Ericksen says governor lacks authority under greenhouse-gas law to impose carbon plan by executive order

Published on September 03, 2015
Opinion from attorney general provides support to Ericksen’s position Sen. Doug Ericksen says an opinion from the state attorney general’s office confirms his belief that Gov. Jay Inslee is not required to pursue a carbon-emissions cap based on the state law that sets future emissions goals. Ericksen, who chairs the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications... Read More

Padden reminds abortion clinics about need to comply with state law

Published on August 27, 2015
As the scandal involving sales of fetal body parts continues to make headlines across the nation, Sen. Mike Padden is reminding Washington’s abortion providers that state law protects fetuses that have a heartbeat, are moving, or otherwise are showing signs of life outside the womb. Since 1981 the section of Washington law which governs the... Read More

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