Capital budget clears legislature in early morning hours The negotiated version of the new two-year state capital budget was approved by the Legislature in the early morning hours on the final day of the 2019 legislative session. State Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, who serves as the ranking Republican for the capital budget, heralded the significant investments around the... Read More...
Legislature takes final steps toward permanent daylight saving time State Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, has been working for several years, with numerous states, to develop language to move to permanent daylight saving time. On Tuesday the Senate approved House Bill 1196, a watered-down version of Honeyford’s proposal that would make definitional changes to daylight saving time in Washington. “I’m... Read More...
Honeyford receives award for service to veterans and their families With veterans looking on Friday, Lourdes (Alfie) Alvarado-Ramos, director of Washington’s Department of Veteran Affairs, presented Sen. Jim Honeyford with the 2018 Outstanding Service to Veterans – Legislator of the Year Award for his service to Washington’s veterans and their families. “It is really an honor to receive this recognition,”... Read More...
Duo of Honeyford-sponsored bills signed by governor Sunnyside Sen. Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to support Washington’s agricultural community and improve access to water was endorsed by Gov. Jay Inslee today, during two bill-signing ceremonies in Olympia. The two measures, sponsored by Honeyford, each allow state agencies to better serve rural Washington. “I have always tried to look... Read More...
Honeyford produce-safety bill passes Senate By a vote of 47-0, the Senate passed a measure by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, that would permit the state Department of Agriculture to cooperate in the implementation of the federal Produce Safety Rule. Senate Bill 6319 would allow the agency to conduct compliance-verification activities, enforce regulatory compliance, and accept... Read More...
Senate unanimously approves Honeyford bill to spur economic growth by providing water infrastructure loans On Monday evening the Senate unanimously passed a measure by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, that would allow money earmarked for water-pollution control to be loaned to public industrial wastewater-treatment facilities. Honeyford called the measure a win for communities that have development projects languishing due to the inability to finance sufficient... Read More...
Trio of Honeyford-sponsored bills survive key legislative deadline Bills now before budget committees address issues ranging from school construction grants and water access to food safety and aviation revitalization Three measures sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, survived the Legislature’s Friday deadline for bills to advance from policy committees in the Senate. They join another three Honeyford bills... Read More...