Regulatory Burden

Bill to help small businesses heads to governor’s desk The state House of Representatives today approved a measure that would require agencies to consider regulatory-cost mitigation recommendations from small businesses or small-business advocates and post required Small Business Economic Impact Statements on agency websites. Senate Bill 5500, sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, passed the House by a vote... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — February 10, 2012 Greetings Spokane, We are now well into the second half of this year’s regular legislative session.  I wish I had more progress to report, and could say we are nearing the final passage of a balanced, sustainable and priority-based budget. However, the pace of progress here in Olympia is determined... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — January 26, 2012 Greetings Spokane, Massive winter storms and snowfall brought much of Olympia to a standstill last week, but I wasn’t surprised at all to see so many folks from Spokane plow right through and come to the Capitol to make their voices heard on important issues.  Thanks to the many that... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — August 25, 2011 Greetings Spokane,   I hope that you’re having a great summer! As you may have heard, the highlight of the summer for me and my wife was the birth of our first child Conrad. I want you to know that Ele and I really appreciated all of the well wishes,... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — May 6, 2011 Americans mark justice for victims of 9-11 terrorist attack Greetings Spokane, As many of you know, the Legislature is now in a “special session” because of an inability to finalize the budget in the normal 105 day session.  This is extremely disappointing to me not just because of the cost... 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...
Smarter Government Report — April 15, 2011 Greetings Spokane, The most important activity in Olympia this week has been the ongoing budget proposals and negotiations, but the loudest has certainly been the massive demonstrations and protests by union groups about the budget. Nearly 5,000 people came to the Capitol to demonstrate.  Although I might have some policy... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 11, 2011 Senator Baumgartner at work on the Senate floor. Greetings Spokane, Monday, March 7 was the deadline for Senate bills to be voted on by the full Senate. During the next two weeks, bills that passed the Senate will be heard by committees in the House of Representatives, and our Senate... Read More...
First Baumgartner bill passed by Senate would help small businesses The Washington State Senate today unanimously approved a measure that would require state agencies to pay more attention to the interests of small businesses concerning the costs imposed by agency rules. Senate Bill 5500 is the first piece of legislation introduced by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. “Small business is the... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — Feb. 18, 2011 Hello again Spokane, I’d like to begin this Session Update by asking you a question: How many of you back in 1985 ever thought to yourself, “What Washington really needs in the next 25 years is 11,000 new laws?” My guess: Not too many. One of my first impressions, being... Read More...
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