Freshman state Rep. Drew MacEwen, a Republican from Union, has opened a new district office today in the big city – Shelton. He’s holding a grand opening and open house this afternoon at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and remarks.
An announcement from House Republicans says the new office is at 327 W. Railroad Ave., in downtown Shelton. MacEwen plans to provide refreshments - and a few words.
In his first session, MacEwen passed a bill (House Bill 1209) to extend a licensing and inspection program for Chrismas tree growers another six years to 2020. It includes licensing of growers, inspections of crops, and rules for destroying diseased plants that if unchecked could lead to a state quarantine, according to testimony on the measure.
MacEwen also voted for a $3.6 billion capital budget that included money for projects in the 35th district. His press release on projects had this list:
· City of Shelton wastewater treatment plant: $1.5 million
· Mason County Transit and Community Center: $800,000
· Safe Harbor, an enterprise to strengthen youth and families: $100,000
· Belfair Senior Center: $500,000
· Skokomish River floodplain restoration and management: $1.38 million
· Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound: $800,000
· Deschutes River hatcheries: $7.3 million
MacEwen serves in the 35th district, winning the open seat left by the retirement last year of Fred Finn, a Thurston County Democrat. The 35th includes northwest Thurston County and a sliver of suburban areas south of Olympia, all of Mason County and parts of Bremerton in Kitsap County.