Brown measures on emerging technologies clear Senate energy committee Four bills would recognize clean-power advantages of nuclear energy, make geothermal exploration and SMR manufacturing easier in Washington Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee advanced a package of bills aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of emerging energy technologies – including geothermal exploration, nuclear power and small... Read More...
Senate energy committee to hear nuclear bills on Tri-Cities Day We have now wrapped up 31 days of the legislative session, or nearly a third of the 105 days allowed. Tomorrow will be a big day for legislation important to our district. The full Senate met during this fifth week to approve several non-controversial bills, and this morning, we met... Read More...
Week 5 in the 2017 Session Each year, some of our great citizens, industry representatives and employers come to the Capitol to share their expertise with lawmakers from across the state and hear briefings on issues affecting our community. Many come to testify on bills that directly impact the Tri-Cities. …On Thursday, the Senate Energy committee will... Read More...
Senate education plan a big win for Tri-Cities We are now in the fourth week of the 2017 legislative session, and it has been an eventful time. A big challenge for this year’s session is reaching an education-funding agreement that meets the demands of the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. Please keep reading for more information about the Senate... Read More...
Invest in Washington Jobs Program in the spotlight Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, discusses the success of her Invest in Washington Jobs pilot program, talks with Marcus Mosley of program participant Shelby Super Cars, and previews her bill to expand the program and create more Washington state jobs. Read More...
DNR admits agency ‘messed up’ The third week of the 2017 legislative session is off to a busy start, full of committee hearings, meetings on emerging issues and discussions about how best to address the education-funding challenges related to the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. We also received some updated budget numbers from the state Economic... Read More...
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...
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