Expanding opportunities in higher education Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! This week was filled with long committee meetings as we reached another deadline for committees to act on legislation. This included a Ways and Means committee hearing that concluded with a vote in the dark of night (literally, at 1:30 a.m.) by the Senate Democrat... Read More...
Join me Wednesday evening for a ‘telephone’ town hall! Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! Last weekend I had the opportunity to give our community a legislative update at an 8th Legislative District town hall meeting in Richland. Representatives Boehnke and Klippert and I had a great turnout, and I thank everyone who was able to attend. For those who... Read More...
Legislative Cutoff: an update on my bills that survived! Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! Wednesday marked the “house of origin” cutoff for this session. That meant the deadline for the full Senate to approve any bill originating in the Senate – and by doing so, to keep that bill “alive” for the House to consider this session. The exceptions... Read More...
Creating and expanding jobs in our mental healthcare system Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! We have reached the halfway point of the legislative session and have been busy all week in the Senate chamber, voting on bills. While the Senate bills that have been sent over to the House of Representatives this session address a wide variety of issues,... Read More...
Brown confirms ‘clean energy’ bill includes nuclear energy Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, said she is disappointed that the clean-energy bill passed by the state Senate today does not specifically list nuclear energy as a source of clean electric power, but encouraged to receive confirmation from the bill’s prime sponsor that the measure in fact includes nuclear energy as... Read More...
STEM Education – preparing students NOW for their future Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! Today is the deadline for any bill with a fiscal impact to pass at the fiscal-committee level in order to keep moving during this 2019 legislative session. The exceptions to this rule are bills necessary to implement state government’s capital, transportation or operating budgets. In... Read More...
Implementing a tip line for mental health resources in Washington Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! We have reached the policy “cutoff,” meaning all Senate bills that are policy-related and don’t affect the budget need to be passed out of committee today in order to still be considered “alive” or moving in the legislative process. I wanted to tell you about... Read More...
Keeping clean energy jobs in Washington state Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! We are almost one-third of the way through the 2019 legislative session. This week our Capitol campus saw lots of snow and ice – more than Olympia is used to seeing. These snowy conditions did not stop me from making it to my office, and... Read More...