Gearing up for 2019 – Prioritizing mental health care in Washington state Washington’s mental health system is in crisis. Too many of our most vulnerable citizens are suffering with mental illness and substance addictions due to the lack of community behavioral health services. These barriers prevent patients from receiving the care they desperately need. In recent years, the Legislature’s focus point was... Read More...
Help me stop the release of three violent sex offenders  Dear Neighbor, I recently discovered that the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) plans to release three violent Level 3 sex offenders from McNeil Island into the community of Lakewood. I am especially concerned about the release of these offenders into this area as they are not originally from Pierce... Read More...
O’Ban urges governor to stop release of three convicted sex offenders In a letter sent to Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday, Senator Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, calls on the governor to halt plans by the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island to release three Level 3 male sex offenders into the community of Lakewood.   In the letter, the 28th Legislative District lawmaker... Read More...
O’Ban: First Amendment rights of public employees upheld Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in  Janus v. AFSCME that requiring nonmembers of public-sector unions to pay fees or face termination violates the First Amendment. “In addition to a upholding the First Amendment rights of public employees, the Supreme... Read More...
O’Ban: Mental health needs to be Legislature’s top priority Today the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it will decertify Western State Hospital, the state’s largest psychiatric hospital, from a federal program after a failed two-year attempt by Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration to bring the hospital back in line with federal requirements. Sen. Steve O’Ban, Republican leader... Read More...
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