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February 28, 2024

Braun on initiative hearings: Three down, three to go

OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, released the following comments after the conclusion of the hearings for three of the 2024 initiatives submitted by the people of Washington to the Legislature. The initiatives receiving hearings yesterday and today are I-2111, to ban an income tax; I-2081, to protect parents’ rights regarding K-12 public education; and...
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February 26, 2024

Senate budget funds measures to combat fentanyl addiction, overdoses

OLYMPIA – Republican proposals to tackle skyrocketing fentanyl usage and overdose deaths in Washington state are funded in the operating budget passed by the Washington Senate. The $71.6 billion budget bill contains funding for local law enforcement task forces, a public education campaign focused on opioids and tribal opioid prevention and recovery programs. The measures...
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February 25, 2024

Newsletter: Hearings planned for three initiatives — what about the others?

Watch: Debunking false claims about impact of initiatives 2109 and 2117 Dear Friends and Neighbors, I sent out an e-blast yesterday to alert you to the opportunity to sign in to testify in support of the three initiative below, all of which are receiving hearings next week. This is a huge win for Republicans. In...
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February 16, 2024

Newsletter: Fighting for public safety. And, how much will a ban on natural gas cost you?

Fighting for public safety while others fight for the rights of offenders   Watch my legislative video update   Dear Friends and Neighbors, We have reached the point during the legislative session when the Senate is back to meeting as committees, having hearings on bills that passed the House of Representatives, and vice versa. I’m...
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February 13, 2024

Senate passes Wilson, Braun bills to tackle opioid addiction, overdose deaths

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s fast-rising rate of opioid addiction and overdose deaths are targeted by a pair of bills that emerged from the state Senate this week, sponsored by Sens. John Braun, R-Centralia and Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver. Both measures passed the Senate 49-0 and now move to the House. The bills launch a coordinated statewide...
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February 13, 2024

Braun bill to reduce chronic absenteeism in schools passes Senate

OLYMPIA…A bill aiming to reduce chronic student absenteeism Washington’s K-12 public schools passed unanimously in the Washington State Senate Tuesday. Senate bill 5850 is sponsored by Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia. According to the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), students who miss even two days per month are more likely...
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