
their views on party issues. House Republican Floor Leader Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm (second to right)
disagrees with a marijuana bill that was discussed during a hearing Tuesday.”
Photo courtesy: Rebecca White, Columbia Basin Herald
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– “Heck joins House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence”
This week Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi selected Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) to serve on the prestigious House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the new Congress.
Rep. Heck released the following statement on the appointment:
“As we face a changing security environment, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, and new threats, especially in the fallout of Russian hacking, our intelligence community will continue to play an increasingly critical role in keeping our nation safe and our democracy strong.
“My district is home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the U.S. Army’s Pacific power-projection platform, and the Puget Sound area is also home to world-class technology companies with cybersecurity expertise that have spurred path-breaking partnerships that support our national security, such as Washington Air National Guard’s 194th Regional Support Wing.
“I look forward to discussing the unique capabilities we have in Washington state as I serve on this important committee. I pledge to work with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to oversee our national security assets and maintain our leadership around the world.”
Read more from Rep. Heck’s Press Release.
– From Senator Becker in her new position as Caucus Chair and what it means for you
“Session this year started off with the honor of my colleagues electing me to serve as Caucus Chair of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus for the next two years. What does that mean, exactly? Simply put, it is now my duty to conduct all the caucus meetings and to serve as the spokesperson for the caucus on all operational matters. I’m also responsible for hiring our staff.
So, what does that mean for you? As the Caucus Chair I get a much more intimate look into how the Senate works and a deeper understanding of the legislative process. I’m proud of my voting record and the work I’ve done on behalf of the 2nd Legislative District, and this new knowledge will make me even more effective at advocating for your interests this session.
Something that won’t change, though, is that my door is wide open for my constituents. Come see me at the Capitol and share your concerns with me in person. I look forward to it!”
– “State lawmakers talk marijuana regulations, suspensions”
“Members of the Commerce and Gaming committee heard testimony Tuesday from lobbyists, concerned citizens and shop owners for several marijuana bills.”
“One of the biggest bills during the hearing was a plan to sanction counties and cities that have informal moratoriums on marijuana retail sale.
The sanction for continuing a moratorium on marijuana retail sales would force counties to give up 70 percent share of their share of any money from the liquor revolving fund, and in addition, they would receive no share of state marijuana tax revenue.”
“House Republican Floor Leader Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, disagreed with the sanction during a press conference early Tuesday afternoon. Wilcox said he would like more liquor and cannabis money to return to local governments instead of penalizing them.
‘I just don’t see why we should be in the business of compelling them to do it regardless of their values in the city are,’ Wilcox said. ‘I believe that at this point, if they don’t allow marijuana sales, they don’t get to share in marijuana revenues, that sounds like enough of an incentive to me,'” by Rebecca White, Columbia Basin Herald.