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NuScale decision a “wake up call for Washington,” Brown says Firm awards steam generator prototype contract to Pennsylvania facility OLYMPIA… A leading developer of advanced nuclear technology has delivered a blow to the state of Washington by announcing plans to build prototype parts for its small module reactors in Pennsylvania, says Senator Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, a member of the Senate... Read More...
Brown secures funding for ‘Meals on Wheels’ program in state budget 2017-19 plan benefits students, vulnerable adults, children, taxpayers, employers When in May, the governor signed Sen. Sharon Brown’s bill to expand the state Meals on Wheels program for more Washington seniors, the Tri-Cities lawmaker promised to continue her efforts to make sure that commitment was matched with dollars in the... Read More...
Brown bill to expand ‘Meals on Wheels’ program becomes law Funding must match policy goal, says Tri-Cities lawmaker For homebound Washingtonians who are 60 or older, and unable to cook for themselves, a hot prepared meal can seem more like a rare luxury instead of a common occurrence. Thanks to a bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that was recently... Read More...
Legislature tackles mental-health concerns in new laws Governor signs Brown’s ‘Youth Behavioral Health Protection Act’ This year an increasing number of teen suicides and headline-grabbing actions by those suffering from mental illness spurred state lawmakers into passing a number of bills targeted at addressing mental-health concerns. Last week, the governor signed several of those measures. Among them... Read More...
Governor signs Brown measure helping farmers with DNR land leases New law will give farmers and ranchers a heads-up before DNR can terminate a lease early Today the governor signed a measure sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown aimed at providing certainty to ranchers, farmers and others who lease lands from the state Department of Natural Resources. “The land our farmers... Read More...
Senate continues to expand public access through remote testimony Update to leaders notes significant progress; House fails to offer report Since 2014, Senators Mike Padden and Sharon Brown have led an effort to increase the opportunities for public participation in the legislative process. The two recently requested an update from Senate and House administrators on progress to enable testimony... Read More...
House approves Brown’s ‘Youth Behavioral Health Protection Act’ Today the House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that is aimed at better integrating mental and behavioral health services with pediatric primary-care services. “You need prevention, but to get prevention you need access to care,” said Brown, R-Kennewick. “This bill is a result of community... Read More...
Brown named a vice chair of budget-writing Ways and Means Committee Today State Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, was named a vice chair of the key Senate budget-writing committee – Ways and Means – as the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus set committee rosters for the 2017 legislative session. “This is expected to be one of the most challenging and important budget years... Read More...
House passes Brown bill to support local infrastructure and jobs Today the House of Representatives passed a measure sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that is aimed at stimulating private development and creating jobs by assisting local governments with public-infrastructure investments. Approved with a broad bipartisan vote of 94-3, Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5109 would direct the Department of Commerce... Read More...
House passes Brown’s Cyber Security Jobs Act On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 95-0 to approve the Cyber Security Jobs Act – a measure sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown, aimed at making Washington a national leader in cyber security. “Washington is home to groundbreaking cyber security research and development,” said Brown, R-Kennewick. “Pacific Northwest National Laboratory... Read More...
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