May 15, 2023

Wilson: Passing drug law is important, but special session is absurd

Overtime session demonstrates majority’s ‘attitude problem’ on public safety Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, released the following statement regarding the Legislature’s upcoming special session, set for Tuesday to finish the job on a bill restoring penalties for possession of hard drugs. Lawmakers were unable to reach agreement during their regular legislative...
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May 09, 2023

Wilson bill allowing firearms transfers to museums becomes state law

Longview senator’s measure enables loans, gifts or sales of firearms to museums for display purposes – eliminates a hitch in state law   Photo credit: “Guns at Lakhota Museum,” Rangilo Gujarati, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 A bill from Sen. Jeff Wilson enabling firearms transfers to museums was signed into...
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May 05, 2023

Wilson bill promoting wind-turbine blade recycling becomes law

Washington State University will study a growing environmental concern A bill from Sen. Jeff Wilson that holds green energy to green standards was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jay Inslee. Senate Bill 5287 turns the spotlight on wind turbines, and the environmental problem they leave behind. When a wind...
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May 03, 2023

Drug bill fizzle forces special session

Legislature’s big debate about public safety to continue when lawmakers return May 16 Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Wilson’s subscribers May 2, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Wilson’s e-newsletters, click here. So soon after we put Olympia in the rear-view mirror, the Washington Legislature is getting set...
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April 23, 2023

Lawmakers OK Aberdeen grade separation and public works across SW Washington

Final budgets approved by Washington lawmakers as they prepared to adjourn their 2023 legislative session include $72 million for a railway-grade separation project in Aberdeen, and $111 million for other public works across Southwest Washington’s 19th Legislative District. Members of the Legislature passed transportation and capital budgets Saturday, a day...
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April 17, 2023

Wilson wind-blade recycling bill goes to governor

OLYMPIA – A bill from Sen. Jeff Wilson that holds green energy to green standards cleared its last hurdle in the Legislature Monday. Senate Bill 5287 launches a study by Washington State University on the feasibility of recycling wind turbine blades once they have reached the end of their useful...
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April 13, 2023

Sen. Jeff Wilson calls for hearing: Time to replace Lewis and Clark Bridge?

Emergency closure raises concern about 94-year-old structure Lewis and Clark Bridge, Longview. Credit: Cacophony/ CC 3.0 Sen. Jeff Wilson is calling for a legislative hearing on the condition and future of the Lewis and Clark bridge at Longview following its emergency closure this week to repair a fractured floor beam....
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April 08, 2023

Wilson: Rifle ban scapegoats firearms, fails to address fundamental causes of violence

To see Sen. Wilson’s floor speech, click here.  Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, offered the following statement Saturday after passage in the Washington Senate of a bill banning rifles with magazines of ten rounds or more. House Bill 1240 passed the Senate 27-21, all Republicans voting no. The bill now returns...
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April 06, 2023

Wilson tow truck safety bill signed into law

New law allowing blue flashers is prompted by deaths of Longview-area tow operators Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, at Thursday’s bill-signing ceremony at the governor’s office, with members of the Towing and Recovery Association of Washington and their families.   OLYMPIA – A bill signed into law Thursday will send a...
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