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Number of judges on Skagit County District Court increases Today the Senate approved House Bill 1061, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey. The bill, which was approved unanimously, increases the number of district court judges in Skagit County from two to three. “I am glad that we have been able to meet the needs of Skagit County District Court with... Read More...
Treasurer’s tortured argument for high tuition a matter of politics The following post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. We keep hearing the strangest things about our tuition plan in the state Senate – our unprecedented, first-of-its-kind proposal to roll back college tuition at Washington colleges and universities. Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia,... Read More...
A bold plan to cut tuition, boost middle class families This post originally appeared in the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. In the Senate this year we are looking to undo an historic three-decade mistake on the part of the state Legislature – its decision to allow college and university tuition to skyrocket. We are... Read More...
My Bills Here is a list of bill I have sponsored that are still making their way through the process. You can click on the bill numbers to view more information on each piece of legislation.   SB 5020 Continuity of operations SSB 5028 Assisted living facilities ESSB 5133 Higher education costs... Read More...
Bailey waterway protection bill clears Senate Certain consumer soaps may be introducing harmful pollutants into our state’s waterways. Senate Bill 5609, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey cleared the Senate today. The measure would prohibit the manufacture or sale of products containing microbeads in Washington State. Plastic microbeads found in many soap products don’t dissolve or break... Read More...
Pearson, Bailey pass water relief measure out of Senate Today, the Senate moved to approve a measure introduced by Sens. Kirk Pearson and Barbara Bailey to help save landowners whose water access has been lost as a result of Department of Ecology rule changes. Pearson partnered with Bailey to pass the measure allowing permit-exempt well access for many landowners... Read More...
Sen. Bailey’s E-newsletter – March 6, 2015 March 6, 2015 Greetings Friends& Neighbors We are half-way through the 2015 legislative session. We have reached the next deadline designed to keep the Legislature on track for finishing on time: the fiscal-bill cutoff. This deadline was for bills in the Senate budget committee, Ways & Means and the Transportation... Read More...
Transportation Reforms Sales Tax reform (SB 5990) New transportation construction projects are exempt from sales tax. Sales tax collected on non-highway projects (i.e., transit) would return to the Motor Vehicle Account instead of the general fund. Labor Reform (SB 5993) Raises the threshold for apprenticeship from $2 million to $3 million to... Read More...
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