Several Peninsula issues on legislative agenda during session starting Monday

OLYMPIA — Providing a permanent solution for the Port Townsend-Keystone ferry route will be one of the hot topics for our 24th District lawmakers during the 60-day state Legislature session that begins at noon Monday.

Others include toughening sex offender laws and maintaining funding for a $32 million project to widen to four lanes a 2.5-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 between Shore Road and Kitchen-Dick Road.

The 24th Legislative District includes Clallam and Jefferson counties and one-third of Grays Harbor County.

Its three legislators are House Majority Leader Rep. Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam; Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim; and Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam.

The 60th Washington State Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on March 13.

“Fortunately it’s a short session, and we have every intention of getting out on time,” Kessler said.

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