February 07, 2024

Senators denounce bill to raise property taxes – vote expected Thursday

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate is poised to approve a bill Thursday that would allow the annual growth in property taxes to triple, flouting the will of Washington voters who approved a cap on property taxes in 2001. Republican senators say they plan to raise stiff opposition when the bill...
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February 06, 2024

Wilson EV bill catches fire in Legislature

  OLYMPIA – Don’t get him wrong. Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, has nothing against electric vehicles. He drives his Chevy Bolt to the state Capitol every day when the Legislature is in session. But if he’s ever in an accident and the battery catches fire, or his car spontaneously combusts,...
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February 05, 2024

Senate votes to rename highway for slain State Patrol officer

Trooper Justin R. Schaffer. /Source: Washington State Patrol OLYMPIA – A bill renaming a segment of State Highway 6 for a State Patrol officer struck and killed by a fleeing robbery suspect near Chehalis has been approved by the state Senate. Senate Joint Memorial 8008 passed the Senate 48-0 last...
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February 01, 2024

Six-pack of initiatives is placed before Legislature

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Jeff Wilson’s subscribers Jan. 30, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Wilson’s updates from Olympia, click here. The big news in Olympia? It’s not what we’re doing, it’s what the people have already done. Six initiatives from the people have been certified by...
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January 31, 2024

Defeat of signature-gatherer bill demonstrates ‘attitude problem’ about initiatives, Wilson says

  OLYMPIA – A bill that would have put teeth in a state law preventing harassment of initiative signature-gatherers died Tuesday in the state Senate when Democratic leaders on the Senate State Government and Elections Committee refused to allow a vote. Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, the bill’s sponsor, calls it...
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January 29, 2024

As six initiatives advance to Legislature, senators call for lawmakers to act

OLYMPIA – As six initiatives advance to the Legislature during the current 2024 Legislative session, senators say they hope the Legislature will do its duty by taking a public vote – rather than taking no action and quietly sending them to the ballot in November. The lawmakers say a public...
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January 24, 2024

19th District lawmakers to host Virtual Town Hall meeting Wednesday, Jan. 31

  Sen. Jeff Wilson, Rep. Jim Walsh, and Rep. Joel McEntire are inviting residents of the 19th District to join them for a one-hour Virtual Town Hall meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 31, starting at 6 p.m. Those who wish to participate must register in advance for the meeting. The virtual town hall format allows the public to...
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January 10, 2024

2024 is ‘Year of the Initiative’ in Washington Legislature

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Jeff Wilson’s subscribers Jan. 10, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Wilson’s e-newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Our 2024 legislative session opened Monday – a short 60-day session with plenty to do. We can expect a continuation of last year’s debates...
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December 15, 2023

Wilson proposal would revitalize ‘Sunshine Committee,’ emphasize public records issues

Bill is part of plan to streamline disclosure, make transparency a priority OLYMPIA – Responding to complaints that the Washington Legislature doesn’t care about public records issues, Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, has introduced a bill that aims to revitalize the state’s ‘Sunshine Committee.’ Senate Bill 5779 is the first element...
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