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State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane.

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane.

I’m Michael Baumgartner, and it is with great pride that I serve Spokane’s 6th Legislative District. I think you’ll agree with me that Spokane and Eastern Washington is a special place. We in the state Legislature need to find ways to make it grow and thrive.

On this website you’ll learn about some of the things I’ve been working on in the state Senate. Things that are vital to our interests in Spokane, like the Washington State University branch campus, the proposed WSU medical school, the North-South freeway, and legislation that will unleash the forces of job creation statewide.

I firmly believe we need to make state government smarter and more efficient. We must ensure it provides Eastern Washington its fair share of resources. We must resist proposals that would make it more difficult for businesses to succeed, or make it harder for our families to make ends meet. And perhaps most of all, we need to bring our way of thinking to the rest of the state. In Eastern Washington we are optimistic and hard-working and we believe in our own abilities. We know we can do better.

141223 I-90SunsetHillSpokane 1600 widthMy career in international business and the State Department has taken me all over the world, but there is no place I would rather call home than Spokane and the Inland Northwest. I hope you will join with me as we build a better Washington.

Mike

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Baumgartner, Ericksen to seek reinstatement of two-thirds-for-taxes rule in Senate Baumgartner, Ericksen to seek reinstatement of two-thirds-for-taxes rule in Senate
—  Will require two-thirds approval of Senate to advance tax bills to final passage —  Different mechanism but same effect as popular taxpayer protection measure   — Will challenge any adverse ruling from lieutenant governor OLYMPIA – Sens. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, will seek reinstatement of a two-thirds-for-taxes...
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Senior citizens invited to Baumgartner town hall Senior citizens invited to Baumgartner town hall
On Wednesday Sept. 28, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, is inviting local senior citizens to share their ideas and concerns in a town hall meeting. Baumgartner is the state senator for the 6th Legislative District and serves as the chair of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. The town hall will...
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Baumgartner sets May 12 meeting to talk ‘zoning’ of marijuana stores Baumgartner sets May 12 meeting to talk ‘zoning’ of marijuana stores
Citing increased community concerns about where recreational marijuana is being retailed, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has scheduled a Senate Commerce and Labor Committee work session on the subject. The meeting will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12 in the Spokane City Council Chamber. The Senate Commerce...
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Supplemental budget takes action on Spokane property crime Supplemental budget takes action on Spokane property crime
Today, the Legislature passed a supplemental budget update that takes action on property crime in Spokane. The bipartisan budget agreement includes $300,000 to target the property crime crisis in the Spokane area. “It’s time to get serious about property crime,” said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. “This budget update acts quickly...
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Baumgartner introduces legislation to allow pot shop ban in high-alcohol zones Baumgartner introduces legislation to allow pot shop ban in high-alcohol zones
As Washington navigates the implementation of a legal market for recreational marijuana, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has plans to close a loophole so marijuana shops can be held to the same limitations as alcohol sales. His legislation would allow municipalities to ban marijuana sales where alcohol has already been banned...
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Baumgartner blasts House Democrats for ‘politics over policy’ on pregnancy bill Baumgartner blasts House Democrats for ‘politics over policy’ on pregnancy bill
After the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 6149 to give accommodations to pregnant workers, House Democrats turned a negotiated compromise bill into a political football. In a partisan vote, the House passed a heavily amended version of the bill back to the Senate this week. “I’m extremely disappointed the House...
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