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Rep. Kretz gives floor speech on his wildfire prevention legislation, House Bill 1784

March 19, 2019

The state House of Representatives passed legislation that will help prevent wildfires from spreading and also protect firefighters. The legislation, House Bill 1784, requires the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR)...

March 13, 2019

(As published in the Omak Chronicle, 3/13/19) Science tells us the sense of smell is most closely associated to memory. It doesn't take much more than a waft of wood smoke...

March 12, 2019

Rep. Joel Kretz speaks with local FFA leaders, talks to public radio about his Bainbridge Island wolf bill, and meets with Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz on wildfire issues.

Feb. 15, 2019

Part of my job as your legislator is to continually educate my colleagues around the state – especially the West side of the state – about the issues, challenges, priorities and...

Jan. 31, 2019

'I'm sure the gray wolves will seek to placidly coexist with the dogs, cats, horses, sheep, people and other peaceful animals on the island,' says Kretz In response to one Western...

Jan. 29, 2019

I'm back in Olympia for the start of the 2019 session. I want to thank you for placing your trust in me as I work to bring our priorities, issues and...

Jan. 18, 2019

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wacounda, discusses one of the worst bills he has ever seen, Senate Bill 6199, which unionizes the wages of home health care workers, how Services Employees International Union...

March 2, 2018

Deputy House Republican Leader Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, answers questions about Gov. Jay Inslee's agenda and assesses the chances of Inslee's carbon tax and other Democratic legislation passing with Democrats holding slim...

Jan. 30, 2018

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...

Jan. 18, 2018