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...
Brown applauds decision to locate new SMR simulator in Tri-Cities Kennewick lawmaker calls on House to support growing clean-energy technology Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, today applauded NuScale Power’s announcement that it has commissioned a small modular reactor control-room simulator to be located in its Richland office. “Having visited the NuScale control-room simulator in Corvallis, Oregon, I am thrilled to welcome... 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...
Is $8 billion in new taxes just a fantasy for House leaders? Today is the 101st day of the 2017 legislative session — just four days away from what should be the end of our work this year. Instead, the Legislature will likely be called back next Tuesday into a “special session,” because the Senate and House of Representatives have not approved... 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...
The Senate transportation budget and the Tri-Cities In this week’s video update, Sen. Brown explains the state transportation budget, discusses this year’s Senate transportation budget proposal and explains how the plan impacts major transportation infrastructure projects in the Tri-Cities. 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...
Bipartisan support gives businesses break under simplified license bill Businesses in Washington can expect a simpler process for acquiring general business licenses now that the Senate passed legislation to simplify an often confusing and time-consuming process. When businesses operate in more than one city, even when their only operation is making a single delivery in another jurisdiction, a business... Read More...
Finishing strong… House approves Brown bills We’re one week closer to the end of the 2017 regular legislative session, but at this point it’s tough to tell whether we’re closer to coming to agreement on a budget and associated policy bills. There’s still quite a bit up in the air. That will be the case even... Read More...
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