Senate majority makes college more affordable with historic tuition cuts

Published on July 27, 2015
Senate Majority leader Mark Schoesler recaps the news coverage of an historic session: ‘Historic’ tuition cut sets state apart from rest of U.S. Seattle Times, June 13, 2015 Washington’s move isn’t well-known elsewhere in the country, but some say it could spur other states to think about cuts. “I don’t know how widely known this proposal... Read More

A messy session with a splendid finish

Published on July 22, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. If ever there was a legislative session that proved Otto von Bismarck right, it is the one we just finished. Von Bismarck is the former German chancellor we always quote about legislating and sausage-making: “Laws are like sausages – it... Read More

A session that rewrote history, not always accurately

Published on July 22, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. I was reading the other day that this year’s Legislature raised taxes by $480 million. This was news to me and I think to just about everyone on my side of the aisle, mainly because it isn’t true. That... Read More

Benton measure to provide tax relief to low-income seniors, veterans now law

Published on July 17, 2015
OLYMPIA… Governor Jay Inslee signed into law this week a measure sponsored by Sen. Don Benton that assists seniors, veterans and disabled individuals by increasing the income limit for calculating property-tax exemption qualification. “This is valuable tax relief for our seniors, veterans and disabled individuals who have difficulty paying their property taxes,” said Benton, R-Vancouver.... Read More

Session finale brings huge win, lasting achievements for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says

Published on July 10, 2015
OLYMPIA… The 2015 legislative session ended Friday in victory for Eastern Washington, said state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Seldom has the outcome of a legislative session so well reflected the interests and the bedrock principles of Eastern Washington, he said. Washington lawmakers wrapped up their session Friday on the 176th day, the longest continuous legislative... Read More

Court ruling about state oversight of hospitals illustrates need for legislative review

Published on July 09, 2015
Top leaders of the Senate Health Care Committee applauded today’s unanimous state Supreme Court ruling that the state Department of Health overstepped its legal authority to regulate hospitals. Sen. Randi Becker, committee chair, and Sen. Bruce Dammeier, vice chair, said the justices’ decision found the agency’s certificate-of-need process was out of line with state law.... Read More