Getting Smart on Crime Week 11 of the 2017 session is well underway and yesterday brought the Legislature to the two-thirds mark of the 105-day session. Last week a major piece of the budget puzzle came into view with the first revenue forecast of 2017. We learned that the state’s economy is continuing to... Read More...
Time for Olympia to get “Smart on Crime”   In this week’s video update, Sen. Sharon Brown shares highlights from Week 11 of the 2017 Legislative Session. Among other topics, Sen. Brown discusses the “Smart on Crime” bill, which looks to use savings and efficiency improvements in the criminal justice system to help fund enhanced sentences for sexual... Read More...
Week 10 of the 2017 Legislative Session There are just five-and-a-half weeks to go in the 2017 regular legislative session. Several of my bills have already received hearings in the House of Representatives, and other bills related to budget are receiving hearings in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. …This week the House Committee on Commerce and Gaming endorsed my... Read More...
Getting things done! With this week’s Bridges to a Better Government, I am highlighting a few of my bills that moved through the Senate in advance of today’s cutoff deadline. I had several bills make it, including a couple that focus on promoting emerging technology in the energy field. My bills to encourage... Read More...
Preventing youth suicides In this week’s video, I discuss the Youth Behavioral Health Protection Act — my bill to encourage better integration of mental health services into primary pediatric care.  Senate Bill 5779 is a way to streamline care and better identify the mental-health needs of children, who often go untreated for serious and even... Read More...
Brown’s nuclear SMR, hydropower bills passed by Senate Today the Senate advanced two measures sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of carbon-free power and emerging energy technologies – including incremental hydropower, nuclear power and small modular reactors. “We all support clean energy, but the key is doing so in a way that... Read More...
Senate passes Brown’s bill to encourage job growth Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act will help resuscitate local economies, says Brown Today the Senate voted 28-21 to pass the Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act, aimed at helping local communities create jobs by speeding up the permitting process for large-scale projects of statewide significance. Sen. Sharon Brown, deputy... Read More...
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