February 23, 2024

Wilson wins $1.5 million to combat sea lion predation on Columbia and tributaries

Sea lion on Columbia. Credit/ Army Corps of Engineers. OLYMPIA – A $1.5 million appropriation to combat sea lion predation on the lower Columbia River and its tributaries was approved by the state Senate Friday as it passed a $71.6 billion operating budget bill. The Senate passed the budget measure...
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February 22, 2024

A warning about warning labels – new law aims to thwart initiatives

Note: This op-ed was published in The (Centralia) Chronicle Feb. 21 and has been updated to reflect the possibility of action on three initiatives. By Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview Democrats are telling us Initiative 2109 will blow a $5.6 billion hole in the state budget. That’s the initiative to repeal...
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February 22, 2024

Hearings set on three initiatives

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Jeff Wilson’s subscribers Feb. 22, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Wilson’s updates from Olympia, click here.   Dear Friends and Neighbors, We’ve had a big surprise in Olympia. After nearly two months of silence, our majority Democratic colleagues in the House and...
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February 13, 2024

Senate votes to make ‘The Evergreen State’ Washington’s official nickname

OLYMPIA – With a vote Tuesday afternoon, the state Senate declared Washington to be “The Evergreen State” and attempted once again to clear up an oversight that dates back 131 years. It’s the second try for Senate Bill 5595, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. His bill passed the Senate...
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February 13, 2024

Wilson bill opens door to kit-built homes, one solution to housing shortage

  Kit home. Credit: CC by 2.0/ Shellie Evans OLYMPIA – A bill eliminating hurdles for small kit-built homes won unanimous approval in the Senate Tuesday, offering a potential solution to Washington’s shortage of affordable housing. Senate Bill 5657, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, allows kit homes up to...
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February 12, 2024

Senate passes Wilson bill to ‘get the scoop on the poop’

OLYMPIA – A bill that aims to get a handle on Washington’s ‘forever chemical’ problem by launching a study of biosolids cleared the state Senate Monday. Senate Bill 6163, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, poses the question – what’s in the processed human waste we’re using to enhance the...
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February 09, 2024

Time for a victory dance – property tax hike is dead

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Jeff Wilson’s subscribers Feb. 9, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Wilson’s updates from Olympia, click here.   I was proud to join the Senate Republican Caucus yesterday in a press conference highlighting the expected vote on Senate Bill 5770. But the vote...
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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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