O’Ban: Voters’ wishes must be respected, I-976 implemented Sponsors package of I-976, Sound Transit legislation in response to voter outcry   OLYMPIA…After Initiative-976, known as “$30 car-tabs” passed statewide, voters expected that their wishes would be respected, and the measure would be implemented by their state government. Unfortunately, that has not happened. But Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County,... Read More...
O’Ban fights to repeal business tax increase on health-care providers 20-percent business and operations tax increase could hurt patients, doctors, taxpayers   OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban announced a bill Wednesday that he is sponsoring for the 2020 legislative session that would repeal the 20-percent increase in the business and occupations (B&O) tax levied against small private-practice doctors and other independent health-care... Read More...
O’Ban to cosponsor legislation to backfill transportation funding OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban issued the following statement in support of a long-term solution to transportation funding in the wake of I-976 – a solution that will provide a new source of revenue for transportation without creating new taxes. O’Ban, R-Pierce County, will cosponsor the bill, which would redirect sales tax... Read More...
O’Ban sponsors legislation to help fix state nursing home crisis OLYMPIA…Washington state has a crisis in skilled nursing care. Facility closures, primarily due to inadequate state reimbursements for Medicaid patients, have left many residents without a place to go. Sen. Steve O’Ban is sponsoring legislation for the 2020 legislative session intended to fix that. Washington currently has the fourth highest... Read More...
O’Ban: Early returns on I-976 send strong message to Sound Transit Car-tab relief legislation could have satisfied voters before they turned to initiative process   OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban issued the following statement regarding the early returns on Initiative-976, which lowers car-tab fees statewide to $30. For the past three years, Sen. O’Ban, R-Pierce County, has led the effort to bring car-tab... Read More...
O’Ban first legislator to receive ‘Family Advocacy Award’ OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, was recognized this week for, “outstanding service to families in the state of Washington” when he became the first legislator to receive the ‘Family Advocacy Award’ from the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT). The award honors Sen. O’Ban for his work to... Read More...