Mass shootings task force holds its first meeting Friday The mass shootings task force, funded in the 2018 supplemental operating budget, held its first meeting Friday in Lacey. The task force, requested by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, looks to develop strategies for identifying and intervening against potential perpetrators of mass shootings, educate the public about the availability of... Read More...
2018 Legislative Session Review Breaking! Federal authorities shut down sex trafficking website I sponsored legislation during the 2018 legislative session to hold Backpage.com legally responsible for its role in developing content and hosting advertisements it helped create featuring children for commercial sex purposes on their website. Last Friday the U.S. Justice Department disabled Backpage.com. This week a grand jury in... Read More...
Traffic relief is on the way! Traffic Relief! In 2015, I obtained state funding to expand lanes along the congested I-5/JBLM corridor in our 28th Legislative District. The state Department of Transportation will provide an update of this important project at an open house on April 11, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Middle School, 1750 Bob’s Hollow... Read More...
O’Ban bill aimed to improve behavioral health care signed by governor On Tuesday Governor Inslee signed a measure sponsored by Sen. O’Ban that seeks to improve behavioral health care in Washington state. SB 6491 would simplify and reduce eligibility criteria for assisted outpatient mental health treatment to make it more accessible and broaden the scope to include substance use disorder treatment.... Read More...
O’Ban: Democrats killed car-tab tax relief during 2018 session Now that the 2018 legislative session has come to an end without any bills passing to offer car-tab tax relief, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R- University Place, points out that Democrats weren’t serious about offering Sound Transit car-tab tax relief because they never prioritized car-tab relief during the 60-day legislative session. During... Read More...
O’Ban’s request for task force to prevent mass shootings included in budget Sen. Steve O’Ban’s request to create a first-ever task force to develop strategies for identifying and intervening against potential perpetrators of mass shootings was approved by the Legislature this session. In Florida, there was more than enough evidence provided to law enforcement, mental health professionals, school officials and others that... Read More...
Home stretch of the 2018 legislative session Update from Olympia With just one week left in the 2018 legislative session, I wanted to update you on Sound Transit, the mass shootings task force, an upcoming telephone town hall, and public records. Mass shootings task force My office has received many emails and phone calls regarding gun safety. I... Read More...
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