O’Ban critical of Inslee’s weak response to JBLM/I-5 traffic congestion

Published on December 18, 2014
Sen. Steve O’Ban, R- Pierce County, who has been working for years to alleviate traffic congestion on Interstate 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is disappointed that JBLM traffic problems are largely ignored by Gov. Jay Inslee’s new transportation proposal. “I would like to have seen the governor prioritize his project list better. Of course every... Read More

Sen. Hill’s response to governor’s proposed tax increase

Published on December 18, 2014
Sen. Andy Hill issued the following statement in response to the release of the governor’s 2015 budget proposal. “The governor’s contribution to the upcoming budget process features a massive tax increase on residents and small businesses. Investing in student achievement and providing essential services should not depend on risky tax schemes that threaten our economy. Educating... Read More

King selected to lead Senate transportation committee

Published on December 17, 2014
During a meeting of Senate majority lawmakers Monday, Sen. Curtis King was chosen to chair the Senate Transportation Committee. As head of the committee, King will steer the transportation agenda and bill proposals, as well as write the biennial transportation budget. It is anticipated that the agenda will focus on passage of a reform and transportation-revenue package.... Read More

Braun holds first Latino legislative forum in 20th District

Published on December 17, 2014
More than 50 members of the 20th Legislative District’s Latino community joined Sen. John Braun on Sunday afternoon in Chehalis for a discussion about priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 12. “I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout,” said Braun, R-Centralia, who had invited members of the area’s faith community and leaders... Read More

O’Ban appointed chair of newly named human services, mental health and housing committee

Published on December 11, 2014
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced committee leadership for the 2015 legislative session. Sen. Steve O’Ban has been appointed to chair a renamed committee, the Senate Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee, formerly known as the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee. O’Ban will also represent the 28th Legislative District on the Senate Ways... Read More

State Senate majority creates new government accountability committee

Published on December 09, 2014
Announces committee leadership for 2015 legislative session The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced today Senate committee leadership for the 2015 legislative session including the addition of a new committee that will focus on government accountability and reform issues. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler said, “The committee leadership reflects the exceptional talent in this caucus who... Read More