Padden’s rapid response to Supreme Court public-safety ruling signed by governor

Published on July 07, 2015
Bill restores pretrial-monitoring tool for protecting the public On June 11 the state Supreme Court ruled that the costs for pre-trial drug and alcohol monitoring fit under the statutory meaning of “pretrial supervision,” limiting the ability of courts to order these protective measures in cash-strapped counties. By July 6 – just 25 days later –... Read More

Bipartisan budget fully funds education, reduces tuition without new taxes

Published on July 01, 2015
Sen. Andy Hill today released a final bipartisan two-year operating budget that fully funds education, reduces college tuition and protects the social safety net without raising new taxes. “We began this year with the goal of fully funding education and ensuring a sustainable future for the state,” said Hill, chair of the Ways and Means... Read More

Legislature passes Brown plan to encourage job growth

Published on June 30, 2015
Invest in Washington Jobs pilot program would help create new manufacturing and construction jobs Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting employers to Washington and helping them create jobs her top priorities since coming to the Senate. Today, the Legislature passed her “Invest in Washington” jobs plan,... Read More

Legislature backs Padden’s bill on pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring

Published on June 30, 2015
Today the House of Representatives voted 92-6 to pass a measure sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, aimed at improving public safety by making it more practical for courts to order pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring. “There are often real-world consequences to Supreme Court decisions,” said Padden, who chairs the Senate Law and Justice Committee. “Senate... Read More

Senate passes Brown measure on clean-energy education and nuclear jobs

Published on June 30, 2015
Today the Senate approved a measure sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown aimed at supporting nuclear education and preparing the state to attract more economic development and jobs tied to the nuclear-power industry. Senate Bill 5113, which passed by a vote of 31-12, would require the Department of Commerce to coordinate and advance the manufacturing of... Read More

Parlette says taxpayers, students win with new state budget

Published on June 29, 2015
OLYMPIA… The new state operating budget approved today by the Legislature is good for Washington taxpayers and especially good for Washington students of all ages, said Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee. The $38 billion, two-year plan received a solidly bipartisan 38-10 vote from the Senate, then was approved by the House of Representatives. This budget... Read More