The first milepost reached in the 2016 session As chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, I am continually asking our job creators and workers what we in Olympia can do to make it easier for them to be successful and thrive. One of the things I keep hearing, especially from those seeking permits to build,... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government: The Tri-Cities in Olympia! One of the best parts of any session is the arrival of Tri-Cities Day and seeing some of our best ambassadors visit us here in Olympia. Senators Mark Schoesler, Mike Hewitt and I welcomed the members of the Tri-Cities Legislative Council, who also received briefings from Speaker of the House... Read More...
Brown leads Senate in recalling contributions of late Senator Max Benitz A life dedicated to public service led Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, to introduce a resolution commemorating one of her 8th Legislative District predecessors, the late Sen. Max Benitz, for his work in agriculture, education, and energy. Senate Resolution 8697 was approved last Friday. “Senator Benitz helped pave the way for... Read More...
Public weighs in on Brown’s bills to support jobs in clean energy Washington already has a one-stop process for locating major energy facilities; Sen. Sharon Brown has come up with a way to speed the process along and get to the job-creation part sooner. Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on a measure that would streamline... Read More...
Growing jobs in Washington’s economic garden 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... Read More...
Senate panel considers Brown bill to meet federal clean-power standards 8th District lawmaker’s measure would maximize use of nuclear in state carbon-reduction strategy Today a measure aimed at maximizing the use of nuclear power in the state’s carbon-reduction strategy received a hearing before the Senate energy committee. Sen. Sharon Brown, the Legislature’s leading advocate for nuclear power and sponsor of... Read More...
Senate panel considers trio of Brown bills focused on regulatory reform Senator continues multi-year effort to reduce red tape and help create jobs Today the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee considered three bills aimed at making it easier for Washington businesses to operate, grow and create jobs. Sen. Sharon Brown, who chairs the committee and is the lead sponsor of... Read More...
2016 session is underway! The 2016 legislative session is now underway. We are scheduled to be in session for 60 days, until March 10. I am hopeful that the Legislature’s primary focus this year will be on doing whatever we can to encourage private-sector job growth, adopt innovative new approaches to energy and improve... Read More...
Senate panel unanimously approves Jason’s Law Sen. Sharon Brown’s bill to strengthen vehicular-homicide guidelines one step closer to becoming law Today the Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously approved a bill that would strengthen the state’s vehicular-homicide sentencing guidelines.  The measure, known as Jason’s Law, is sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown. She and Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant... Read More...