Senate

Legislature passes capital budget that provides strong broadband funding The Senate yesterday voted 49-0 to approve a compromise two-year state capital budget. The $6.3 billion spending plan provides a record $413 million toward the expansion of broadband access in Washington. The House of Representatives voted 98-0 today to pass the capital budget, House Bill 1080. Sen. Mark Schoesler, who... Read More...
Senate approves ‘high-cost fuel standard’ bill The Senate tonight narrowly passed a bill that would create a “high-cost fuel standard” in Washington.  House Bill 1091, approved 27-20, returns to the House of Representatives for concurrence, or agreement, with a Senate amendment to the proposal. “This bill is the latest attempt by Governor Inslee to cram what... Read More...
Schoesler blasts Senate passage of ‘carbon cap and tax’ bill A Democrat-sponsored “carbon cap and tax” bill passed 25-24 tonight by the Senate would punish Washington citizens and small businesses while letting big corporations off the hook, argues 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler. Senate Bill 5126 now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration. The 2021 legislative session... Read More...
Schoesler backs Senate capital budget, lauds support for broadband access The Senate today gave unanimous approval to its two-year capital budget, which includes $490 million toward expanding broadband access across Washington. Sen. Mark Schoesler said the emphasis on broadband needs is especially important for rural parts of the state. “Insufficient broadband is a problem in 9th District communities and other... Read More...
Schoesler introduces bill to provide relief for employers on UI taxes Sen. Mark Schoesler has introduced a bill that seeks to provide relief for Washington employers who are facing the possibility of paying higher unemployment-insurance taxes as they also struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. Senate Bill 5197 would adjust the calculation used to determine UI taxes. Much... Read More...
Schoesler offers bill to help rural communities maintain ambulance service It can be a challenge for very small, rural communities to provide ambulance service for their citizens. A bill prime-sponsored by Sen. Mark Schoesler aims to make it easier for two tiny Whitman County towns, Garfield and Farmington, to continue providing joint ambulance service. Schoesler’s proposal, Senate Bill 5198, has... Read More...