Surprise! Majority looks to abdicate a basic role of the legislative branch

Published on January 13, 2021
I can’t tell you how many people contacted my Senate office during the past nine-plus months about the unprecedented actions Governor Inslee has taken since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them, using words that made their frustration or desperation obvious, asked what legislators could do regarding the dozens of proclamations he’s made since... Read More

Braun says new Senate rules severely limit access to democracy

Published on January 11, 2021
OLYMPIA…After an historic day in the Washington State Legislature where changes to the rules were adopted to allow for the 2021 Legislative Session to continue remotely, Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, released a statement. Braun said he’s disappointed that majority Democrats refused to bend on new Senate operating rules for the 2021 legislative session... Read More

Senate passes Brown’s bill to create industry-siting program

Published on February 26, 2021
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 the public need to improve... Read More

Senate unanimously passes Brown’s measure to create a confidential youth-safety and well-being tip line

Published on February 25, 2021
Today the Senate unanimously approved Sen. Sharon Brown’s bill to implement the Youth Empowered to Speak-up (YES) program statewide. Second Substitute Senate Bill 5327 would create a tip-line mobile app to allow students to confidentially report potential self-harm or criminal activities directed at schools, students or school employees. “On Sunday, our community tragically lost yet... Read More
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