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Senate unanimously sends five more Honeyford bills to the House of Representatives

Sen. Jim HoneyfordFive bills from 15th District Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, have been unanimously passed by the Senate in time to meet the March 13 deadline for most bills to be passed out of the body of origin. If signed into law, Honeyford’s bills would help keep energy costs low, itemize state debt-service costs, make employees easier to pay, protect Washington’s waterways from invasive species, and finally update the way irrigation districts finance new projects.

Senate Bill 5132 would clarify the way debt-service costs are reported. The state takes on debt in order to fund about half of the capital-budget projects, like elementary schools and prisons, and Honeyford’s bill would require the itemization of exactly what projects the incurred debt is paying for.

“Our current debt-service appropriation does not identify how much of the debt is being used on each project,” Honeyford said. “We cannot maintain a sustainable budget if we do not know how much debt has been financed for each project.” Continue reading

Honeyford-sponsored public health, land and water bills pass Senate

Senate Floor DebateOver the past several days in the Washington State Senate, Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, saw three of his bills approved and sent to the House of Representatives.

The first to pass on Friday was Senate Bill 5324, which would encourage municipalities to use state Department of Ecology design guidelines when constructing stormwater retention ponds in an effort to reduce the mosquito population. In addition, DOE would need to consult with the state Department of Health about strategies to prevent West Nile virus, and any retention pond found to contain West Nile virus would be the responsibility of the area’s mosquito-control district. Continue reading

First deadline of the 2013 session has passed

Jim HoneyfordGreetings, and thanks for reading my Olympia Report e-newsletter! The 2013 legislative session is well underway, and we’ve just passed our first cutoff deadline. Friday was the last day that policy committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate could consider bills from their body of origin. This week, only the Senate Ways and Means Committee and Senate Transportation Committee can continue to hold public hearings on bills until fiscal committee cutoff this Friday. After that, it’s two weeks of the full Senate debating and passing bills in the Senate Chamber.

I’m pleased to report that three of my bills have already been passed by the full Senate and are now being considered by House committees. Seven more of my bills have received do-pass recommendations by Senate committees and are now making their way to the Rules committee in preparation for full Senate debate. You can read more about my bills and other issues facing the Legislature this session by visiting my website, jimhoneyford.senaterepublicans.wa.gov. Continue reading

Senate passes two bills to fund new safety measures for schools

Senator Jim HoneyfordSenator Bruce DammeierTo 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 when someone is threatening our kids, seconds count,” Dammeier said. “Community members who testified at a public hearing for this bill talked about how banks are better protected than our schools. That needs to change.” Continue reading

Honeyford bills on mosquitoes and minors pass Senate unanimously

Senator Jim HoneyfordSen. 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.

Honeyford, who serves the 15th Legislative District, says SB 5002 would allow mosquito-control districts to enter adjacent lands in order to conduct inspections and abate breeding places. It would also authorize districts to cut or remove shrubbery or undergrowth as necessary to carry out abatement operations, subject to consultation with the landowner. Continue reading

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 Morton.

“Bob was one of my best friends here in the Senate,” Honeyford said. “I am proud to have been able to serve the people of Washington alongside him for so many years.”

Morton was elected to represent the 7th District in the state House of Representatives in 1991 and served until 1994. In 1995 he was elected to the Senate, where he served with distinction until his resignation in January. During his time in the Senate, Morton served as chairman of the Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee as well as chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, where he became affectionately known as its “Minister of Agriculture.” Continue reading

Governor signs my PUD power-generating bill into law

Gov. Christine Gregoire signed Senate Bill 6044 into law this afternoon, allowing investors to construct water-pump storage facilities along the Columbia River to generate electricity and help balance out the power generated by area wind farms. I’m pleased by the support his bill had throughout the process.

At no point during this legislative session did my bill encounter any resistance, which is always a good sign. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed it unanimously and the governor had no reason to veto any part of it.

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House resolution, breakfast held to honor Civil Air Patrol members

To celebrate the dedication and service of the men and women of the Civil Air Patrol, I coordinated an honorary breakfast today in Columbia Room of the legislative building in Olympia. After the meal, participants were invited to the gallery of the state House of Representatives to observe as the body adopted a resolution recognizing the Washington state wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

I’ve been a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol for three years, serving as a lieutenant colonel with both the Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and the Yakima Composite Squadron. The organization has helped to develop our state’s young people into future leaders who go on to succeed in whatever they set their minds toward. For me personally, this breakfast was just a way of saying “thank you” to these dedicated individuals and to the organization.

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