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Infant fentanyl overdoses warrant felony charges, says Braun

Published on April 26, 2024
CENTRALIA…Three infants in the Everett area overdosed on fentanyl over four days this week, including a 13-month-old who died. Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, shared the following reaction to these preventable tragedies. “It’s completely indefensible when an infant or child gets sick or dies because someone in the household is using deadly drugs such...
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VIDEO: TVW: 2024 Impact Sine Die Special – Sen. John Braun

Published on March 07, 2024
On the final day of the 2024 Legislative Session, Mike McClanahan, host of The Impact, interviews Sen. John Braun.
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VIDEO: TVW: 2024 Impact Sine Die Special – Sen Lynda Wilson

Published on March 07, 2024
On the final day of the 2024 Legislative Session, Mike McClanahan, host of The Impact, interviews Sen. Lynda Wilson.
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VIDEO: Senate Republican Leader John Braun on three initiatives heading to voters

Published on March 06, 2024
Senate Republican Leader John Braun talks about the policies behind three initiatives to the Legislature that majority Democrats ignored during the session and will appear on the November ballot.
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VIDEO: Legislative Republican Leadership Media Availability

Published on March 05, 2024
State Legislative Republicans – Sens. John Braun and Matt Boehnke and Reps. Drew Stokesbary and Mike Steele – hold a weekly media availability to discuss the very latest in the 2024 legislative session.
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News from the Caucus

May 08, 2015
Ann Rivers

State Supreme Court decision underscores importance of Rivers’ Cannabis Patient Protection Act

In the days and years leading up to the recent passage of Senate Bill 5052 Sen. Ann Rivers was the subject of angry emails, death threats, even a published caricature depicting her with fangs – all over what critics said was her lack of concern for medical-marijuana patients. Rivers’ Cannabis Patient Protection Act aligns the...
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May 07, 2015
Mike Padden

Senate work session examines litigation concerns tied to proposed state voting rights act

Today Sen. Mike Padden, chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, held a joint work session with the Senate Government Operations and Security Committee to examine concerns that a proposed state version of the Voting Rights Act could increase litigation and costs for local jurisdictions. “The proposed Washington State Voting Rights Act attempts to...
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May 07, 2015
Senate Republican Caucus

2015 – A great year for education

Washington’s education union is planning a series of one-day strikes protesting the Legislature’s work on education funding. See here for information on the strike. What have lawmakers done for students this year? Greatest new investment in K-12 of any budget in state history Bipartisan efforts would invest in all-day kindergarten, K-3 class size reduction and...
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April 29, 2015
John Braun

Tuition-cap bill approved by Senate

College affordability one step closer for Washington Families The Senate Majority’s College Affordability Program, Senate Bill 5954 passed with bipartisan support but surprising opposition from half of Senate Democrats. The bill, sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, and chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor would reduce...
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April 28, 2015
Senate Republican Caucus

Burned, beaten and locked away: State fails disabled woman

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April 28, 2015
Mike Padden

Padden urges House to follow Senate lead on remote testimony

Sen. Mike Padden went into the 2015 regular session with a goal of increasing the opportunities for public participation in the legislative process. An analysis of the Senate’s remote testimony pilot program shows that Padden and his colleagues in the Senate took significant steps toward achieving that goal in that chamber, and now he plans...
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April 27, 2015
Senate Republican Caucus

Schoesler calls for May 15 finish to special session

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...
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April 24, 2015
Senate Republican Caucus

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

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...
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April 24, 2015
Mark Schoesler

Follow the breadcrumbs to a government shutdown

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...
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April 21, 2015
Senate Republican Caucus

School Superintendents speak out on the importance of finishing state budget on time

“School districts depend so much on the Legislature to complete their work on time so that we can complete our work.  Whether it’s hiring teachers to reduce class size, adding more sections of full-day kindergarten, or purchasing busses, until the Legislature approves a budget, we are unable to move forward with our planning and decision-making. ...
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April 16, 2015
Senate Republican Caucus

Majority Leader: ‘Troy Kelley has damaged public trust – time to resign’

  OLYMPIA… Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released this statement in reaction to the federal indictment of state Auditor Troy Kelley. “The damage has been done and it’s time for Troy Kelley to resign immediately. There is nothing he can do to restore public trust given his evasion and silence on these serious allegations. We...
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April 15, 2015
Senate Republican Caucus

Legislature enters final stretch of 2015 session

Majority Leader: ‘Senate holds the line on last minute projects adding $128 million’ OLYMPIA… Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released this statement as the Legislature passed an important deadline for passage of bills from opposite chambers, and entered the final phase of the 2015 session: “Today is Tax Day for thousands of Washington taxpayers. I...
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