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Senate energy committee to hear nuclear bills on Tri-Cities Day We have now wrapped up 31 days of the legislative session, or nearly a third of the 105 days allowed. Tomorrow will be a big day for legislation important to our district. The full Senate met during this fifth week to approve several non-controversial bills, and this morning, we met... Read More...
Senate education plan a big win for Tri-Cities We are now in the fourth week of the 2017 legislative session, and it has been an eventful time. A big challenge for this year’s session is reaching an education-funding agreement that meets the demands of the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. Please keep reading for more information about the Senate... Read More...
DNR admits agency ‘messed up’ The third week of the 2017 legislative session is off to a busy start, full of committee hearings, meetings on emerging issues and discussions about how best to address the education-funding challenges related to the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. We also received some updated budget numbers from the state Economic... Read More...
Is it about money or priorities? By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the challenge the state faces in meeting the education-funding demands of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Providing for basic education (meaning K-12) is the paramount duty of the state, and as the vice chair of the budget-writing committee in the Senate, I... Read More...
2017 Session kicks off with a little Blue & Green Spirit! On Monday, we returned to Olympia for the start of what is sure to be a challenging session. But with every challenge comes opportunity – including the opportunity to serve. My colleagues recently selected me to serve as Deputy Senate Leader and as a Vice Chair of Ways and Means... Read More...
Special session ends as lawmakers reach budget deal Bridges to a Better Government Late last night, after securing a hard-won agreement on the supplemental state budget, the Legislature finally wrapped up its “special session” and adjourned for the year. As has been the case far too often in recent years, it took longer than I would have liked for us... Read More...
8th District town hall canceled due to special session! Unfortunately, because the Legislature is currently in special session and we do not have an ending date, we must cancel our 8th Legislative District town hall, scheduled for this Saturday, March 19. If we are able to reschedule the town hall after the special session ends, I will be sure to... Read More...
Inslee backs down on veto threat; signs Jason’s Law In a misguided attempt to spur action on the budget, Governor Inslee threatened to veto several measures if we had not reached a budget deal (in principle, at least). One of the bills that faced a veto threat was our bill to increase the sentencing guidelines for vehicular homicide –... Read More...
Building on results As the 2016 regular session approaches its end, it is important to look at the remarkable progress made through the budgeting process in recent years – and recognize what is at stake as we work to reach final agreement on a supplemental state budget. Since the Majority Coalition Caucus, of... Read More...
Pennies from heaven, dollars from taxpayers Normally, by the seventh week of a short session, all eyes in the Capitol turn to one issue: the state budget. This was partially true again this year. On Monday the House Democrat budget writers unveiled their proposed 2016 supplemental budget. Though many in Olympia expected a reasonable, truly “supplemental”... Read More...
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