New restrictions lead Sheldon to vote no on well-water bill OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s solution to a rural-Washington water crisis misses the mark, state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, said Thursday. Though a measure passed by lawmakers Thursday allows well-drilling to resume in rural areas statewide, Sheldon said it imposes a patchwork quilt of new rules property owners will find difficult... Read More...
Sheldon broadband bill gets hearing Thursday OLYMPIA – A bill aimed at expanding access to broadband services in rural areas gets a public hearing in the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee Thursday. SB 5935, sponsored by state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, creates a new state Office on Broadband Access, launches a task force, and directs... Read More...
‘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...