Brown’s nuclear SMR, hydropower bills passed by Senate

By Sharon Brown | Published on March 07, 2017
Today the Senate advanced two measures sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of carbon-free power and emerging energy technologies – including incremental hydropower, nuclear power and small modular reactors. “We all support clean energy, but the key is doing so in a way that works for employers, energy consumers... Read More

Brown measures on emerging technologies clear Senate energy committee

By Sharon Brown | Published on 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,... Read More

VIDEO: Charter Local Edition NW w/Sen. Sharon Brown

By Sharon Brown | Published on August 02, 2016
Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick) discusses nuclear power, small modular reactors and economic development with Charter Local Edition’s Dana Cowley. Read More

Bailey water-storage and family-caregiver planning bills become law

By Barbara Bailey - Majority Whip | Published on April 04, 2016
After the conclusion of a 20-day special session, two bills sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, R- Oak Harbor, were signed in a formal ceremony Friday morning. Senate Bill 6589, which was approved near-unanimously, directs state agencies in charge of water management to study the feasibility of water storage to recharge the Skagit River basin so that users... Read More

A session that rewrote history, not always accurately

By Jan Angel | Published on July 22, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. I was reading the other day that this year’s Legislature raised taxes by $480 million. This was news to me and I think to just about everyone on my side of the aisle, mainly because it isn’t true. That... Read More

Padden’s felony-DUI bill moves to House for third time this year

By Mike Padden | Published on June 24, 2015
For the third time since lawmakers convened at the state Capitol in January, the Washington state Senate has unanimously passed Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to make a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years a felony. “We have only a few more days to act before the end of the current legislative session, and it is... Read More

Angel: “No more excuses” for House failure to pass budget

By Jan Angel | Published on May 29, 2015
With one 30-day special session completed, Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, is still waiting for the House of Representatives majority leadership to get the votes they need for their budget. House budget leaders assumed $1.5 billion of tax increases in their spending plan but lacked the votes to pass the tax proposals either out of... Read More

Time to get over the tax-increase obsession

By Jan Angel | Published on May 27, 2015
This post originally appeared in the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. As time runs out on our overtime session in Olympia, I think it’s a good moment to ask an important question. What on earth is keeping us here? Last week should have settled things. State economists told us we... Read More

Pearson joins domestic-violence survivor to toughen law

By Kirk Pearson | Published on May 21, 2015
OLYMPIA… Six years ago police went to Barbara Holland’s home and arrested the man who had tortured and threatened to kill her. She would learn that due to a change in state law approved just days after the assault, her attacker – a first-time domestic-violence felony offender – would not be supervised after being released... Read More

Will this governor cause a government shutdown?

By Jan Angel | Published on April 14, 2015
This post originally appeared in the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Jay Inslee dropped a bomb Thursday. Pass a tax increase, the governor told us, or he won’t sign the budget. No one is sure if he is threatening to veto the budget. Maybe he’s saying he will allow the budget... Read More

VIDEO: Senate honors those with Down syndrome

By Mike Padden | Published on April 10, 2015
Watch a video featuring comments from Sen. Padden and some of the Down syndrome self-advocates who attended today’s reading of Senate Resolution 8657, honoring those with Down syndrome and recognizing those individuals and organizations who advocate on their behalf. Read More

House technology committee schedules hearings for Brown nuclear power-related bills

By Sharon Brown | Published on March 20, 2015
On Thursday the House Technology and Economic Development committee announced that on March 25, it will hear public testimony on four energy bills sponsored by state Sen. Sharon Brown, including three measures dealing with nuclear-energy education and economic development. “We worked extremely hard in the Senate to produce bipartisan bills and included several amendments by... Read More

Ericksen releases Senate plan to promote new energy and reduce carbon emissions

By Doug Ericksen | Published on February 04, 2015
OLYMPIA… State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, outlined a comprehensive energy plan Feb. 4 that will be advanced through policy committees in the Washington Senate this year – a bold vision of new-energy promotion and innovation unleashed, aimed at creating and retaining jobs in Washington state while reducing carbon emissions. And one key point: No taxation... Read More

Sen. Baumgartner targets cargo crunch at ports

By Michael Baumgartner | Published on January 28, 2015
OLYMPIA…  A memorial introduced Wednesday by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, seeks federal assistance in resolving a long-running labor dispute that appears to have slowed traffic at Pacific-coast ports and snarled international trade for Washington importers and exporters. Senate Joint Memorial 8009 asks the feds to help longshoremen and shippers reach agreement on a master... Read More

Bailey and Pearson introduce bills addressing local water-access issues

By Barbara Bailey - Majority Whip | Published on January 27, 2015
Two north Puget Sound lawmakers have introduced a package of bills aimed at improving public access to water. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, and Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, introduced the legislation to address restrictive interpretations of instream-flow laws.  Restrictions on water flow have led to many people, especially those in the Skagit River Basin, being... Read More

Good news about employment not shared statewide, Baumgartner says

By Michael Baumgartner | Published on January 22, 2015
Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement Jan. 22 by the state Employment Security Department that Washington employment has exceeded its pre-recession peak by nearly 100,000 jobs. “It’s great to hear that we have finally caught up to where we were before the... Read More

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

By Sharon Brown | Published on 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... Read More

Pearson bill goes after illegal ‘skimming’ of personal information

By Kirk Pearson | Published on 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... Read More

In The News: Lawmakers push for wider scope in disaster mobilization

By Kirk Pearson | Published on 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... Read More

