Bridges

It’s budget season in Olympia It’s officially “budget season” in Olympia. In recent weeks the Senate approved its operating- and capital-budget plans while the majority party in the House of Representatives passed its $44.9 billion spending plan. There are some key differences between the two approaches – most notably that the Senate balances without new taxes,... Read More...
House Democrats propose $8 billion in new taxes! We are now less than one month away from the end of the 2017 legislative session. Today was the date for Senate policy committees to pass House bills – measures that must be considered by the Ways and Means and Transportation committees have another week to get through the committee... Read More...
Getting Smart on Crime Week 11 of the 2017 session is well underway and yesterday brought the Legislature to the two-thirds mark of the 105-day session. Last week a major piece of the budget puzzle came into view with the first revenue forecast of 2017. We learned that the state’s economy is continuing to... Read More...
Week 10 of the 2017 Legislative Session There are just five-and-a-half weeks to go in the 2017 regular legislative session. Several of my bills have already received hearings in the House of Representatives, and other bills related to budget are receiving hearings in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. …This week the House Committee on Commerce and Gaming endorsed my... Read More...
Getting things done! With this week’s Bridges to a Better Government, I am highlighting a few of my bills that moved through the Senate in advance of today’s cutoff deadline. I had several bills make it, including a couple that focus on promoting emerging technology in the energy field. My bills to encourage... Read More...
Action moves to the Senate floor This is the 8th week of the 2017 legislative session and many measures are moving forward in Olympia. On Monday the Senate passed two of my bills with broad bipartisan support, and even more could be approved in the next couple of days. We will continue voting on Senate bills... Read More...
Fairness for taxpayers Today the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus welcomed two friends who were in town – Congressman Dan Newhouse and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The two federal lawmakers briefed us on the very active agenda back in the other Washington, including steps being taken to reduce needless regulations and help job-creation. I am... Read More...
Nuclear bills beat committee deadline This week in Olympia saw several packed committee meetings as we quickly approach the Friday deadline for bills to be advanced out of the Senate’s 12 policy committees. Many of the nuclear- and emerging energy bills that I have introduced not only received hearings last week, but were also approved... Read More...
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...
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