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Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, joins John Sattgast to review bills that would limit magazines, ban assault weapons and prohibit open carry rights in certain situations.

Feb. 3, 2021

The legislative session is here – almost a month old – and it's unlike any I've ever been involved with. Face-to-face meetings with constituents, other lawmakers, staff, and stakeholders has been...

Feb. 3, 2021

The Spokesman-Review recently published an opinion piece against the state's increase in cougar hunting from a lawyer who works and lives in Seattle.  I'm happy to provide a counter perspective, that...

May 8, 2020

The new coronavirus has changed all our lives in ways we never imagined. Me, my friends and family, my neighbors – we're all ready for this to be over. But we...

May 8, 2020

Reps. Joel Kretz and Jacquelin Maycumber, along with Sen. Shelly Short, give an update on the 2020 legislative session.

May 6, 2020

'We can't keep going the direction we're going,' says Kretz In a letter to members of the Department of Fish and Wildlife commission today, Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, asked the commissioners...

March 10, 2020

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, talks about his effort to get the Washington Fish & Wildlife commission to expand cougar hunting.

March 6, 2020

I have over 5,000 emails in my inbox from parents, teachers and school officials around the state asking me to fight against the Democrat comprehensive sex education bill (Senate Bill 5395)....

March 5, 2020

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Waucanda, gives an overview of the session so far including some of the most controversial bills including one that would reduce the penalty for intentional transmission of HIV...

Feb. 21, 2020

'USA beef should mean something to consumers. It certainly means something to the cowboys and ranchers who are producing it,' says Kretz. Legislation to give consumers more information on where their...

Feb. 18, 2020