Senate passes Honeyford cannabis-shop protection bill Measure would address violent robberies at Washington’s cannabis retailers On Thursday, the Washington State Senate unanimously passed a measure that would protect the state’s more-than-1,000 cannabis retailers, which have been the targets of violent robberies and other crimes. Senate Bill 5927, sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, would add a year... Read More...
Senate unanimously approves Honeyford bill to help address fentanyl crisis According to the state Department of Health, opioid overdose deaths in Washington rose from 2013 through 2020, driven by heroin deaths, and more recently, fentanyl deaths. Deaths involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now more common than those involving heroin, with the highest death rates and largest increases being... Read More...
15th District priorities reflected in approved capital budget The negotiated version of the next two-year state capital budget was approved by the Legislature today. Lawmakers representing the 15th Legislative District applauded the budget, which includes $19.4 million in critical funding for water, school construction, community projects and other infrastructure needs in the district. “This is a strong budget... Read More...
Historic support for broadband in final capital budget Schools, behavioral-health services and housing affordability are also big winners in compromise budget; funds 11 hatchery projects Today the Legislature rolled out its final, agreed-to capital budget for 2021-23. The $6.3 billion bipartisan spending plan would invest a record $413 million toward the expansion of broadband, including $50 million in... Read More...
Murder hornets beware! Honeyford bill to extend the life of the Invasive Species Council clears House in unanimous vote If they had boots, murder hornets, apple maggots and African clawed frogs would be shaking in them at today’s news from the state Legislature. In a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved Sen.... Read More...
Senate capital budget would provide unprecedented support for broadband Schools, behavioral-health services and housing affordability are also big winners in Senate plan Today the Senate released a bipartisan capital budget plan that would dedicate an unprecedented $490 million toward expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas, along with $406 million toward behavioral-health services and $315 million for affordable housing... Read More...