Fairness for taxpayers Today the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus welcomed two friends who were in town – Congressman Dan Newhouse and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The two federal lawmakers briefed us on the very active agenda back in the other Washington, including steps being taken to reduce needless regulations and help job-creation. I am... Read More...
Policy Cut Off 2017: Dead or Alive? Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, discusses which her bills are still alive following the first major deadline of 2017 legislative session: Policy Committee Cut Off.  Friday, Feb. 17 was the deadline for all policy bills to pass out of committee. Friday, Feb. 24 is the deadline for the fiscal committees —... Read More...
Nuclear bills beat committee deadline This week in Olympia saw several packed committee meetings as we quickly approach the Friday deadline for bills to be advanced out of the Senate’s 12 policy committees. Many of the nuclear- and emerging energy bills that I have introduced not only received hearings last week, but were also approved... Read More...
2017 Tri-Cities Day a big success Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, shares video and photos from this year’s Tri-Cities Day. Sen. Brown was able to take part in a briefing on Developing a Workforce for a Clean Energy Future. It was a great opportunity for her to answer questions and delve into some of the legislative solutions she has introduced... Read More...
Brown measures on emerging technologies clear Senate energy committee Four bills would recognize clean-power advantages of nuclear energy, make geothermal exploration and SMR manufacturing easier in Washington Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee advanced a package of bills aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of emerging energy technologies – including geothermal exploration, nuclear power and small... Read More...
Senate energy committee to hear nuclear bills on Tri-Cities Day We have now wrapped up 31 days of the legislative session, or nearly a third of the 105 days allowed. Tomorrow will be a big day for legislation important to our district. The full Senate met during this fifth week to approve several non-controversial bills, and this morning, we met... Read More...
Week 5 in the 2017 Session Each year, some of our great citizens, industry representatives and employers come to the Capitol to share their expertise with lawmakers from across the state and hear briefings on issues affecting our community. Many come to testify on bills that directly impact the Tri-Cities. …On Thursday, the Senate Energy committee will... Read More...
Senate education plan a big win for Tri-Cities We are now in the fourth week of the 2017 legislative session, and it has been an eventful time. A big challenge for this year’s session is reaching an education-funding agreement that meets the demands of the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. Please keep reading for more information about the Senate... Read More...
Invest in Washington Jobs Program in the spotlight Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, discusses the success of her Invest in Washington Jobs pilot program, talks with Marcus Mosley of program participant Shelby Super Cars, and previews her bill to expand the program and create more Washington state jobs. Read More...
DNR admits agency ‘messed up’ The third week of the 2017 legislative session is off to a busy start, full of committee hearings, meetings on emerging issues and discussions about how best to address the education-funding challenges related to the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. We also received some updated budget numbers from the state Economic... Read More...
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