Baumgartner reappointed chair of Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee

Today, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, was reappointed as chair of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee. He will continue his leadership on one of the Legislature’s most prominent committees addressing economic growth in Washington.

The committee oversees business, jobs and labor legislation as well as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, marijuana and sports. The committee’s title this year was expanded to recognize the oversight of sports-related legislation.

“We’ve already dealt with many sports-related issues in the past, including fantasy football and amateur sports,” said Baumgartner. “Sports issues have been brought to us that have been overlooked by the legislature in the past, such as WIAA and stadium issues that this expansion of oversight will allow us to address.”

The committee decides on business and labor legislation, workplace rules, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and other matters vital to job creation in Washington.

Baumgartner highlighted the need to decrease regulation on small business and workers’ compensation reform.

“The best way to increase tax revenue and education funding for the state is by creating jobs and growing the economy,” said Baumgartner. “I’m look forward to using the chairmanship of this committee to build a strong and growing economy.”

Baumgartner is serving his second term as senator for the 6th Legislative District.