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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...
Farmers hurt by DNR to get hearing This week’s Senate Session video focuses on Benton County farmers hurt by DNR’s sudden cancellation of land leases. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8AM in the Senate Ag Committee. Read More...
Brown: ‘We must end human trafficking!’ Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. State Senator Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, released the following audio comments on the importance of the fight against human trafficking, the progress Washington state has made in tackling the problem, and the need for more work to be done: 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...
Public weighs in on Brown’s bills to support jobs in clean energy Washington already has a one-stop process for locating major energy facilities; Sen. Sharon Brown has come up with a way to speed the process along and get to the job-creation part sooner. Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on a measure that would streamline... Read More...
Gates’ clean-energy plan is on right track, Republican senators say Offers contrast with heavy-handed government mandates Similarities with Senate bill Has potential to increase job creation, rather than hamper it Two Republican state senators say Bill Gates has a powerful idea with his plan to spur private-sector development of clean-energy technologies – and they say it offers a dramatic contrast... Read More...
Senate work session examines importance of STEM education   Delta High School students among those testifying via ground-breaking technology live from Columbia Basin College     A work session held this morning by the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee examined the importance of having a skilled and well-educated workforce and took an in-depth look at the role of science,... Read More...
Brown measures to expand use of nuclear power clear Senate energy committee Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee approved a package of bills aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of nuclear power as part of the state’s carbon-reduction strategies. Sen. Sharon Brown, a member of the committee and the Legislature’s leading advocate for nuclear power, introduced the four measures,... Read More...
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