Implementing a tip line for mental health resources in Washington Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! We have reached the policy “cutoff,” meaning all Senate bills that are policy-related and don’t affect the budget need to be passed out of committee today in order to still be considered “alive” or moving in the legislative process. I wanted to tell you about... Read More...
Keeping clean energy jobs in Washington state Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! We are almost one-third of the way through the 2019 legislative session. This week our Capitol campus saw lots of snow and ice – more than Olympia is used to seeing. These snowy conditions did not stop me from making it to my office, and... Read More...
Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! This week has been busy with meetings and hearings. I have been very hard at work for the 8th Legislative District during this 105-day session. I want to share information on a bill I’ve introduced that would give local governments the ability to build “business... Read More...
Brown bill on building business ecosystems heard in Senate committee The Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development and Trade Committee today heard a bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that would give local governments the ability to create business ecosystem areas to stimulate economic development. Senate Bill 5564 would create and finance local public improvement projects aimed at encouraging economic development... Read More...
Career Connected Learning Dear Friends, The second week of the 2018 legislative session is drawing to a close. This 105-day session is off to a fast start, and I have been very busy meeting with constituents, attending committee hearings and reading bills. I spent a lot of time this week with my colleagues... Read More...
2019 Session is underway! Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! The 2019 legislative session got under way Monday, and things are already moving along quickly at the Capitol. This is a budget year, meaning the Legislature is tasked with approving a budget for the 2019-21 biennium. We will also be working on a variety of... Read More...
The final stretch… We are through the last full week of the 2018 regular legislative session. There are now just six days until the scheduled end of the session on Thursday, March 8. Democrats in the House and Senate have each passed their own supplemental budget plans. The two chambers will now be... Read More...
Why the Senate Democrat budget failed to get a single Republican vote In her video update for the 8th week of the 2018 Legislative Session, Sen. Sharon Brown discusses why the Senate Democrat supplemental operating budget failed to receive even a single Republican vote. Brown and her Republican colleagues voted for an alternative budget that spends less, saves more, makes greater investments... Read More...
A better way on the budget Republican alternative offers tax relief, tuition breaks and investments in mental health and special education Time is ticking down on the 2018 session, and last week, all eyes in the Capitol were focused on the state budget. On Friday the Senate Democrats passed their supplemental budget proposals. While there are some... Read More...