Brown bill establishing state Blockchain Work Group clears technology committee Sen. Sharon Brown’s efforts to position Washington as a leader on blockchain technology won support today from the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee. It advanced her legislation to establish the Washington Blockchain Work Group and create a welcoming environment for businesses that are adopting distributed-ledger technology. Senate Bill 6065... Read More...
Video: Anti-Human Trafficking Month   In this week’s video, Sen. Brown is joined by Kay Olson, a senior instructor at the WSU College of Nursing. The two discuss efforts to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and Sen. Brown’s legislation declaring January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Read More...
Bills, bills, bills… We just wrapped up week two of the legislative session, which means we are a quarter of the way through. It’s amazing how much we can fit into a short session. Sometimes that’s good news and sometimes it’s not. This week, we spent time in committee meetings, discussing and amending... Read More...
Video: Protecting those with Developmental Disabilities In this week’s video, we talk with Sharon Adolphson, Coordinator for the Benton Franklin Parent Coalition, which provides information and resources to families who have sons/daughters with developmental disabilities. Sharon discusses Sen. Brown’s measure, Senate Bill 6429, which create an optional designation on a driver’s license or identicard that a... Read More...
2020 Session is underway! Senate Republicans are listening to you! With only 60 days allotted by the state constitution for the “short,” even-year session, lawmakers arrived in Olympia this week ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work. For those of us legislators who are committed to listening to the people of... Read More...
Tax season in Olympia Dear Friends, On Sunday, April 28 at 11:59 p.m., the 2019 legislative session came to an end. And not a moment too soon… for in the final days and hours, majority Democrats passed several measures that will increase costs for many Washington residents in the near future. Operating budget.  House Bill... Read More...
Brown blockchain bill signed by governor Gov. Inslee signed a bill today sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that will recognize the validity of distributed ledger technology, including technology commonly known as blockchain. Substitute Senate Bill 5638 encourages the development of distributed ledger technology, which can help with the management of digital records. This bill ensures an... Read More...
Wrapping up the 2019 legislative session? Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! This week marks the final few days of the 2019 legislative session – the regular session, that is, meaning the 105 days allotted by the state constitution. Although lawmakers have put in many long hours, we still do not have final operating, transportation and capital budgets because... Read More...