Senate Session for Week 3 of the 2017 Session In this week’s video, Sen. Sharon Brown discusses the Ag Committee hearing on her bill to give adequate written notice to those leasing land from the Department of Natural Resources prior to termination of a lease. She also reviews her latest bills, and provides an update on the budget process. Read More...
Is it about money or priorities? By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the challenge the state faces in meeting the education-funding demands of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Providing for basic education (meaning K-12) is the paramount duty of the state, and as the vice chair of the budget-writing committee in the Senate, I... Read More...
Farmers hurt by DNR to get hearing This week’s Senate Session video focuses on Benton County farmers hurt by DNR’s sudden cancellation of land leases. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8AM in the Senate Ag Committee. Read More...
Brown: ‘We must end human trafficking!’ Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. State Senator Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, released the following audio comments on the importance of the fight against human trafficking, the progress Washington state has made in tackling the problem, and the need for more work to be done: Read More...
2017 Session kicks off with a little Blue & Green Spirit! On Monday, we returned to Olympia for the start of what is sure to be a challenging session. But with every challenge comes opportunity – including the opportunity to serve. My colleagues recently selected me to serve as Deputy Senate Leader and as a Vice Chair of Ways and Means... Read More...
Brown chosen as deputy leader of Senate Majority Coalition Caucus The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus has tapped state Sen. Sharon Brown to serve as its deputy leader. The Tri-Cities lawmaker was elected Wednesday when the Republican-led coalition’s senators met to finalize their slate of leaders for the next two years. “I am very honored to have been chosen by my... Read More...
Brown named a vice chair of budget-writing Ways and Means Committee Today State Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, was named a vice chair of the key Senate budget-writing committee – Ways and Means – as the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus set committee rosters for the 2017 legislative session. “This is expected to be one of the most challenging and important budget years... Read More...
Kennewick School District awarded top state grant to reduce class sizes This week the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction named 21 school districts that will receive grants to reduce the student-teacher ratios in their K-3 classes. The nearly $234 million in state funds will be used by districts on capital projects to provide more classroom space and flexibility. Sen. Sharon... Read More...
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