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Session Update: Do you want a job in politics? Greetings! The big news in state government was last week’s bridge collapse in Skagit County. Some in Olympia have been utilizing the incident to call for a new gas tax. In fact, the collapse had nothing to do with a lack of funding. It resulted from the Department of Transportation... Read More...
Baumgartner bill to help small businesses signed into law Today the governor signed Senate Bill 5500, a measure that will require state agencies to pay more attention to the interests of small businesses concerning the costs imposed by agency rules. This is the first piece of legislation introduced by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and his first to be signed... Read More...
Baumgartner-backed ‘voluntary settlement’ bill passes Senate The Senate today passed a workers’ compensation reform bill that would give workers the option to settle claims for a lump-sum payment. “The number of workers receiving lifetime payments has more than doubled in the past 16 years to one out of every twenty workers, making Washington’s industrial-insurance system one... Read More...
Governor to sign Baumgartner-backed bills on UI reform Today the governor is set to sign two measures aimed at providing unemployment-insurance tax relief for employers. The bills, which received nearly unanimous support in both houses of the Legislature, were hailed by lawmakers as a victory for employers, workers and those looking for work. “Unemployment insurance taxes went up... Read More...
Senate Republicans announce 2011-12 committee assignments The Senate Republican Caucus today announced its committee assignments for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions, including ranking (lead) Republicans on the state Senate committees. They will be: Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Ranking:  Sen. Jerome Delvin Other members:  Sens. Mark Schoesler, Jim Honeyford and Randi Becker Early Learning and... Read More...