$2.4 billion more in tax revenue pours in We have reached the halfway point on the legislative calendar, as the Senate has now completed work on its own bills and is now exclusively considering bills passed in the House of Representatives, along with those necessary to pass the supplemental budgets. While many good bills died because of the... Read More...
What they did while you were sleeping… For all but political junkies, TVW (the state-supported public-affairs network) usually makes for a good cure for insomnia. On Wednesday night, however, things got a bit heated, as Democrats tried to push through a controversial bill aimed at forcing homecare workers into labor unions. While reasonable folks can disagree on... Read More...
Nuclear power, Inslee taxes and beautiful voices from home In this week’s video update, Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, discusses the fifth week of the 2018 legislative sessions, and shares some of the sights and sounds of Capitol, including a hearing on energy policy, the Republican Leadership Media Availability and a visit by the Tri-Cities’ own Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. Read More...
The clock is ticking! Policy committees approaching key deadline Today the Legislature will reach an important deadline; it is the last day policy committees can vote on Senate bills. Next Tuesday, Feb. 6, is the last day for Senate fiscal committees (Ways and Means; Transportation) to vote on Senate bills that have an effect on the state budget. …It... Read More...
Brown’s bills advance as Senate reaches key deadline In her video update for the 4th week of the 2018 Legislative Session, Sen. Sharon Brown discusses three of her bills dealing, which received hearings this week prior to a key committee deadline. The bills range from dealing with youth suicide prevention and expanding exploration of geothermal energy. She also... Read More...
A taste of the Tri-Cities in Olympia The 2018 legislative session is approaching an important deadline. Next Friday, Feb. 2, is the last day for Senate committees to take action on their own bills, except for bills with a cost attached that will impact state budgets (those bills have until Feb. 6 to see committee action). With... Read More...