The Lens
2020 legislative session roundup

Drought Response:  ESHB 1622 sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake (D-19) and requested by the state Department of Ecology allows the state agency to issue a drought advisory along with recommended voluntary actions to mitigate a potential drought. Certain industries and communities would receive priority for emergency water withdrawals.

The Daily News
Capitol Dispatch: Lawmakers secure funds for Longview police station, Community House

When the 60-day legislative session concluded Thursday night, the supplemental capital budget included money for a number of local projects, including $250,000 for a Longview satellite police station in the Highlands and about $250,000 for Community House on Broadway to purchase a new building and upgrade its kitchen. It also allocated about $55,000 for lead … READ MORE

The Daily News
Capitol Dispatch: Local lawmakers prepare for final week of session

Rep. Brian Blake, an Aberdeen Democrat, said he wants to fully fund the Department of Fish and Wildlife and provide support for increasing fish hatchery production on the Columbia River and the coast. “Things are looking fairly good at the moment,” Blake said Wednesday.

The Daily World
Aberdeen State Reps give their take on 2020 session so far

“I’m generally happy with the way session is going,” said Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen. “I think that we’re going to be able to keep our promise to the families of the 19th District who want to attend college or technical school, make sure that program is secure in the budget,” said Blake. “I think it’s … READ MORE

Chinook Observer
Lawmakers consider a grow-your-own recreational marijuana bill

OLYMPIA — Washington state residents may be allowed to grow up to six of their own cannabis plants and up to 15 plants per household if the Legislature passes House Bill 1131 or its companion, Senate Bill 5155. Under current law, people can obtain prescriptions for medical marijuana to grow up to 15 plants at … READ MORE