Public health victory – still work to be done I have been fighting a growing public-health problem: youth smoking. I co-sponsored legislation in the Senate to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21; the House version of that change was approved in the Senate and was signed by the governor. The new law will limit a... Read More...
Bailey garners major water infrastructure investments for 10th District The Skagit area has faced significant challenges accessing water, an issue that state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, has been working on for years. With bipartisan support, Bailey successfully delivered a significant investment for 10th District constituents unable to drill permit-exempt wells for domestic use after Department of Ecology rules... Read More...
Legislature adopts massive tax for long-term care Late in the night, the state Senate approved a massive payroll tax to create a new government-run program aimed at helping people pay for long-term care costs. The $.58 tax on every $100 earned would pay up to $36,000 in a maximum lifetime benefit and the costs to administer the... Read More...
Budget time Greetings from Olympia, There is just about a month left in the 2019 legislative session, and the majorities in the House and Senate are unveiling their tax and spending proposals as part of the state’s two-year operating and capital budgets. The House Democrats released their proposed operating budget, and even... Read More...
Telephone Town Halls Postponed March 26, 2019 Greetings from Olympia, I am writing to let you know that, unfortunately, the telephone town hall that was planned for this coming Wednesday, March 27, will be postponed. I hope to reconnect with you soon as we are expecting some developments on the state’s two-year operating budget.... Read More...
More taxes on the horizon March 13, 2019 Greetings from Olympia, Now that we’ve passed cutoff dates, which are the deadlines for bills to be voted out of committee, we are wrapping up a week and a half voting on measures that originated in the Senate and are still “alive.” Thousands of bills are introduced... Read More...
Senate adopts Bailey bill improving safety in adult family homes The state Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor that would improve safety for disabled residents of adult family homes. Senate Bill 5403, which passed unanimously, would require that nonambulatory residents of adult family homes be placed in settings that allow for evacuation without barriers such as... Read More...
Strong bipartisan support for Bailey car insurance legislation State Senator Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, has introduced legislation with strong bipartisan support that would help ensure compliance with the state’s car insurance laws. Senate Bill 5924 would require proof of auto insurance coverage to be shown at the time of vehicle registration or renewal. State law currently requires motorists to... Read More...
Podcast: Raising Tobacco Age to 21 and Welcome to Washington Baby Act Teenagers should not be able to buy cigarettes or other tobacco and vaping products anywhere in the nation. That’s the message from Senator Barbara Bailey of Oak Harbor. Before that… Congratulations! You just had a baby. What’s that knock on the door? It’s a state inspector to make sure your... Read More...
Property Tax Relief Jan. 29, 2019 Greetings from Olympia, Rising property values have made it increasingly difficult for homeowners with limited incomes to stay in their homes. With record revenues coming to the state for the past several budget cycles, I’ve worked hard to provide property tax relief. While those efforts were unsuccessful... Read More...