E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, Last Tuesday, the first special session adjourned without agreement on a state operating budget and on Wednesday morning, the second special session began. Both the House Democrats and the governor are trying to create a false fear across the state about a possible state government shutdown... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, It is with great sadness that I share with you the death of Sen. Mike Carrell, R-28th District. He passed peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning after a brief but fervent battle with a preleukemic condition known as myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. He served the... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are wrapping up week one of the 2013 “special session.” Budget negotiations continue to take place, but there is no real news to report as of yet. I thought I would take this time to answer a few frequently asked questions. What exactly is a... Read More...
Washington residents to benefit from bills signed by governor today Sen. Barbara Bailey proudly looked on today as the governor signed four more of her bills. The measures’ policy areas range from military and veteran affairs and higher education to transportation and health care. A longtime advocate for veterans and military personnel, Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, had two military-focused bills reach... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, Today is the final day of this year’s 105-day “regular” session. While the Senate has finished its work, budget negotiations are still incomplete and despite the fact that we worked all weekend, a special session is inevitable at this point. It is disappointing that the Governor... Read More...
Bailey plan to give state employees new pension option clears Senate The Senate approved a measure Thursday that would give state employees a new option when choosing a state-funded retirement plan. Sen. Barbara Bailey, sponsor of the measure, said today’s workers expect choices and flexibility when making decisions about their future, not to mention that the nature of modern economies causes... Read More...
License-plate renewal requirement kicked to the curb in Senate Today the Senate unanimously approved a measure that would end the requirement to replace license plates every seven years. Sen. Barbara Bailey said the law is unnecessary and burdensome, and predicts 10th District residents will be happy about this potential change. “This law was upheld and encouraged in the past,... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors,  Today is day-96 of the 105-day “regular” session. Wednesday was the final day for the two houses of the Legislature to consider bills approved by the opposite house. Below is a chart, which shows that only about 17% of bills made it through the “funnel” known... Read More...
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