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    Creates a competitive prioritized funding process     Helps to upgrade existing infrastructure     Offers a long-term funding commitment A proposed water infrastructure program would evaluate and rank potential projects related to a variety of water issues. Senate Bill 5136 would create...
    More than 40,000 students in Washington experienced homelessness in 2016     Bill would make grant application process more accessible     Program has had direct impact on many once-homeless youth across the state For the past nine years, the population of students in Washington...
OLYMPIA ― Lawmakers are pushing for a bill to allow year-round observation of daylight saving time in the state of Washington, with the intention of the practice spreading throughout the country. House Bill 1196 was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 14 representatives and introduced by Rep....
    Efforts to give the public access to a domestic violence offender registry     Lawmakers push bill to hold domestic violence offenders accountable     Families and communities hope to control domestic violence OLYMPIA ― Two lawmakers have proposed a bill to create a state domestic...

I had a great discussion on election issues and costs last Saturday at Pybus Market with Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore (left) and Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall (right). Their expertise and feedback are helpful to me as a member of the Senate's State Government, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee.
January 29, 2019 Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature will consider and vote on many proposals during this 105-day session. Of those the most significant will be a new state operating budget, to take effect July 1. Adopting a new operating budget typically is the most important...
Yesterday (Thursday) Sen. Hawkins met with Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney in the Senate Chambers to discuss the City of Chelan’s 2019 legislative priorities.

Representative Keith Goehner and Senator Brad Hawkins discuss their first week of activities in the Senate chambers prior to the Washington State Supreme Court’s “State of the Judiciary” speech on January 16.
Healthcare professionals may gain protection from retaliation for reporting medical care violations even if they don’t work for the facility they’re reporting. Currently, confidentiality and retaliatory protections only extend to health care professionals that are employed by the health care...
    Vote by mail could become postage-free in Washington state     Free postage for ballots could change the future of voting in Washington state     Could increase voter participation A proposed law requested by Gov. Jay Inslee would provide prepaid postage for all election ballots in the...
    Specifies flat $30 for Car Tabs     Would limit additional fees  “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs,” an initiative that would limit annual motor-vehicle registration fees to $30 except for voter-approved charges, was sent to the Legislature for consideration by the Secretary of State. Initiative...

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