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Senate approves Braun bill to rein in authority of state agencies Today the state Senate approved legislation introduced by Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia to limit the power of state agencies by changing the way they make rules. Senate Bill 6396 would require proposed rules to be submitted to the state attorney general’s office for an opinion on their constitutionality. In addition,... Read More...
Senate approves Braun bill to bring timber money back to schools The state Senate today approved Sen. John Braun’s legislation that would make permanent a state policy that returns money from federal timber sales to local schools. Senate Bill 6292 would eliminate the reduction of state school funding to districts based on what they receive in federal forest revenues. The measure... Read More...
District survey results Late last year I conduced a survey of our legislative district to receive input on issues that the Legislature would possibly be considering this session. Please take a look at how our neighbors responded to the survey. Read More...
Braun legislation would make collective bargaining more transparent Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia reintroduced legislation, Senate Bill 5329 that would require public employees’ union negotiations to be open to the public. Currently these negotiations are exempt from Washington’s progressive open meetings requirement.   “I believe that this is an important policy for our state because the current process is... Read More...
20th District legislators to host telephone town hall Sen. John Braun, and Rep. Ed Orcutt, invite residents of the 20th District to join them for a live telephone town hall Thursday, January 14. The live, hour-long event begins at 6:00 p.m. The community conversation is much like an interactive radio program, during which listeners may ask questions or just... Read More...
Sen. Braun’s E-newsletter – May 13, 2015 May 13, 2015 Budget Update: Day 15 of the Special Session We are now half-way through the 2015 special session. The Legislature was convened by the governor for 30 days to finish work on the operating budget that should have been completed in the 105-day regular session. During that time... Read More...
Sen. Braun’s E-newsletter – April 20, 2015 April 20, 2015 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent telephone town-hall meeting. We had record participation this year of over 1,900, and we discussed a wide range of issues. Your input is invaluable as I work to represent you here in Olympia. The... Read More...
Senate budget moves state forward with no new taxes The Senate Majority Coalition’s budget proposal makes education the top priority and delivers tax relief and college affordability to families across Washington without raising taxes. Senate budget leaders released their 2015-17 state operating budget proposal today committed to capturing savings and keeping the state’s economy moving with more investments in... Read More...
Home care union contract poses big issues This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Fifteen years ago, home care workers and others like them were the last great frontier for public-employee-union organizing efforts nationwide. They didn’t look like state employees, they didn’t work like state employees, but they collected... Read More...