In the News: Lawmakers look for solutions as negotiations at port cripple economy

By Sharon Brown | Published on 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... Read More

Senate work session examines economic impact of slowdown at ports

By Sharon Brown | Published on January 14, 2015
A joint work session held this morning by the Senate Trade and Economic Development and Commerce and Labor committees took a detailed look at the reduction of trade volume at 28 West Coast ports that is crippling Washington’s agricultural community and other trade-dependent businesses. “Washington ports have been losing market share, and it is critical... Read More

Energy independence done safe and done right is focus for Senate energy panel, Ericksen says

By Doug Ericksen | Published on January 06, 2015
Energy independence done safe and done right will be the central theme for the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee this year, says Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale. “Low-cost energy is one of the best things this state has going for it,” said Ericksen, who is beginning his third year as the panel’s chair. “We need... Read More

Sen. Hill’s response to governor’s proposed tax increase

By Andy Hill | Published on December 18, 2014
Sen. Andy Hill issued the following statement in response to the release of the governor’s 2015 budget proposal. “The governor’s contribution to the upcoming budget process features a massive tax increase on residents and small businesses. Investing in student achievement and providing essential services should not depend on risky tax schemes that threaten our economy. Educating... Read More

Braun holds first Latino legislative forum in 20th District

By John Braun | Published on December 17, 2014
More than 50 members of the 20th Legislative District’s Latino community joined Sen. John Braun on Sunday afternoon in Chehalis for a discussion about priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 12. “I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout,” said Braun, R-Centralia, who had invited members of the area’s faith community and leaders... Read More

Braun elected deputy leader of Senate majority

By John Braun | Published on December 08, 2014
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus has elected Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, as Senate Majority Deputy Leader for the two-year legislative term that begins in 2015.  Braun was already a member of the MCC leadership team and is chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee. “We will have a tough job this coming legislative... Read More

Schoesler elected to lead Senate coalition as Majority Leader

By Mark Schoesler | Published on December 04, 2014
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus today elected Sen. Mark Schoesler as Senate Majority Leader for a two-year legislative term. “I’m grateful to my Senate colleagues for their vote of confidence and am eager to continue working on solutions for the people of Washington,” said Schoesler, R-Ritzville, “It’s time to govern and roll up our sleeves... Read More

Angel Elected to Leadership Role in Senate

By Jan Angel | Published on December 02, 2014
OLYMPIA… The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced the election of Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, as Caucus Vice Chair after her first year in the Senate. Members of the Majority Coalition Caucus voted Angel into the leadership role as a key link between committee chairs and Senate leadership. “I’m excited to get to work building... Read More

IN THE NEWS: Public needs voice in carbon debate

By Ann Rivers | Published on August 04, 2014
Local View: Public needs voice in carbon debate By Sen. Ann Rivers  |  Published: August 3, 2014, 6:00 AM There’s enough chatter at the Capitol about a pair of climate-change policies — familiar but complex proposals known as “cap-and-trade” and “low-carbon fuel standards” — that it’s time to ask: What do these confusing and complicated... Read More

NEWS: State not producing enough graduates in high-tech fields

By Andy Hill | Published on June 10, 2014
State not producing enough graduates in high-tech fields Click here to visit KING 5’s web site to see the full story. Read More

DSHS mishandling of benefit programs takes money from those who really need it

By Andy Hill | Published on May 22, 2014
Earlier this week Senator Hill caught up with KING 5 investigative reporter Chris Ingalls to discuss a new preliminary audit on DSHS’ handling of food benefits. The report showed that in 2013, roughly $35 million in benefits paid by DSHS were improperly distributed. See the full story below.     Also, watch below to hear... Read More

Honeyford is first to receive new CWU alumni award

By Jim Honeyford | Published on May 15, 2014
In a ceremony May 1, Sen. Jim Honeyford received the first-ever College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year award for Social Sciences from Central Washington University. The award recognizes Honeyford’s ongoing passion and interest in CWU as well as his work as chair of the Senate capital budget to fund Science Phase II, a... Read More

Hill’s budget stopped tuition hikes; earlier increases second highest in country since 2008

By Andy Hill | Published on May 13, 2014
Washington’s public college and university students faced the second highest tuition increase in the country since the 2008 economic recession according to a new study. After becoming the Senate’s chief budget writer in 2013, Sen. Andy Hill stopped that trend by sponsoring and earning approval for budgets that froze tuition rates for two consecutive years,... Read More

WA tuition increases second highest in nation before Senate froze rates

By Joe Fain | Published on May 06, 2014
Sen. Joe Fain with students and faculty from Highline Community College. A new study released May 1 showed that students at Washington’s public colleges and universities faced the second highest tuition increase in the country following the economic recession in 2008. Despite the substantial cost shift to students and families, Sen. Joe Fain believes the... Read More

Foster youth support enhanced through proven program

By Joe Fain | Published on May 01, 2014
When foster youth turn 19 years old they often face a difficult transition into adulthood, which the state Legislature has tried to address in recent years through extended services. Sen. Joe Fain has worked to pass legislation since 2012 – most recently during the 2014 session – to extend foster care benefits to 19 to... Read More

Addressing our community’s priorities for government

By Andy Hill | Published on April 29, 2014
The Legislature adjourned in mid-March and I’m pleased that we were able to take meaningful steps in support of Washington students, our most vulnerable citizens and veterans and their families. During the 2014 session, I sponsored successful legislation that: provides services to an additional 5,000 people with developmental disabilities without costing the state money; supports... Read More