Funding schools – and school safety – first I sponsored Senate Bill 5445, which is currently being considered by the House Capital Budget Committee. It would appropriate $10 million of capital funds to improve security at existing and future public schools based on the measures set forth in another bill, Senate Bill 5197. Two of the Majority Coalition... Read More...
More on my bills that survived cutoff Senate Bill 5054 – Habitat and recreation lands. This bill would require the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources and State Parks to ask the Legislature for permission to acquire new land. Currently awaiting approval by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Senate Bill 5056 –... Read More...
Honoring the Civil Air Patrol and Filipino-Americans This session, I’m again sponsoring two resolutions to honor the Civil Air Patrol and the history and heritage of Filipino-Americans in Washington. As you know, I’ve been a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol for years, serving as a lieutenant colonel with both the Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and... Read More...
Senate passes two bills to fund new safety measures for schools To better protect Washington schools, students and teachers, the Senate today unanimously passed two bills that would initiate implementation of school-safety measures. Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 5197, a measure that was introduced in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “At a time... Read More...
Honeyford bills on mosquitoes and minors pass Senate unanimously Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, said he appreciated the Senate’s unanimous passage of two of his bills today. Senate Bill 5002 proposes to update state law to allow local mosquito districts more flexibility in their operations while Senate Bill 5056 would make it easier for companies in Washington to hire minors.... Read More...
Honeyford joins Senate in honoring retired Sen. Bob Morton During floor action Wednesday, members of the Washington State Senate adopted Senate Resolution 8610, sponsored by 15th District Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside. The Senate resolved that all members and staff offer their best wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement and their deepest gratitude to retired 7th District Sen. Bob... Read More...
Honeyford named top Republican on Senate ag committee Sen. Jim Honeyford began the 2013 legislative session Monday by accepting the role of ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee. Under the new Majority Coalition committee structure, some committees are chaired by Democrats, some by Republicans and some are co-chaired. “The Majority Coalition Caucus... Read More...
Honeyford to chair capital budget committee under new Senate plan After years of one-party rule in Washington state government, Democrat and Republican senators announced today that they have formed a Majority Coalition Caucus to lead the Senate during the 2013 legislative session. Twenty-five state senators have committed themselves to the new majority group, including Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, who will... Read More...
Honeyford continues in Senate leadership, re-elected as deputy floor leader Washington’s Senate Republicans met privately Wednesday afternoon to elect their leadership team – an event that occurs in legislative election years – and chose Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, to continue serving as deputy floor leader. “Obviously I’m honored that my colleagues think highly of me,” Honeyford said of his re-election.... Read More...
Revenue forecast shows no growth The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council adopted the third revenue forecast of 2012 yesterday. It is essentially unchanged from the June quarterly forecast. The anticipated revenue collection for the remainder of the 2011-13 biennium is $30.47 billion, up $29 million (about 8%), and for the 2013-15 biennium the forecast... Read More...
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