The second week of the 2016 legislative session is drawing to a close. It’s hard to believe we’re already about one-quarter of the way through the 60-day regular session.
I spent most of this week with my colleagues in Senate hearings discussing bills and taking public testimony on measures before the Senate. On Wednesday the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee discussed three of my bills aimed at helping private-sector employers create jobs by reducing the regulatory burdens they face.
Our friend Lori Mattson, president of the Tri-City Regional Chamber, joined us to testify on the bill and discuss “economic gardening” in an earlier work session. You can watch her testimony in this week’s video update below.
Much of the conversation this week focused on the Senate’s use of its subpoena powers – authority that has rarely been used, but was necessitated by the growing scandal at the Department of Corrections.