Panel hears support for trio of Brown bills to encourage job growth

By Sharon Brown | Published: January 21, 2015
Measures would expedite permitting and help create new manufacturing and construction jobs  Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting and retaining employers in Washington and helping them create new jobs her top priority since coming to the Senate. Today, three of her bills aimed at encouraging economic...
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Pearson bill goes after illegal ‘skimming’ of personal information

By Kirk Pearson | Published: January 21, 2015
On Tuesday the Senate Law and Justice Committee held a public hearing on a measure sponsored by Sen. Kirk Pearson that would make it harder for identity thieves to use increasingly-sophisticated “skimming” technology to acquire access to victims’ personal financial information. “Identity theft is a horrible crime that can follow a victim for years,” said...
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Bailey reintroduces Silver Alert providing more public awareness for missing adults

By Barbara Bailey | Published: January 21, 2015
Sen. Barbara Bailey reintroduced legislation that creates another alert system in Washington State, called the Silver Alert. Similar to the Amber Alert, this legislation aims to address increasing instances of missing, often elderly adults with mental impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Up to 60 percent of persons with a dementia-related disease will wander...
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Washington Lawmaker Seeks To Ban E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

By Judy Warnick | Published: January 20, 2015
By Ruby de Luna This week a state senate committee will hear a proposal that would make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes and vapes to minors. Last fall Sen. Judy Warnick got a tip from a police officer from her district in Moses Lake. He noted that students were buying e-cigarettes easily. “They were modifying...
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In The News: Lawmakers push for wider scope in disaster mobilization

By Kirk Pearson | Published: January 20, 2015
OLYMPIA — Fire officials this week are rekindling their effort to make sure a law that lets them mobilize resources to fight wildfires also applies to major emergencies such as the Oso mudslide. Public hearings are planned in the House and Senate on bills that would revise the state wildfire mobilization law to make clear...
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In the News: Lawmakers look for solutions as negotiations at port cripple economy

By Sharon Brown | Published: January 16, 2015
Puget Sound Business Journal Two Washington state senators are making a plan that would stop negotiations from causing traffic at ports to slow the next time a labor contract needs renewal. Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick) and Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) want to provide recommendations soon. …Brown is chair of the legislature’s Trade and Economic Development...
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