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...
Hard-fought Hirst compromise reached for rural Washington Capital budget approved; provides unprecedented support for education After nearly a year of negotiations, Sen. Judy Warnick, former chair of the Senate’s water-related committee and lead negotiator on the bill to fix the flawed Hirst court decision, believes the compromise deal reached this week by Senate and House negotiators will... Read More...
Senate capital budget would provide unprecedented support for education Water needs, mental-health services and natural resources are also big winners in Senate plan Today the Senate released a bipartisan, capital budget plan that would dedicate a record $1.1 billion toward school construction. Senate Bill 5086 appropriates $2.53 billion in bonds and $1.46 billion in cash for the 2017-19 biennium... Read More...
Honeyford presides over Senate during first full day of voting OLYMPIA… Sen. Jim Honeyford made his initial appearance Monday evening as presiding officer of the state Senate since his election earlier this year as Senate vice president pro tempore. “It was an honor to help conduct the people’s business from a new vantage point – the front of the Senate... Read More...