Posted by Samantha Wohlfeil on January 27, 2015
UPDATE: The bill was moved to the Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, Jan. 28, and a vote there will decide if and when it moves on to the Rules Committee.
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s oil train safety bill was approved by the committee he chairs on Tuesday, Jan. 27. It will now move to the Senate Rules Committee before possibly getting a vote on the floor.
The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee amended Senate Bill 5057 Tuesday, to include provisions that would expand state authority to inspect rail crossings and form a workgroup that would look to see if more regulations are necessary for marine oil transport on the Columbia River and in Grays Harbor, according to an announcement from Ericksen’s office.
Posted by Ralph Schwartz on January 26, 2015
Goldman Sachs: The use of coal ... is nearing its peak as the world turns to cleaner burning fuels and demand in top consumer China slows.
Posted by Samantha Wohlfeil on January 26, 2015
As the 114th Congress starts to pick up momentum, there are a few updates worth noting for our regional representatives.
Ex-Whatcom Dem chair: After child’s hospitalization, ‘not sure how I managed to return’ to 2013 campaign
Posted by Ralph Schwartz on January 23, 2015
Mike Estes stepped away from a leadership role in the Whatcom Democratic Party to spend more time with family and work.
Posted by Ralph Schwartz on January 22, 2015
Riley Sweeney’s strength lies in his consistency. “I saw a young fellow ... who was willing to have a voice,” blogger John Servais said.
Posted by Samantha Wohlfeil on January 14, 2015
Two legislators who represent parts of Whatcom County have introduced dueling oil transportation safety bills in the Senate.
Posted by Ralph Schwartz on January 14, 2015
Not all Democrats are behind Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax.