Update on remaining 2017 issues, activities in and around 12th District

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September 6, 2017

Dear 12th District Friends and Neighbors,

The Legislature has been on “interim” status for several weeks now since our adjournment in late July. While the next regular session is not scheduled to begin until January of 2018, I am hopeful about returning to the Capitol sooner than later to vote on the two issues that still need attention. One is a permanent solution to the water-access situation caused by the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision, and the second is approval of a new two-year capital budget. Click here to view my recent interview with Wenatchee’s NCWLIFE channel, which includes an update on both topics.

The Legislature will assemble for two days in mid-November for annual committee work, which could present an opportunity for voting if agreements are reached on these issues.

My recent interview with NCWLIFE News Director Steve Hair.

In and around the 12th District

Being home from Olympia has allowed me to connect with groups in our community and take part in activities that make our area such an awesome place to live and work. For example:

  • I enjoyed my first meeting as a member of the Washington State Arts Commission on August 1. Coincidentally (and happily) the meeting was in our district, at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

    After a morning board discussion about the role of the arts in Washington, I took part in a panel discussion with Wenatchee World publisher Rufus Woods, Icicle Arts executive director Rebecca Ryker, and Beth Stipe, executive director of the Community Foundation of NCW. We shared our insights on what the arts mean in the Wenatchee Valley region. This was a great opportunity to hear from a number of other sources about how we as a community can better integrate art and culture into our economy and lifestyle.

  • I met on August 10 with members of the governing board of the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council to discuss the 2017 legislative session, which produced a new two-year transportation budget. The conversation covered the successful team effort that led to a $2 million appropriation toward replacing the Goodwin Bridge (West Cashmere/US 2) as well as a look at future projects. I also discussed changes to our state’s driver licenses aimed at bringing Washington into compliance with federal ID laws.

  • It was my pleasure to attend the August 15 opening ceremony for Wenatchee’s new city-managed Hale Park Off Leash Recreation Area. This project came together with the help of many partners and partial state funding.

  • Do you remember the successful effort in Wenatchee 20 years ago to create the world’s largest apple pie? I do, and was happy to join in the anniversary celebration August 16 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

  • I enjoyed a great conversation about education issues with Wenatchee High School’s Jon Magnus, who was recently named Regional Teacher of the Year by the North Central Educational Service District. Jon is preparing for his upcoming interview for Washington State Teacher of the Year. We wish him the best, and regardless of the outcome, we are proud of him and the hard work of all teachers in our region.

  • A fun and informational event for me to attend each year is the Chelan/Douglas County Farm Bureau BBQ, which was held this year on the evening of August 22. I shared a table represented by three generations of farmers (son, mother, and grandparents). I learned a lot that evening, and I thank our farming families and the officers and board members of our local farm bureaus. I am proud to have consistently received their “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for my voting record in support of their issues.

  • The annual Dinner at TwispWorks is always a fabulous event, and I was honored to attend again this past Sunday. TwispWorks is a non-profit organization in Twisp that focuses on economic development, youth programs, and continuing education within the Methow Valley. The Twisp Public Development Authority, TwispWorks Foundation, and community volunteers helped renovate and revitalize a former U.S. Forest Service ranger station from 1929 into the amazing campus it is today, which supports local schools, artists, businesses and more.

  • It was my pleasure Monday to attend the “Locals Night” dinner organized by the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board. The board was developed in 1999 as a forum for collaborative recovery work for federally-listed salmon and steelhead in the upper Columbia River region. The board also cares deeply about and is actively working on a number of forest health initiatives, primarily through the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative. It was great to catch up with them and learn more about the connection between our forests and fish.

Session Review

If you didn’t receive my post-session review in the mail this past month (or want to refer to it again), click here to open it online.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your 12th District state senator. Please contact my office anytime if you have questions.


Brad Hawkins

State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District
E-mail: brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov 

Website: senatorbradhawkins.org

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