Senate unanimously approves Brown’s College Campus Suicide Prevention bill

Published on February 08, 2018
Today the Senate unanimously passed a bill from Sen. Sharon Brown that would promote a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education, with enhanced services to help students who are veterans. The bill is a result of a task force on mental health and suicide prevention in higher education, created by... Read More

O’Ban on Sound Transit: ‘They can afford it, my constituents can’t!’

Published on February 01, 2018
Senator Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, and Representative Mark Harmsworth, R-Mill Creek, hosted a news conference on Feb. 1 to discuss Sound Transit legislation. The media availability focused on legislation that would cut car tab fees, hold Sound Transit accountable to taxpayers, stop Sound Transit from imposing property taxes on homeowners who weren’t given the opportunity to vote for Sound... Read More

Lower B&O taxes for manufacturers proposed to help reverse job losses

Published on January 23, 2018
A bipartisan group of lawmakers are hoping to revive a reduction in the state’s business and occupation tax for manufacturers and reverse the trend of significant job losses in the sector. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, would implement a 40 percent reduction in the tax rate for manufacturers, which passed with overwhelming support... Read More

Families across Washington win with deal on water-rights, capital budget

Published on January 19, 2018
OLYMPIA…Marking the end of long and arduous negotiations, the Legislature today passed a bipartisan, bicameral solution to the Hirst water-rights decision, clearing the way for families to get permits to dig household wells and gain access to water. It also passed a capital budget worth more than $4 billion, including the bonds necessary to pay... Read More

Republican leader: Amazon’s HQ2 list should be a wake-up call

Published on January 18, 2018
OLYMPIA…In response to today’s announcement by that it has narrowed its search for a second-headquarters location to a short-list of 20 cities, Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, issued the following statement.   “The fact that Amazon’s finalists for HQ2 only include one West Coast city and none from Washington should be a wake-up... Read More

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler cautious about governor’s budget

Published on December 14, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, offered this comment about Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget released today:   “While it’s promising that the governor finally proposed a budget that balances over four years, I call on him to publicly commit to veto any budget that doesn’t. “I’m glad that undoing the levy reform enacted in the... Read More