Cutoff highlights refusal to address emergency powers — one of many majority Democrat failures, say top Senate Republicans OLYMPIA…Senate Republican leaders released the following remarks after Sunday’s legislative deadline for bills that passed in their house origin to be considered by the opposite chamber. Bills that did not pass in both chambers by Sunday’s cutoff are considered ‘dead’ except for those considered necessary to implement the budget, such... Read More...
Rivers opposes tax-heavy, big-spending Senate budget OLYMPIA… On a mostly partisan 27-22 vote, the state Senate today approved a $59.5 billion operating-budget proposal for 2021-23. Sen. Ann Rivers voted no, citing the sheer size of the spending plan and its reliance on imposing two controversial new taxes and draining the state’s rainy-day fund. “Today we offered... Read More...
18th District lawmakers to hold telephone town-hall meeting March 22 OLYMPIA… Residents of the 18th Legislative District are invited to join their state lawmakers for a “telephone town hall” meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 22. The telephone-based format, which is similar to a conference call, will allow Sen. Ann Rivers, Rep. Brandon Vick and Rep. Larry Hoff... Read More...
Senate Republican leaders: Inslee’s school-choice approach to reopening K-12 instruction solid step toward improving youth mental health   OLYMPIA… Leaders in the Senate Republican Caucus released the following remarks in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement today that all K-12 public schools in Washington will be required by executive order to provide safe in-person and remote learning options for students by mid-April. Senate Republican Leader John Braun,... Read More...
Senate Republicans encouraged Washington moving ahead in reopening Governor’s plan for Phase 3 echoes Republican’s “Open Safe, Open Now”   OLYMPIA…Top leadership of the Washington State Senate Republican Caucus offered these remarks after the governor announced today that Washington is moving forward in his phased approach to reopening the state in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Be Counted in the U.S. Census! Hello, This is a quick note to let you know this will be my final e-newsletter until after the November general election is certified. That’s because legislators who are up for re-election — which includes me — are subject to certain limits on official communications, and those limits are now... Read More...
House approves updates to laws against animal cruelty OLYMPIA… The state House of Representatives today joined the Senate in approving updates to state animal-welfare laws, including changes involving the crime of cruelty to animals and where people may take abandoned animals. “I’m a dog lover, as are many of my colleagues, so it wasn’t a surprise that we... Read More...
Rivers’ ‘more salmon for all’ bill set for Thursday public hearing Adapting Alaska’s innovative hatchery approach could help feed orca sooner Legislation that could lead to a dramatic increase in the number of salmon in Washington waters and boost the food supply for Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas will come before the Senate’s natural-resources committee at 1:30 Thursday afternoon. The bipartisan... Read More...
18th District lawmakers set Jan. 4 town halls ahead of 2020 session Residents of the 18th Legislative District are invited to town-hall meetings Saturday, Jan. 4, shortly before their legislative team heads to the state Capitol for a 60-day lawmaking session. The meetings continue a tradition for Sen. Ann Rivers, Rep. Brandon Vick and Rep. Larry Hoff of engaging with their constituents... Read More...