Time is up for policy bills
Today is the 40th day of the 2023 legislative session, and it represents the first in a series of milestones used to organize our legislative work. It’s what is commonly referred to as “the policy cutoff date.” In other words, in order for a bill to be considered eligible for...
Boehnke bill to reform Energy Independence Act receives public hearing
Measure would streamline utility reporting, save money for ratepayers On Tuesday, the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee held a public hearing on Sen. Matt Boehnke’s legislation aimed at modernizing Washington’s Energy Independence Act to avoid regulatory duplication and overlap with other laws. Boehnke, R-Kennewick, is a member of the...
The 2023 Session is Underway
The 2023 legislative session is well underway, as we wrap up Day 16 of what is scheduled to be a long,105-day session. It is a great honor and privilege to represent the people of the Tri-Cities in the state Senate. My first day as your state senator began with the swearing...
Sen. Matt Boehnke takes oath of office in Olympia
Tri-Cities lawmaker to serve as lead Republican on Senate Human Services Committee Sen. Matt Boehnke began his first term as senator for the 8th Legislative District on Monday during the opening ceremonies of the 2023 legislative session. Boehnke will be the Republican leader on the Senate Human Services Committee, which deals...
$10 million for new energy institute at WSU Tri-Cities
In the News: By Wendy Culverwell | Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business Gov. Jay Inslee will seek $10 million in 2023 to establish the Institute for Northwest Energy Futures at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The move fulfills the dream of the late Bob Ferguson, an influential U.S. Department of Energy...
8th District Legislative Update hitting mailboxes soon; a word on election-year restrictions
Due to election-year restrictions that begin on Monday, this will be my last email update to you until after the November election results are certified. The exception is if we go into a special session. However, I am still able to respond to constituents who contact me throughout the year,...
2022 Legislative Report from 8th District Reps. Matt Boehnke and Brad Klippert
In this six-page mailer, 8th District Reps. Matt Boehnke and Brad Klippert recap the 2022 legislative session, provide an overview of House Republican priorities, and discuss their sponsored legislation.
Video: Rep. Matt Boehnke discusses his retail workforce bill on TVW’s The Impact
Rep. Matt Boehnke, R-Kennewick, joins Mike McClanahan on TVW’s The Impact to discuss a bill he sponsored this session aimed at creating jobs and increasing education and training opportunities in the retail industry. House Bill 2019, which has been signed into law, will require the state’s Workforce Training and Education...
Inslee signs Boehnke workforce bill aimed at creating jobs, as well as education and training opportunities, in retail industry
A bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Boehnke seeking to create jobs and increase education and training opportunities in the retail industry has been signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. House Bill 2019 will require the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board to work with statewide retail employer organizations...
As state coffers overflow, families in the 8th and across Washington are suffering; in-district town hall meeting on Tuesday in Richland
For the first time since February 22, 2020, Rep. Brad Klippert and I are set to host an in-person town hall meeting in Richland. We’re really looking forward to meeting with all of you to share our thoughts on this year’s 60-day legislative session, take your questions, and discuss the...