“Let the people weigh in”: Senate Republicans again call for special session

OLYMPIA…Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, Senate Republican caucus , issued the following statement in response to the governor’s announcement today that the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order will end at midnight on May 31 and focus will be directed toward opening Washington’s economy county by county. “The governor’s announcement today underscores the need for a June […]

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Senate Republicans push back results in redrafting of emergency proclamation

OLYMPIA…As a result of the Senate Republicans’ refusal to extend an emergency proclamation that violated the individual’s right to due process, the proclamation has been scaled back and will be reissued by the governor. The new version of the proclamation no longer suspends statutes that require court hearings to be held within a certain amount […]

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Senate Republican leader responds to criticism over denying extension of proclamation that limits due process

OLYMPIA…Senate Republican leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released the following statement in response to criticism that the Senate Republican denial of the extension of Proclamation 20-45 will hurt victims of domestic violence. “Senate Republicans have always been, and will always be, champions for victims’ rights. We are extremely concerned about the 21 percent increase in domestic […]

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Inslee four-phase plan forces many businesses to stay on path to failure

OLYMPIA…Senate Republican leader Mark Schoesler released the following statement in response to Gov. Inslee’s announcement today that he is extending the order to stay home during the COVID-19 public health crisis until May 31 and will allow a 4-phase approach toward reopening Washington’s economy. Phase one of the plan, which would begin May 4, would […]

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Caucus letter

March 27, 2020   Governor Jay Inslee Office of the Governor PO BOX 40002 Olympia, WA 98504-0002   Dear Governor Inslee, During this time of crisis, it is important that we put aside minor differences and come together to work for the common good of all Washingtonians. For that reason we have made it a […]

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Senate Republicans’ letter asks Inslee to veto sex-education bill

OLYMPIA… On the final day of the 2020 legislative session, all 21 members of the Senate Republican Caucus signed a letter sent to Gov. Jay Inslee asking him to veto Senate Bill 5395, which would require comprehensive sexual health education to be taught in all grades levels in all Washington public schools.   Senators who […]

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Senate Republicans will miss retiring Senator from 2nd Legislative District

OLYMPIA – The Senate Republican Caucus issued the following response to the announcement by Sen. Randi Becker, R-Olympia, that she is retiring from the Washington State Senate when her current term expires at the end of this year. Becker will not run for reelection.   Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville: “Randi is my pal. […]

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