Bridges

Dead or alive? The legislative session reaches halfway point. The Legislature reached a critical deadline this week when, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Senate and House had to end consideration of bills that originated in their own chambers. Bills that didn’t make this deadline are considered no longer viable. There is one exception: Measures considered necessary to implement the... Read More...
…Because Accountability Matters! World-famous business leader and success coach Rob Liano once said, “Each day you are leading by example. Whether you realize it or not or whether it’s positive or negative, you are influencing those around you.” So it is important that those who are in positions of leadership be held accountable... Read More...
The first milepost reached in the 2016 session As chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, I am continually asking our job creators and workers what we in Olympia can do to make it easier for them to be successful and thrive. One of the things I keep hearing, especially from those seeking permits to build,... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government: The Tri-Cities in Olympia! One of the best parts of any session is the arrival of Tri-Cities Day and seeing some of our best ambassadors visit us here in Olympia. Senators Mark Schoesler, Mike Hewitt and I welcomed the members of the Tri-Cities Legislative Council, who also received briefings from Speaker of the House... Read More...
Growing jobs in Washington’s economic garden The second week of the 2016 legislative session is drawing to a close. It’s hard to believe we’re already about one-quarter of the way through the 60-day regular session. I spent most of this week with my colleagues in Senate hearings discussing bills and taking public testimony on measures before... Read More...
2016 session is underway! The 2016 legislative session is now underway. We are scheduled to be in session for 60 days, until March 10. I am hopeful that the Legislature’s primary focus this year will be on doing whatever we can to encourage private-sector job growth, adopt innovative new approaches to energy and improve... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government: That’s all, folks! Legislative year comes to a close with the best education budget in state history! That’s all, folks! On July 10, the special legislative session came to a close and we adjourned for the year. I am happy to report the Legislature was able to complete its work on the 2015-17... Read More...
The Never Ending Session As we worked through the night to finish the bills necessary to implement the budget, all the celebration came to a stop. At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, half of the Senate Democrats broke ranks with the their leadership when they refused to vote for a measure to suspend Initiative 1351... Read More...
Nuclear energy policies still alive in Senate budget As you know, I spent a good bit of the regular session working on bills encouraging nuclear energy and preparing the state and our workers to compete for the jobs tied to this growing and evolving clean energy field. I am happy to report that many of the policies in... Read More...
Nuclear power and House budget and the Auditor, oh my! What a week it has been in Olympia. We are now just one month away from what should be the end of the 2015 legislative session, and finally – on day 75 of the 105-day legislative session, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has released its budget proposal. My bills to... Read More...
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