February 24, 2023

Boehnke cybersecurity bill advances in Senate

Measure from Tri-Cities lawmaker with cyber-security expertise would better coordinate state’s effort to protect Washingtonians from malicious data breaches Today the Senate Ways and Means Committee voted to advance Sen. Matt Boehnke’s legislation to help protect the state from malicious cyber activities, such as ransomware. “The oil pipeline ransomware attack...
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February 23, 2023

Boehnke introduces duo of bills to defend against security risks posed by Chinese Communist Party

Legislation from Tri-Cities lawmaker and cyber-security expert would ban use of Chinese-made drones, prohibit CCP-related purchases of land in Washington Today Sen. Matt Boehnke announced the introduction of two bills that he says are critical to protecting Washingtonians from the threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to spy...
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February 17, 2023

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...
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February 16, 2023

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...
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January 24, 2023

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...
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January 09, 2023

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...
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December 22, 2022

$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...
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May 14, 2022

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,...
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May 11, 2022

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.
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April 19, 2022

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...
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