Thursday, April 18, 2024

Rep. Goehner named ranking Republican on House Local Government Committee

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Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden, will continue to lead Republicans on the Local Government Committee in the state House of Representatives.

Washington State House Republicans recently announced their committee assignments for the upcoming 2023 legislative session.

The House Local Government Committee considers issues relating to the operations and financing of counties, cities, and some special purpose districts. It will also look at legislative proposals related to local government open meetings and public records obligations; and the administration of local land use, zoning, building, energy and health codes.

Goehner, a former four-term Chelan County commissioner, feels his experience in local government provides a perspective beneficial to local entities.

"I have been, and will continue to be, an advocate for local government. Our local entities provide the most basic and essential services to our constituencies, and it is imperative we work with them at the state level," said Goehner. "I am hopeful the committee could work on affordable housing issues such as the Growth Management Act, zoning, and some of the well-intentioned regulations with poor results that are driving up housing costs."

Goehner will once again serve on the House Environment and Energy and Transportation committees.

"The new Twelfth District boundaries provide us an opportunity to work with communities on the east and west side of the Cascade mountains to address critical transportation needs and ensure goods and services are moved efficiently across the mountains," said Goehner. "While transportation funding is reaching a critical juncture, maintenance and preservation needs to be a top priority. However, we must find some common-sense solutions to ensure we are getting much-needed projects in our region."

The 105-day legislative session is scheduled to convene on Jan. 9, 2023.

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