Senator takes action on new report related to small modular reactors Sen. Sharon Brown encouraged by the role SMRs can play in job creation for the Tri-Cities; introduces legislation based on report recommendations On Tuesday the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council released a promising report highlighting the potential for small modular nuclear reactors to play a significant role in providing... Read More...
Brown, Padden: Remote testimony options to expand in 2016 session Remote video-testimony options will expand in 2016 in the Washington state Senate, an important development for residents of Eastern Washington – and for anyone hoping to avoid a trip to the Capitol. Next year committees in all five Senate meeting rooms will be able to view video testimony offered via... Read More...
Gates’ clean-energy plan is on right track, Republican senators say Offers contrast with heavy-handed government mandates Similarities with Senate bill Has potential to increase job creation, rather than hamper it Two Republican state senators say Bill Gates has a powerful idea with his plan to spur private-sector development of clean-energy technologies – and they say it offers a dramatic contrast... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government: That’s all, folks! Legislative year comes to a close with the best education budget in state history! That’s all, folks! On July 10, the special legislative session came to a close and we adjourned for the year. I am happy to report the Legislature was able to complete its work on the 2015-17... Read More...
The Never Ending Session As we worked through the night to finish the bills necessary to implement the budget, all the celebration came to a stop. At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, half of the Senate Democrats broke ranks with the their leadership when they refused to vote for a measure to suspend Initiative 1351... Read More...
Legislature passes Brown plan to encourage job growth Invest in Washington Jobs pilot program would help create new manufacturing and construction jobs Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting employers to Washington and helping them create jobs her top priorities since coming to the Senate. Today, the Legislature passed her... Read More...
Senate passes Brown measure on clean-energy education and nuclear jobs Today the Senate approved a measure sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown aimed at supporting nuclear education and preparing the state to attract more economic development and jobs tied to the nuclear-power industry. Senate Bill 5113, which passed by a vote of 31-12, would require the Department of Commerce to coordinate... Read More...
Nuclear energy policies still alive in Senate budget As you know, I spent a good bit of the regular session working on bills encouraging nuclear energy and preparing the state and our workers to compete for the jobs tied to this growing and evolving clean energy field. I am happy to report that many of the policies in... Read More...
Brown’s Residential Construction Recovery Act signed by governor Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5923, also known as the Residential Construction Recovery Act, which helps residential builders defer payment of impact fees. The measure was sponsored by 8th District Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick. “The middle and working-classes were hammered by the Great Recession and perhaps no industry... Read More...