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‘One Washington’ budget wins strong legislative support 2017-19 plan benefits students, vulnerable adults, children, taxpayers, employers OLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers Friday adopted a 2017-19 state operating budget that culminates years of work by the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus to fully fund public schools. The $43.7 billion compromise received strongly bipartisan votes of 39-10 in the Senate and... Read More...
Sheldon 5G proposal creates state broadband office, launches study OLYMPIA – State Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, is weighing into this year’s debate on 5G deployment with a bill that creates a new state Office on Broadband Access, launches a task force, and directs it to study issues that include pole-attachment charges levied by public and municipal utilities. Senate Bill... Read More...
Sheldon motorcycle ‘lane-sharing’ bill passes state Senate OLYMPIA – A bill that would let motorcyclists pass between cars in traffic jams won approval in the state Senate Tuesday, reflecting a three-year effort by Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety. Senate Bill 5378 passed the Senate 32-17 and moves on to the state... Read More...
Don’t breach dams, Senate says OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate Tuesday took a stand against proposals that would breach lower Snake River dams, calling them vital for power, irrigation, navigation and the state’s clean-energy future. In a memorial to Congress, the president, and the agencies responsible for managing the 14 federal dams on the Columbia... Read More...
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