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We've officially reached the midway point of the 60-day session. We've also passed two critical benchmarks: policy cutoff and fiscal cutoff. Hundreds of bills are now considered "dead." The only...

Feb. 13, 2020

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, joins KELA to discuss the renovation of Swede Hall in Rochester from the capital budget, the pet leasing bill, mental health, and flood prevention. He also discusses...

March 20, 2019

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, speaks against standardized health plans that expressly limit choice over time. The 20th District lawmaker notes that state government funded, socialistic approaches to health care shift the...

March 12, 2019

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, speaks on the House floor in favor of a bill that would make prescription drug costs more transparent. The 20th District lawmaker says the monopolistic power of...

March 12, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are quickly approaching an important deadline in the legislative session: fiscal committee cutoff. Bills not voted out of their assigned fiscal committee by Friday, March 1,...

Feb. 27, 2019

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, joins Peter Abbarno on KELA to discuss his incentive-based clean energy proposal, criminal justice reform, mental health, the state supreme court, the capital budget, gun laws, healthcare...

Feb. 13, 2019

Rep. Richard DeBolt’s bill to allow volunteer midwives and doulas to provide assistance to incarcerated pregnant inmates in county jails and state prisons was signed into law Tuesday by the governor....

March 13, 2018

The State House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Thursday that would allow jails and state prisons to provide voluntary maternity services. Rachel Case reports from Olympia.

Jan. 19, 2018

The state House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would allow volunteer midwives and doulas to provide assistance to incarcerated pregnant inmates in county jails and state prisons. Substitute...

Jan. 18, 2018

After several long days of voting on the House floor, we passed over 376 bills. We've now reached the half-way mark of the 2017 legislative session. Bills approved by the House...

March 16, 2017