Sexual assault victims better protected under plan passed by Senate

Published on February 03, 2016
Victims of sexual assault seeking protection orders would get increased protections under legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow, passed today by the Washington State Senate. The proposal would allow courts to set longer terms instead of the current maximum of two years and reduces burdens to continue existing orders. “This legislation is a huge step... Read More

2016 a Year to Build on Results

Published on January 07, 2016
This post originally appeared in Exit 105, the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus. In a short time, we begin a legislative session in which anything can happen – more true in 2016 than in most years. The key thing to remember is that, at least on the Senate side, we will hold... Read More

Governor’s budget plan doesn’t deal with realities of writing a budget

Published on December 17, 2015
In response to a supplemental budget proposal offered by Washington’s governor this morning, Sen. Andy Hill, the Senate’s chief budget writer and chair of the Ways and Means Committee, provided this response: “We’ve been waiting four years for the governor to produce a balanced budget — I guess we’re going to have to keep waiting.... Read More

Padden named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Published on November 24, 2015
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has again named state Sen. Mike Padden “Legislator of the Year” for his continuing effort to toughen Washington laws against driving under the influence. The national-level award goes to lawmakers in each state who have demonstrated leadership on the issue. Padden, R-Spokane Valley, is one of 70 recipients nationally of MADD’s... Read More

Sen. Roach honored for work to protect children from internet-based crimes

Published on October 05, 2015
Washington’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force today honored Sen. Pam Roach for securing state funding that will let the organization target more of the sex criminals who use the internet to prey on children. “ICAC needed more resources to hire more investigators to go after those who create and trade online in child sex-abuse... Read More

Schoesler named ‘Legislative Champion’ by Washington Association of Realtors

Published on September 22, 2015
Schoesler, R-Ritzville, is a co-winner of the award with Sen. Andy Hill of Redmond, the Senate majority’s budget chief. They helped lead the Legislature to adopt a new 2015-17 operating budget which is balanced without general tax increases that would have hit Main Street employers and family-level investors. Read More