Social Issues

Two weeks down, six to go The Legislature has now completed the first two weeks of the 2014 session and we’re well underway debating bill proposals and negotiating with our colleagues. Since this is a short (60-day) session, the timeframe to accomplish what we need to do is reduced and everything seems to be getting done... Read More...
Keeping Yakima Valley School open a priority for longtime area lawmaker To help protect the vulnerable residents who call the Yakima Valley School their home, Sen. Jim Honeyford has proposed a bill that would allow the residential care facility to begin admitting new patients again. Senate Bill 5962, considered by the Senate Health Care Committee today, would permit the facility to... Read More...
Senate majority releases budget proposal With the state facing a $1.1 billion budget deficit right now, Democrats in the Senate released their version of the supplemental operating budget for 2011-13 on Tuesday. Their proposal spends $30.8 billion overall, leaving $369 million in reserves ($104 million unrestricted and $265 million in the rainy day fund). Their 2012... Read More...
Gay marriage now legal in Washington On Monday, the governor signed Senate Bill 6239 which legalizes same-sex marriages in Washington. Hopefully the matter will now remain behind us and we can focus on the more important issues facing our state, such as reconciling a $1.4 billion budget gap before the 60-day legislative session comes to an... Read More...
Same-sex marriage vote disappointing I am disappointed that a majority of the Senate voted to abandon the traditional definition of marriage and concern about religious freedoms that are being threatened by the Senate’s passage tonight of Senate Bill 6239. This issue should be decided by the people of our state. I supported an amendment... Read More...