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...
It’s budget season in Olympia It’s officially “budget season” in Olympia. In recent weeks the Senate approved its operating- and capital-budget plans while the majority party in the House of Representatives passed its $44.9 billion spending plan. There are some key differences between the two approaches – most notably that the Senate balances without new taxes,... Read More...
What is the Capital Budget? In this week’s video update, Sen. Brown answers the question: What is the capital budget? She also discusses this year’s Senate capital budget proposal, which contains an unprecedented level of support for education — nearly $2 billion. Read More...
House Democrats propose $8 billion in new taxes! We are now less than one month away from the end of the 2017 legislative session. Today was the date for Senate policy committees to pass House bills – measures that must be considered by the Ways and Means and Transportation committees have another week to get through the committee... Read More...
Brown scores major wins for Tri-Cities in Senate capital budget Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, said today she is pleased that her work to get significant funding for local colleges, historical projects and other key community improvements paid off with more than $40 million in funding for 8th District projects included in the Senate’s proposed capital budget. Brown pushed aggressively to... Read More...
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