Each year Roger has found many ways for the government to save money, even in small amounts, because every scarce taxpayer dollar counts. Roger has even voluntarily cut his own pay to help balance the budget, believing that everyone has to give a little in tough times. Roger serves as Chair of the Statute Law Committee, which oversees the Code Reviser’s Office and the publication of our laws. Roger has passed many bills to reduce huge government printing costs, allowing the electronic versions of rules and regulations to be considered the official versions, and shrinking the size of the printed volumes of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Roger has sponsored many bills that have saved public resources, including:
- HB 1071 (incorporated into HB 2359, Chapter 202, Laws of 2016), updating dozens of forms in the code and eliminating obsolete provisions of law.
- HB 1479 (Chapter 156, Laws of 2011), making the electronic version the official version of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), thereby eliminating huge publishing requirements for useless hard copies.
- HB 2518 (Chapter 190, Laws of 2010), eliminating duplicative and time-consuming procedures for the swearing-in of foreign language interpreters at court proceedings.
- HB 1335 (Chapter 174, Laws of 2009, enacted as companion SB 5298), eliminating unnecessary paperwork requirements for state park rangers in issuing citations and infractions.
- HB 1257 (Chapter 135, Laws of 2009), reducing needless filing requirements for deferred prosecution cases in county courthouses.
- HB 1218 (Chapter 37, Laws of 2009), allowing for more flexible use of city and county jails in order to reduce transportation costs.
- HB 1058 (Chapter 186, Laws of 2009), reducing obsolete notes and citations from the printed laws, thereby shrinking the size of the volumes of the RCW.
- HB 1859 (Chapter 456, Laws of 2007), making the electronic version the official version of the semi-weekly State Register of state regulations, thereby eliminating huge publishing requirements for useless hard copies.
- HB 1431 (Chapter 171, Laws of 2007), eliminating duplicate responsibilities of three different state agencies in documenting Certificates of Discharge for felony offenders. HB 1268 (Chapter 219, Laws of 2007, enacted as companion SB 5193), allowing law enforcement to donate unclaimed property to charity.