Agriculture & Water
Senate ag leaders say COVID vaccine mandate for 4-H volunteers serious blow to program
More and more people tangentially connected with state government are finding out that they are subject to Gov. Jay Inslee’s recently announced vaccine mandate – even 4-H volunteers. In a letter sent to volunteers, the Washington State University Extension, which oversees the 4-H youth agricultural program, wrote that 4-H volunteer...
Senate Republicans continue to call for a special session
Senate Republicans in the state Legislature are again asking the governor to call the legislature back into session due to the recent catastrophic outbreak of wildfires spreading across our state. Sen. Shelly Short, Senate Republican floor leader, R-Addy, issued the following statement regarding a letter sent to the governor concerning...
Alaska’s nonprofit hatcheries give us hope for Washington’s salmon runs
The following op-ed appeared in the Seattle Times and was published earlier in August. By Sen. Ann Rivers, Sen. Shelly Short, and Rep. Luanne Van Werven Special to The Times Imagine living in a state where the sea is overflowing with salmon, ensuring there are more than enough fish and...
Legislative Update: Mar. 25, 2019
Dear Friends and Neighbors, There has been so much legislative activity since my last update! We finished nonstop floor action in the Senate. As floor leader, I was intensely busy communicating with my Democratic colleagues and member requests on the floor, advocating for bills to be brought up for a vote...
Short supports Hirst-fix bill approved by Legislature
After several days and nights of hours-long talks, Senate and House negotiators reached a compromise this week on legislation to fix the situation caused by the Supreme Court’s Hirst ruling, and again offer rural landowners a path for drilling household wells. The Senate voted 35-14 Thursday night to pass Senate...
House passes Rep. Short’s bill to help rural development
"I'm always looking for smart, efficient and effective ways to loosen the bureaucratic red tape to help make housing more affordable and some level of development more attractive and attainable for our local builders."
Governor signs Short legislation requiring that certain state agencies ‘show their work’ when taking significant actions
Under legislation signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee, the Washington state departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife are now required to make public the sources of scientific information relied upon in support of significant actions.
Rep. Shelly Short receives Washington State Farm Bureau’s 2013 Legislator of the Year Award
Rep. Shelly Short receives Washington Farm Bureau's 2013 Legislator of the Year Award
Gov. Inslee signs two bills sponsored by Rep. Shelly Short
Gov. signs Rep. Short's bills to bring more accountability and transparency to state agencies