Legislature

E-Newsletter: It’s over! Hello Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature’s 105-day session ended last evening, shortly after the passage of a new state operating budget that is – unfortunately – much more partisan than it needed to be. The budget wasn’t the only disappointing news to come out of our final week (and weekend)... Read More...
Democrats stay with high-tax budget that will hit low-income, marginalized communities harder OLYMPIA… The final 2021-23 operating-budget agreement made public this afternoon by the Legislature’s majority Democrats is still a step backwards for Washington’s low-income families and marginalized communities, say budget leaders in the Senate Republican Caucus. Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, and Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, also are critical of how legislators... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Big (and mostly bad) bills still moving Hello Friends and Neighbors, The final day of our 105-day session is a week from this Sunday. I mentioned in my previous report how there’s no excuse for going past that deadline when one party controls both houses of the Legislature… but sure enough, the chatter about an overtime session... Read More...
Wilson seeks legislative approval on emergency orders Sen. Lynda Wilson, offered this statement on legislation she pre-filed requiring all gubernatorial emergency orders to be approved by the legislature after thirty days. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the health and well-being of men, women and children across our state over the past ten months, constituents from every... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Is the Tiffany Hill Act in trouble? February 28, 2020 Hello Friends and Neighbors, The Tiffany Hill Act received a very warm reception at its first stop in the House of Representatives, but there is now concern that the bill may hit a roadblock. Please read on for the details and how you can help. This legislative... Read More...
Wilson wins Senate approval for enhanced ‘business bill of rights’ OLYMPIA… For the second time in four years the state Senate has backed Sen. Lynda Wilson’s effort to help Washington employers keep clear of regulatory issues by improving how they interface with state-government agencies. Senate Bill 6408, approved today, is a sequel to Wilson’s 2017 legislation that created a “bill... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: An uprising at the Capitol Hello, Friends and Neighbors! Today is Day 26 at the Capitol, meaning we are one-fourth of the way through our 105-day session. We’re also two weeks from the first deadline of the session, which is the “cutoff” for Senate policy committees to take action on Senate bills. It’s been a... Read More...
Wilson disappointed by partisan decline of 2018 legislative session OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson says the just-concluded legislative session got off to a promising start but ultimately went downhill in a partisan direction, complete with blatant sidestepping of the state constitution on high-profile budget and public-safety legislation. “We agreed on a fix to the Hirst situation pretty quickly, and I... Read More...
Area legislators welcome WSDOT inventory of bridge intel Efforts to replace the outmoded I-5 bridge spanning the Columbia River took a key step forward last week when the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) released a comprehensive inventory of bridge data. WSDOT was directed to conduct an inventory of existing data from previous efforts to replace the bridge as... Read More...