Becker seeks to address ‘unconscionable’ agency actions with stricter oversight

By Randi Becker | Published: February 15, 2017
Sen. Randi Becker says the effectiveness of court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling for those convicted of driving under the influence has been compromised by the mismanagement of complaints and the settlement process for license violations by those trusted to hold counseling providers accountable.   Becker, R-Eatonville, has responded with Senate Bill 5705, which would require...
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Brown measures on emerging technologies clear Senate energy committee

By Sharon Brown | Published: February 09, 2017
Four bills would recognize clean-power advantages of nuclear energy, make geothermal exploration and SMR manufacturing easier in Washington Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee advanced a package of bills aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of emerging energy technologies – including geothermal exploration, nuclear power and small modular reactors. Sen. Sharon Brown,...
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Warnick plans Tuesday hearing on collaborative approach to Washington rural development

By Judy Warnick | Published: January 20, 2017
The chair of the Senate’s water-policy committee has responded to an anti-rural ruling from the state Supreme Court by filing legislation concerning the availability of water for new household wells. Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, has scheduled Senate Bill 5239 for a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. before the Senate Agriculture, Water,...
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Senate Majority Coalition Caucus elects 2017 senior leadership

By Majority Coalition Caucus | Published: November 15, 2016
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus today elected senior leaders for the caucus and the Washington state Senate. The MCC filled its top leadership spots with senior senators. Leadership positions carry a 2-year term and new leaders begin their duties immediately. “We’re anxious to start the 2017 legislative session. We have some big issues to tackle,...
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Rivers’ corrections-partnership bill a ‘game changer’ for law enforcement

By Ann Rivers | Published: April 19, 2016
It was 2011, and Clark County detective Jason Granneman was fed up. As a law-enforcement officer he came into daily contact with individuals who were serving the remainder of their sentences in the community, instead of behind bars, sometimes for months or even years. Officially they are in “community corrections” status; however, because they are...
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Schoesler: Governor’s highway changes nowhere near enough

By Majority Coalition Caucus | Published: February 17, 2016
Senate leader says proposed changes to I-405 are ‘a small fix for a huge problem’ OLYMPIA…Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee regarding changes to traffic management on Interstate 405. The unpopular imposition of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on I-405 was one of...
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