Rep. Pearson comments on flooding, criminal justice, meth
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:54 PM
ARLINGTON Kirk Pearson, State Representative for the 39th Legislative District, stopped by the offices of The Arlington Times last week to share his thoughts on a number of issues related to the Arlington community.
Pearson remains interested in officially renaming the 172nd Street overpass in honor of deceased local resident Oliver Punks Smith, and expressed a strong concern with passing flood legislation that he hopes will protect property, stream banks and salmon alike.
In this last flood, 12 homes were lost, at a cost of $37 million, Pearson said. We cant stop nature, but these 100-year floods are starting look more like three-year floods.
Pearsons focus on criminal justice issues was evident in his support of more stringent measures against sex offenders and those who drive under the influence. He favors a bill that would impose a statewide mandate on DUI treatment providers, requiring them to conduct urinalysis tests across the board, to keep repeat offenders from slipping through the system. He likewise believes in protecting children from abuse by creating stricter penalties for abusive adults in supervisory roles, such as coaches, teachers, even clergy and family members.
Pearson cited his recent appointment as the lead Republican member on the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee, while also asserting that I know the scourge were facing from methamphetamines, due in part to his stint on the Attorney Generals Meth Task Force.
Its all over, and everyone is tired of it, said Pearson, citing the dangerous neighbors and polluted environments that the drugs often cause. He readily acknowledged that he and his fellow legislators have not been able to stop the situation, especially since many meth labs have moved to other countries, but he nonetheless took pride in the progress they had made, by moving certain cold medications behind the counter, and by drawing up retail theft bills to combat the high rate at which such medication was stolen.
Pearson noted that this marks his fourth term in the Washington State House of Representatives, but hes still excited to be representing the people of Arlington, Darrington and Marysville.