Environment, Energy & Technology
Bringing better broadband to rural communities
Dear Friends and Neighbors, The past two weeks have seen a flurry of activity in legislative committees as the policy committee deadline has passed. Bills that have not been voted out of committee by now, and are not needed to implement the budget, will not be further considered this legislation...
Update from Olympia – week 4
Majority Democrats in the legislature aren’t listening to voters We have yet to hit the halfway point of the 60-day legislative session for 2020 and already, the Democratic majority in the Senate have approved additional taxes that are completely unnecessary. Do you remember seeing 12 advisory votes on your November...
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...
Short’s whitetail deer population bill passed in the Senate
OLYMPIA… Senate Bill 5525, which would expect the Department of Fish and Wildlife continue the consistent, effective methods it has used to count whitetail deer populations, was passed unanimously by the Senate March 5 and is now in the House of Representatives. Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, is the prime sponsor....
Senate passes energy-contractor performance bill sponsored by Short
The Senate earlier in March passed a bill prime-sponsored by Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, that would add much-needed checks and balances to a state program that helps local governments increase their energy efficiency. Short says her proposal, Senate Bill 5308, would create desperately needed transparency for construction and monitoring of...
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...
Senate committee holds hearings on performance-based contracting services bill sponsored by Short
OLYMPIA… The Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee held a public hearing Tuesday morning on Senate Bill 5308, a bill that would add much-needed checks and balances to a program that helps local governments increase their energy efficiency. Sen. Shelly Short, the bill’s sponsor, says that her proposal would create...
Legislative update: Feb. 7, 2018
Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are at the halfway point of this year’s 60-day legislative session. If you think there aren’t many bills introduced just because it’s a “short session” this year, think again! So far this year, there have been nearly 2,000 new bills in the Legislature (994 in...
Rep. Short awarded Legislator of the Year by Hunters Heritage Council
Whether it’s managing our predators in a more efficient way or finding solutions to encourage the next generation of hunters, I’ll continue to work hard to make sure hunting continues to be a successful, viable option for those who want to participate."