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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...
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 — Spring 2012 Greetings Spokane, I’m sorry to inform you that this will be my last E-update until November due to election year restrictions. However, In this final E-update you will get to read my legislative wrap-up newsletter and learn about two upcoming events on May 10 & June 14. We’ve got work... Read More...
Sen. Baumgartner’s Spring 2012 Newsletter Summer will soon be upon us and that means we’ll all be preparing to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of our wonderful inland northwest. I wanted to take the time to give you a little insight into what I’ve been working on in the Legislature this year and provide an update... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 27, 2012 Greetings Spokane, One of my main goals here in the Senate is to reform state government – to make it more effective, more efficient, less costly and more service-oriented. Taxpayers work hard for every dollar they have, and they deserve to have those tax dollars used in the most efficient... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 9, 2012 Greetings Spokane, The 2012 regular session of the Legislature ended last night without an agreement on the state budget. After losing more than a month to a focus on contentious social issues, lawmakers finally turned their full attention to the budget these past two weeks. However, the Legislature was unable... Read More...
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