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...
In the News: Making Washington More Appealing For Manufacturing By Mike Richards -The Lens April 6, 2017 A Senate bill making its way through the Washington State Legislature aims to attract more manufacturing companies to move to the state and incentivize those and any existing businesses to remain and build their projects within Washington. SB 5642, which would offer tax deferrals for eligible manufacturing projects... 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...
House unanimously passes Brown bill to advance geothermal exploration By a vote of 98 to 0, the House of Representatives today passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that advances research on renewable energy by improving the permitting process for geothermal exploration. “Geothermal energy is a clean, renewable, environmentally-friendly resource that new technology and research are making even... Read More...
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