March 04, 2022

Senate OK’s crackdown on catalytic converter theft, Wilson leads fight

Wilson, sponsor of original bill, plays key role in compromise OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate Friday approved a bill to crack down on catalytic converter theft, with tough provisions advocated by Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. House Bill 1815 passed the Senate 48-0 and now returns to the House for...
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March 03, 2022

Kreidler needs to resign, says Sen. Jeff Wilson

Reports of staff abuse are last straw, says ranking member of State Government committee OLYMPIA – Staff complaints of abusive behavior from Washington’s insurance commissioner are the latest in a series of incidents that warrant Mike Kreidler’s resignation, says Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. Staff reports allege the hot-tempered Kreidler frequently...
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February 28, 2022

As state’s COVID emergency enters third year, Senate Freedom Caucus calls for governor to relinquish power

Senators bristle as governor blames Republican opposition to never-ending emergency on Donald Trump OLYMPIA – Mask mandates are ending in Washington state March 12, but it’s no cause for celebration, say members of the Senate Freedom Caucus, because Washington’s COVID emergency continues, and the people remain shut out of the...
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February 24, 2022

Catalytic converter crackdown OK’d by Senate committee, advancing Wilson proposal

House bill is amended to keep tough Wilson proposal alive OLYMPIA – A bill cracking down on catalytic converter theft cleared the Senate Law and Justice Committee, as lawmakers amended a House bill to reflect the tough approach advocated by Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. House Bill 1815 was approved 9-0...
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February 15, 2022

Senate passes emergency powers bill that ‘does next to nothing,’ Wilson says

To see video of Sen. Wilson’s speech on Republican amendment, click here.  Weak Democratic reform proposal allows Legislature to duck responsibility, observes Longview senator OLYMPIA – A bill that passed the Senate Tuesday placing a mild check on the governor’s emergency authority is a sorry excuse for reform that offers...
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February 11, 2022

Wilson highway-safety bill passes Senate

Prompted by tragic deaths of tow-truck operators, stranded motorists on I-5 near Longview OLYMPIA – A highway-safety bill prompted by four deaths along the I-5 corridor in a matter of weeks last year near Longview passed the state Senate Friday, designed to reduce hazards faced by tow-truck operators, fire-department crews...
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February 09, 2022

Wilson bill removes red tape for museum firearms displays

Allows firearms ‘transfers’ to museums for display purposes, resolves problem with 2014 law OLYMPIA – A bill from Sen. Jeff Wilson that enables the transfer of firearms for museum displays was approved 49-0 in the state Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 5856 resolves one of the lingering problems with the state’s...
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February 07, 2022

Wilson bill to combat catalytic converter theft passes Senate Ways and Means Committee

Measure moves on to Rules Committee, Senate floor vote a possibility OLYMPIA – A bill to crack down on catalytic converter theft cleared a key legislative hurdle Monday as it passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Sponsor Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, said SB 5495 remains the best defense against the...
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February 04, 2022

Wilson catalytic converter theft bill passes Senate committee

Amendments in committee add felony penalties, provide $4 million for law enforcement OLYMPIA – A bill from Sen. Jeff Wilson to crack down on catalytic converter theft passed the Senate Law and Justice Committee Thursday with big changes designed to toughen the proposal. Senate Bill 5495 is a response to...
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