January 14, 2013
Sen. Jim Honeyford
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I pulled into my driveway in Sunnyside late on the afternoon of March 31.
Gov. Inslee vetoes 27 bills
State lawmakers are headed back to work today to hammer out a supplemental budget.
When I pulled the pickup truck into Olympia in early January, I was hopeful this “short” 60-day legislative session would truly be just that — 60 days.
Legislative session down to last week
A session that has seen lawmakers tackle everything from bathrooms to education funding is winding down.
Late in November 2012, I traveled to our state Capitol for the biennial re-organization of my Senate Republican Caucus.
I arrived at the state Capitol just before 7 a.m. Jan. 11. It was the first day of the legislative session, but I had been in Olympia almost a week.
The computer glitch setting more than 3,000 state inmates free is the focus of a subpoena Senate Republicans submitted to Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday.
State lawmakers today have another item for their to-do list as Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday signed an executive order to curb gun crime and suicide.
Yakima Valley lawmakers are less than enthusiastic about Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal for 2016.
Water, education, aiding the economy in rural communities and taxation are among Lower Valley legislators’ priorities as they prepare to start a new session in Olympia one month from today.
The state Supreme Court’s decision last week to fine the state $100,000 a day because it feels there is lack of progress on funding basic education isn’t finding many friends in the Lower Valley.
State legislators made history - both good and bad - during the session that wrapped up last Friday.
Sen. Jim Honeyford says the new $3.9 billion capital budget passed by lawmakers this past Tuesday night mirrors the budget priorities that have defined the 2015 legislative session…strong reforms, accountability and providing maximum return to taxpayers for every dollar.
Early release of some prison inmates and a complete shutdown of state parks are among possible impacts if lawmakers don’t approve a budget by June 30.
A proposal by Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside that would add a property assessment to fund water projects received support this past Tuesday from the Roza Irrigation District board of directors.
Funding basic education and addressing water storage needs are among the issues facing 15th District lawmakers when the state legislature begins a new session on Monday, Jan. 12.
In a ceremony held May 1, Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) received the first-ever College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year Award for social sciences from Central Washington University.
Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to keep state waterways from being infested by non-native mussels and other invasive species was validated when Senate Bill 6040 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee last week.
Members of the state Senate yesterday, Thursday, passed the 2014 supplemental operating budget proposal, which was supported by Sen. Jim Honeyford.
Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to keep state waterways from being infested by non-native mussels received another boost this past Tuesday.
OLYMPIA - The Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee last Thursday considered a bill aimed at putting more buzz into the state’s honeybee industry.
OLYMPIA - To help protect the vulnerable residents who call the Yakima Valley School in Selah their home, Sen. Jim Honeyford has proposed a bill that would allow the residential care facility to begin admitting new patients again.
Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) last Wednesday accepted the Washington State Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year Award for an unprecedented third time. The Sunnyside Republican also received the award in 2003 and 2007.
OLYMPIA - The Washington State Legislature begins a new session today, Monday, and Sen. Jim Honeyford already has two proposals for his colleagues to consider.