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State Representative and energy technology expert Jeff Morris, who posted a selfie with fellow House member Kris Lytton on Facebook, has been re-elected to chair the House Technology & Economic Development Committee.

Morris is a leading national voice in the development of new energy technology and policy. In addition to his work in the state legislature, Morris was recently appointed as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy, where he advises the department on translating research and development into real-world energy policies.

“This is a critical time for the development and implementation of new energy policies and technology,” said Morris. “Technology is finally coming to our electric grid and changing the nature of a business that has been the same for more than a hundred years.”

Morris also serves as a co-chair for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Task Force on Energy Supply.

Along with a robust energy agenda, Morris plans to introduce a bill that would limit corporations’ access to a consumer’s biometric data as well as reintroduce his drone privacy bill, which was passed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in the House but never received a vote in the Senate (HB 2178).

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times