Cops under attack! The most disturbing trend we saw last week was the majority’s war on law enforcement. After hours of debate, the Senate passed SB 5051 to consolidate, in one agency, the power to revoke certification from any officer from any department. Passing Senate Bill 5051 is that first step in losing control... Read More...
Senate passes Brown’s bill to create industry-siting program Measure is a smart way to bring industry and environmentalists together, says sponsor Today, the Senate voted 47-0 to approve Sen. Sharon Brown’s legislation to establish an innovative statewide industrial-siting coordination program. “Industrial symbiosis addresses critical needs – the need of industrial business to reduce costs and increase profitability, and... Read More...
It’s about time! We’re officially in Phase 2. The most important news of the week came on Valentine’s Day, when our South Central region finally got the good news that we were moving into Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan. This achievement was hard-earned and came only after heartbreaking news that we wouldn’t advance came on Thursday.... Read More...
Brown calls Inslee reopening decision ‘heartbreaking’ for Tri-Cities Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, released the following statement after Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Benton County will remain stuck in the most restrictive phase of his reopening plan for at least two more weeks. The region designated as South Central, which comprises Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla and... Read More...
Senate Republicans unveil budget to help state restart and recover Plan to get schools open and people back to work also doesn’t need more taxes Less than one-third of the way through the 2021 legislative session, Senate Republicans have stepped forward with a 2021-23 budget proposal aimed at restarting schools and bringing jobs back, while saving money for lower-income families.... Read More...
Preventing youth suicides and school shootings The first two weeks of the 2021 session are behind us and things are picking up in Olympia. While this session has been anything other than normal, with hearings and floor actions taking place remotely, the legislative process continues to move forward. There were several major proposals put forth, including... Read More...
Brown’s “Youth Empowered to Speak-up” bill receives Senate hearing Measure would create confidential youth-safety and well-being tip line  Today the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee’s Behavioral Health Subcommittee held a hearing on Sen. Sharon Brown’s bill to implement the Youth Empowered to Speak-up (YES) program statewide. Senate Bill 5327 would create a tip line and mobile app to... Read More...
Video: Youth Empowered to Speak-up In this week’s video, Sen. Brown discusses her efforts to implement the Youth Empowered to Speak-up program statewide. Her legislation, Senate Bill 5327, would create a tip line and app to allow students to confidentially report potential self-harm or criminal activities directed at schools, students or school employees. In the... Read More...