Building Insight Magazine: Streamlining Government

Published on June 07, 2016
By State Senator Sharon Brown …As chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, I’m fighting to shrink government while streamlining the way it interacts with businesses. A business that has fewer regulations to deal with has more time and resources to expend elsewhere. That translates into a reinvestment in the business (i.e. creating... Read More

VIDEO: WA Ports and Jobs

Published on June 06, 2016
Filmed on location at the South Harbor of the Northwest Seaport Alliance (formerly known as the Port of Tacoma), this video takes an in depth look at issues facing Washington’s ports. Sen. Pam Roach, chair of the Senate Government Operations Committee, discusses the importance of keeping Washington’s ports competitive and its link to job creation. ... Read More

Senate report on deadly prison releases blames Corrections execs, governor’s office

Published on May 25, 2016
Comprehensive legislative inquiry finds incompetence, malfeasance at highest levels OLYMPIA … A draft Senate report says top officials at the Department of Corrections and the governor’s office bear major responsibility for one the worst management failures in state-government history – the improper early release of some 3,000 of Washington’s most dangerous and violent prison inmates.... Read More

In the News: State has much to learn from Panama Canal

Published on May 09, 2016
BY SEN. PAM ROACH …After leading a recent two-day fact-finding mission to the Panama Canal, I returned with an urgent warning for my fellow lawmakers: We need to get serious about making our ports more competitive. Other West Coast ports are meeting, and in some cases exceeding, the advantages of our deepwater ports. If we... Read More

Rivers’ corrections-partnership bill a ‘game changer’ for law enforcement

Published on April 19, 2016
It was 2011, and Clark County detective Jason Granneman was fed up. As a law-enforcement officer he came into daily contact with individuals who were serving the remainder of their sentences in the community, instead of behind bars, sometimes for months or even years. Officially they are in “community corrections” status; however, because they are... Read More

Bailey water-storage and family-caregiver planning bills become law

Published on April 04, 2016
After the conclusion of a 20-day special session, two bills sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, R- Oak Harbor, were signed in a formal ceremony Friday morning. Senate Bill 6589, which was approved near-unanimously, directs state agencies in charge of water management to study the feasibility of water storage to recharge the Skagit River basin so that users... Read More