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Senate work session examines economic impact of slowdown at ports A joint work session held this morning by the Senate Trade and Economic Development and Commerce and Labor committees took a detailed look at the reduction of trade volume at 28 West Coast ports that is crippling Washington’s agricultural community and other trade-dependent businesses. “Washington ports have been losing market... Read More...
Senate majority selects Brown to chair economic-development committee 8th District lawmaker also tapped for three key committees, including budget-writing Ways & Means Members of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus have selected Sen. Sharon Brown to chair the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee. “I am very honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to take on this... Read More...
8th District 2014 Session Review For the first time since 2009, the state Legislature adjourned on time (March 13) with no plans for a special session. This is a win for taxpayers around the state as special sessions cost money that is better suited for K-12 education, higher education and public safety. This year, those... Read More...
Brown’s work on regulatory reform recognized by small business Tri-Cities senator’s 100-percent small-business score earns her ‘Guardian of Small Business’ award Since her arrival in the Legislature, Sen. Sharon Brown has been a vocal advocate for employers and the Senate’s leading voice for regulatory reform, working tirelessly to make it easier for entrepreneurs and small-business owners to grow, expand... Read More...
Brown named to nuclear-energy task force State Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, today announced her appointment to the new Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy. The bipartisan group of state senators and representatives will study the feasibility and economic benefits of increasing nuclear-power production in the state. “As our population grows, getting affordable, clean energy to... Read More...
Deep Dive: Energy and environment issues in the 2014 session As we’ve taken a deep dive into education and jobs, we’ve seen a clear pattern emerge. The Senate, with its bipartisan coalition focused on common-sense solutions, offers up legislation to address some of the challenges we face as a state, only to see needed reforms ignored in the House of... Read More...
Bridges: Looking back on the 2014 Session It’s been a week since we wrapped up the 2014 Legislative session, and now seems like a good time to take a look back and evaluate what we have been able to accomplish. In the previous Bridges to a Better Government, I discussed my specific bills and how they fared.... Read More...
Bridges: Happy Sine Die! Happy Sine Die! That strange Latin phrase translates literally to “without day” and in terms of the Legislature, it means without a day set to reconvene. The 2014 legislative session in Olympia ended tonight, and I am now making my way back home. It’s been a busy 60 days, but... Read More...
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