Schoesler calls for May 15 finish to special session

Published on April 27, 2015
OLYMPIA…Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler today repeated the call to lawmakers in Olympia to end their special session by May 15. Washington lawmakers are scheduled to begin an overtime session Wednesday, but it could run 30 days – or even longer. Schoesler added that lawmakers should see a mid-May deadline for school districts to plan... Read More

Governor signs Roach bill to protect children from web-based crimes

Published on April 26, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed Sen. Pam Roach’s bill targeting sex criminals who use the internet to prey on children. Senate Bill 5215 creates a dedicated funding source for Washington’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force. It was one of five bills Roach sponsored that were before the governor in the Friday-afternoon ceremony. “It was... Read More

Senate delivers ‘clean sweep’ on budget, transportation and tuition cuts

Published on April 24, 2015
OLYMPIA… Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, today marked the end of the Legislature’s regular session with a long list of major legislation passed by the Senate including a no-new-taxes budget, bipartisan transportation package, college-tuition cuts, public-safety measures, addressed critical mental health issues and a capital budget that builds 2,100 classrooms to lower class size... Read More

Benton: House failure to budget responsibly led to special session

Published on April 24, 2015
On the final day of the regular 2015 legislative session, 17th District Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, made this statement regarding the need for a special session, which will begin Wednesday: “I believe it is reprehensible that the Legislature couldn’t get a budget out after nearly four months, due the orchestrated obstructionism of liberal Seattle Democrats... Read More

No pay for striking teachers, Sheldon declares

Published on April 24, 2015
OLYMPIA… When teachers go on strike, Washington taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay them for it, says state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch – and he is introducing a bill requiring school districts to dock their paychecks. “I don’t think people realize teachers get paid when they go on strike,” Sheldon said. “It’s not supposed to be... Read More

Follow the breadcrumbs to a government shutdown

Published on April 24, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Last week, when there was still a chance for us to finish our business in Olympia on time and adjourn this weekend, we were flabbergasted by an argument we heard from our Democratic colleagues in the House. As budget... Read More