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In this opinion article, Rep. Terry Nealey explains his vote on the Legislative Public Records Act and his views about opening legislative records to the public while protecting constituent privacy.

March 3, 2018

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” said the late philosopher George Santayana. I’m reminded of these words as the Legislature is debating whether to spend a new $1.3 billion...

Feb. 23, 2018

Since taking office in January 2013, Gov. Jay Inslee has used the climate change issue to propose billions of dollars in new taxes to regulate greenhouse gases. His climate change agenda has found mediocre legislative support....

Feb. 2, 2018

It is once again an honor to be back at the state Capitol, representing you and the citizens of the 16th District during the 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers convened in Olympia...

Jan. 11, 2018

On Aug. 8, we traveled across the 16th District from Dayton to Prosser, meeting with newspaper editors and reflecting on the successes and disappointments of this year’s Legislature. It was a...

Aug. 18, 2017

  Budgets are being negotiated, deadlines are zooming by, bills passed by lawmakers are trickling in to the governor’s office, and the flowering cherry trees between the domed Legislative Building and...

April 6, 2017

There are certain days during the legislative session familiar to nearly every lawmaker. Some are fun days, like “Dairy Day” when Washington State Dairy Princesses serve ice cream at the Capitol. Or when the...

March 16, 2017

When I first ran for state representative in 2009, I felt a better job could be done with our state’s budget, especially to ensure government lives within its means, and that we could also do...

Feb. 24, 2017

When the Public Records Act became law in 1972, Washingtonians wanted openness and transparency at all levels of state and local government. They also wanted to ensure citizens “do not give their public...

Feb. 1, 2017

Rep. Terry Nealey, Sen. Maureen Walsh and Rep. Bill Jenkin, all R-16th District, discuss expectations and priorities of the 2017 legislative session in this article to their home district.

Jan. 13, 2017