For months, minority Republicans in the Washington Legislature have called for limits on the governor’s emergency powers. But now even some Democrats are expressing concerns about the open-endedness of the COVID-19 state of emergency and the limited role of state lawmakers.
Republican Senators say it’s ridiculous and just plain wrong that thousands are losing jobs due to Governor Inslee’s vaccine mandate.
Republican legislative leaders say it’s ridiculous and just plain wrong that thousands are losing jobs due to Governor Inslee’s vaccine mandate.
Tracy Ellis reports.
Sen. John Braun talks to Lars Larson about Governor Inslee doubling down on his extreme vaccination position.
Republican lawmakers are asking leaders to support refugee resettlement groups to make sure duly vetted Afghan refugees are welcomed to Washington.
The Senate Republican Leader is opposed to Governor Inslee’s move to force state employees to get the COVID vaccine.
Sen. John Braun talks to Lars Larson about why he’s calling on Democrats to fix problems created by controversial police-related bills.
State Republican legislative leaders are calling on Democrats to fix problems created by controversial police-related bills.
Tracy Ellis explains.
The state Senate Republican Leader says people deserve clear answers about the ongoing state of emergency in Washington.
Tracy Ellis reports.
“We are calling on Governor Inslee to fully reopen the state immediately. He had left the door open to a reopening before June 30, and we viewed June 15 as a more appropriate target. Now, with vaccination rates continuing to increase, new CDC guidance and other states showing the way, we no longer see a need to wait two more weeks, and certainly not another month. The time to move our state forward is now. Washingtonians want to return to a sense of normalcy and businesses need more certainty as they attempt to recover.
“It is also time for the governor to end the state of emergency he declared nearly 460 days ago – and with it, the executive-branch overreach and controversial mandates, like the recent proof-of-vaccination decision from Labor and Industries. Our families, employers and workers deserve better. Unfortunately, the failure of legislative Democrats to even consider emergency-powers reform has led us to where we are at today. The only solution left now is for the emergency to be over.”