Rep. Joel Kretz's Email Updates


I’m back in Olympia for the 60-day legislative session that started on January 8. The pace of these so-called “short” sessions is always fast compared to the 105-day sessions in odd-numbered...

Jan. 31, 2024

Many of you might remember Gov. Jay Inslee’s riparian buffer bill from the last legislative session. It mandated riparian buffers for improved fish habitat on just about all private land with...

Feb. 16, 2023

I am sponsoring legislation this session to allow certain local governments more control over wolf management plans. House Bill 1698 would allow counties where wolf recovery goals have been met to...

Feb. 7, 2023

I recently joined with my seatmates, Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber and Sen. Shelly Short, in sending out our 2022 legislative session review for 7th Legislative District residents. If you didn’t get one,...

May 13, 2022

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 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

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

Democrats in the state House passed legislation this week that will increase the price of gas by at least 57 cents per gallon and diesel by 63 cents. Their low-carbon fuel...

Jan. 31, 2020

The 2020 legislative session has begun. While this is a short, 60-day session I expect there will be plenty of bills – both good and bad – to interest residents in...

Jan. 20, 2020

I want to thank all of you who were able to participate in our telephone town hall recently. Despite the near end-of-the-world “Snowpocalype” that hit Olympia (or is it Snowmageddon?), we...

Feb. 27, 2019