Rep. Joel Kretz's News & Media


After over a year of hard-fought negotiations, the state Legislature passed a bipartisan fix to the so-called Hirst decision. The late-night vote on Senate Bill 6091 brings clarity, certainty and most...

When it comes to water availability in Washington, one state lawmaker says large cities, such as Seattle, should share the same regulations as the rural residents suffering from the Hirst water...

‘My bill will do more…than the Puget Sound Partnership has done in its entire existence,’ says Kretz OLYMPIA…House Republican Deputy Leader Joel Kretz introduced The One Washington Water Act today.  The...

Under legislation sponsored by Rep. Joel Kretz and signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee, much of the groundwork for the state’s next wildfire suppression response will be laid months in...

‘Mel leaves behind a legacy of helping the lives of his people with compassion and integrity,’ says Kretz The Washington State House of Representatives recently passed a resolution honoring longtime tribal...

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, describes why the Legislature is most likely to continue into special session and the potential costs incurred with re-convening after Sine Die. Kretz also addresses his concern...

Rep. Joel Kretz gives and update with Charter Communications about wildfire legislation, wolves and the state budget

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, picks apart the House passed, budget proposal and its possible tax increases that could affect constituents. Kretz believes the McCleary decision lacks priority in the Democratic proposal,...

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, shares insight on the budget proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus and how this proposal prioritizes funding K-12 education. The 7th District lawmaker describes why the...

After years of economic decline, Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, talks on the Michael Howe Show about the importance of working to revitalize rural areas and communities across Washington state, including the...