March 04, 2023

E-News: Senate passes long-awaited ‘fix’ to drug-possession law

March 4, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, We spent all this week on the “floor” of the Senate chamber, working until very late last night on legislation that not only came through the policy and fiscal committees. It was a good week for the bills I’ve prime-sponsored: four made it...
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February 24, 2023

E-Newsletter: Halfway point of session is around the corner, and…

Feb. 24, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, I’m glad to be the Republican leader on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, but also glad this week is over. Please keep reading for why. A quick update on the police-pursuit issue from a week ago: it was good to see The...
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February 17, 2023

E-News: It’s deadline time… which bills have survived?

Feb. 17, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Today brought the first deadline or “cutoff” of the 2023 legislative session. We’ll hit six more deadlines during the 65 days remaining in the session, with the final one being the day we adjourn. That should be April 23. The cutoffs force policy...
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February 11, 2023

E-News: We don’t need forced voting or an ‘extremism’ commission

Feb. 11, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, You may not have heard the term “silver tsunami.” It refers to the growing number of people in our state and nation who are reaching the age where they need specialized care at home – so many people that the caregiving industry could...
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February 04, 2023

IN THE NEWS: How a WA bill could help caregiver shortage ahead of ‘silver tsunami’ (The Seattle Times)

How a WA bill could help caregiver shortage ahead of ‘silver tsunami’ Feb. 4, 2023 at 6:00 am By Paige Cornwell  Seattle Times staff reporter To become certified, prospective home care workers in Washington must be tested on what they’ve learned in their 75 required hours of training. But many...
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February 03, 2023

E-Newsletter: Fix flaws in police-pursuit law now, not next year

After Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown was murdered while on duty in July 2021, there was reason to connect his killing with what were then the new state restrictions on police pursuits. The people arrested for Sgt. Brown’s killing reportedly were suspects in a burglary the day before, but...
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January 27, 2023

E-Newsletter: Income-tax supporters want justices to make rush decision

Jan. 27, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Week three of our legislative session saw the first real votes by the full Senate. By “real” I mean policy legislation, not the housekeeping sort of measures that set the rules and the deadlines for committee and floor action on bills. I’m a...
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January 20, 2023

E-Newsletter: Another tax… when there’s a $6 BILLION budget surplus?

[[VIEW_THIS]]  Jan. 20, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Week two of the legislative session ended today. Our work so far is happening almost exclusively at the committee level, and mostly in the form of public hearings on bills. That’s where we hear public testimony, which is typically for or against...
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January 19, 2023

STATEMENT: Republican budget leader pans Democrats’ ‘wealth tax’ proposal

OLYMPIA… The budget leader for the state’s Senate Republicans isn’t buying the idea that Washington needs to slap another tax on residents who are financially successful. Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, offered these remarks about the so-called “wealth tax” proposed today by Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives: “On...
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January 13, 2023

E-Newsletter: Session begins, with critical issues to solve

Jan. 13, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, A couple of weeks ago I sent a postcard to households in the “new” 17th Legislative District, to introduce myself and explain how the boundaries of all 49 of Washington’s legislative districts had been changed through a voter-approved process meant to protect equal...
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