Hayes named to legislative veterans’ committee and coastal marine resources council
State Rep. Dave Hayes has been tabbed to serve on the Legislature's Joint Committee on Veterans' and Military Affairs and the Washington Marine Resources Protection Council. Hayes received word this week of his new appointments from House Speaker Frank Chopp.
“I'm grateful for the speaker's confidence in the perspectives I bring to the table regarding veterans' issues, and future use and protection of our state's coastal resources,” said Hayes, R-Camano Island.
The 16-member Joint Committee on Veterans' and Military Affairs was created in 2001 and studies issues regarding veterans, active military forces, the National Guard and Reserves. Members then make recommendations to the Legislature. The committee also studies the structure and administration of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and the military department.
“I'm honored to serve on this committee,” said Hayes, a veteran of the United States Navy. “We have a substantial number of active military personnel and veterans in our district, all of whom deserve our respect and appreciation. Our service men and women have made major sacrifices to serve our country. I'm proud to be a voice for them on this committee.”
Hayes' 10th Legislative District includes Naval Air Station Whidbey Island near Oak Harbor. Many constituents also commute to work at Naval Station Everett, just south of the 10th District.
During the 2013 session, Hayes sponsored several veterans-related bills, including expansion of Gold Star license plates for certain family members of veterans killed in action, and designating Interstate 5 in Washington as the “Purple Heart Trail” in honor of those killed or wounded in action.
The lawmaker will also serve on the Washington Marine Resources Protection Council. Among other things, the council will work with the University of Washington and others to conduct analysis on the effects and sources of ocean acidification.
“The 10th District is partially made up of several islands and has a large amount of coastline and marine resources. It's important we learn more about the issues surrounding ocean acidification to protect aquaculture and our shellfish industry, not only in the 10th District, but throughout the coastal region of Washington,” said Hayes. “We need to base actions on solid scientific evidence and ensure a balance is reached which would not impose undue hardships on our small businesses, agriculture and local communities. I hope to provide a voice of reason on this council.”
The council was created during the 2013 session under Senate Bill 5603. It is charged with meeting at least twice a year, beginning after Nov. 1, 2013, and reporting its findings to the Legislature. The council expires June 30, 2017.
Hayes is serving his first term of office. In addition to these new appointments, he serves on the House Public Safety Committee as assistant ranking Republican, as well as the Education and Transportation committees.
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