Public Safety

Baumgartner bill to avert future bridge collapses to be considered by committee In response to the May 23, 2013, collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge across the Skagit River, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced legislation intended to prevent similar instances in the future. Senate Bill 5944, being considered today by the Senate Transportation Committee, would forbid the state Department of Transportation from... Read More...
Baumgartner proposal would use marijuana money to pay for more cops Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, is touting his bill to use money collected from the sales tax of marijuana in Washington to fund additional law enforcement officers in cities and counties statewide as the most logical use of those funds. Senate Bill 6393, proposed today, is expected to be referred to... Read More...
Sen. Michael Baumgartner responds to EWU bomb threat After discovering a written bomb threat on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, the student who found the note turned it over to authorities immediately, according to campus officials. The threat prompted the evacuation of the communications building and the adjacent art complex. Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, whose... Read More...
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 proposes common-sense bill to avert future bridge collapses In response to the May 23 collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge across the Skagit River, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has introduced legislation intended to prevent similar instances in the future. Senate Bill 5944, proposed today, would forbid the state Department of Transportation from issuing an overheight or overwidth special... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 18, 2011 Sen. Baumgartner at the Northwood Middle School Town Hall meeting. Greetings Spokane, This is the 10th week of the 2011 legislative session; it’s also “Sunshine Week” for Washington state government, according to our state’s newspapers, as they seek to encourage transparency in government and the public’s right to know what... Read More...