April 05, 2023

Senate Freedom Caucus ready for last stand in attack on Second Amendment rights

Senators remember Alamo, face overwhelming odds, prepare to defend U.S. Constitution OLYMPIA – As the Washington Senate readies for debate on Democrat-sponsored bills imposing severe new restrictions on gun ownership statewide, members of the Senate Freedom Caucus vow a last-ditch defense of Second Amendment rights. “Right now in the Washington...
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March 30, 2023

Wilson tow-truck safety bill advances to governor’s desk

House passes bill prompted by tragic deaths of Longview-area tow-truck operators OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeff Wilson’s two-year effort to reduce hazards at roadside accident scenes has landed on the governor’s desk, following unanimous votes in the House and Senate. Senate Bill 5023, sponsored by Wilson, R-Longview, would allow tow-truck operators...
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March 29, 2023

A shocking ruling from the state Supreme Court

People lose, government wins in income tax decision Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Wilson’s subscribers March 29, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Wilson’s e-newsletters, click here.   Dear friends and neighbors, In this e-newsletter, I’m going to tell you about the most shocking development in Washington politics...
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March 24, 2023

Capital Budget includes $40M building at Lower Columbia College, funding for local projects

Lower Columbia College Center for Vocational and Transitional Studies, Longview. OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate Friday passed a capital budget providing $40 million for a new vocational training center at Lower Columbia College in Longview, $8.3 million for improvements to Cape Disappointment State Park, and other public works projects across...
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March 24, 2023

Court decision favoring new state income tax is betrayal of Washington voters, says Sen. Jeff Wilson

  OLYMPIA — Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, ranking Republican on the Senate State Government Committee, offered the following comment on the new state income tax. The state Supreme Court announced its decision Friday, March 24 to uphold the tax on capital gains income. The tax was passed by legislative Democrats...
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March 15, 2023

Sen. Jeff Wilson baffled by scrap-industry attack on catalytic converter theft bill

Longview senator: ‘When catalytic converter components are worth more than gold, we have to change the way we do business’ OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeff Wilson said fast-growing catalytic converter theft compels lawmakers to consider changes in the way auto wreckers and scrap dealers do business, and he is baffled by...
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March 13, 2023

Wilson bill combatting catalytic converter theft gets hearing Tuesday

Measure is receiving attention during final weeks of 2023 legislative session OLYMPIA – A proposal from Sen. Jeff Wilson that takes a fresh approach to catalytic converter theft gets a hearing Tuesday in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and will remain under consideration through the remainder of the 2023...
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March 09, 2023

Catalytic converter theft in WA state is organized crime, so let’s treat it that way

Note: The following op-ed appeared in the Tri-City Herald March 5, 2023.   As the Washington Legislature debated the catalytic converter bill last session, someone parked this car across the street from my house in Longview. Within days, thieves had it up on blocks, the wheels were stripped and the...
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March 08, 2023

Wilson votes for bill partially restoring police pursuits, but says it falls short

Senator votes yes because keeping current restrictions is worse OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeff Wilson joined the Senate Wednesday in voting for a bill that partially restores the ability of police to pursue fleeing suspects, but called Senate Bill 5352 a half-step toward the full restoration of police powers Washington state...
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