Tuition-cap bill approved by Senate

Published on April 29, 2015
College affordability one step closer for Washington Families The Senate Majority’s College Affordability Program, Senate Bill 5954 passed with bipartisan support but surprising opposition from half of Senate Democrats. The bill, sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, and chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor would reduce... Read More

Governor signs O’Ban human-trafficking bill

Published on April 28, 2015
Measure supports new training for law enforcement to protect vulnerable populations Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5933 Friday, sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban. The new law establishes a statewide training program for those who work on the front line to combat human trafficking. “This law is a needed tool for law enforcement to deal... Read More

Bailey amendment on oil-train safety bill provides more tools to keep communities safe

Published on April 28, 2015
The final bill voted on during the 2015 regular session was a result of strong bipartisan work to keep communities safe in light of increased oil-train traffic. The Senate adjourned late Friday evening passing House Bill 1449 unanimously. Sen. Barbara Bailey offered an amendment that had been dogging the bill throughout the proposal’s negotiation, but... Read More

Burned, beaten and locked away: State fails disabled woman

Published on April 28, 2015

O’Ban homeless youth prevention bill now law

Published on April 28, 2015
Bipartisan efforts boost resources to combat youth homelessness Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Homeless Youth Prevention Act into law Friday. Sponsored by state Sen. Steve O’Ban, Senate Bill 5404 boosts resources to homeless youth and aims to decrease homelessness with greater data and prevention efforts. “This is one of the most important pieces of legislation... Read More

Padden urges House to follow Senate lead on remote testimony

Published on April 28, 2015
Sen. Mike Padden went into the 2015 regular session with a goal of increasing the opportunities for public participation in the legislative process. An analysis of the Senate’s remote testimony pilot program shows that Padden and his colleagues in the Senate took significant steps toward achieving that goal in that chamber, and now he plans... Read More