O’Ban budget amendment aids future of UW Tacoma Last night, the Senate Operating budget was amended to include a $400,000 appropriation for the University of Washington Tacoma branch.   The amendment, offered by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, ensures the expansion of the UW Tacoma law school by investing in a pre-law program to pave the way for the... Read More...
Public hearing on inflated car tab taxes If you want to let the Legislature know your thoughts concerning the new car tab tax, this is your chance to testify. My bill to prohibit the state from collecting unfair car tab taxes is getting a public hearing Monday, March 27. I hope you can make it and have your... Read More...
Car tab fight in Olympia What is the Republican-led Senate Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) doing to stop Sound Transit from unfairly inflating our car tab bills and how can we hold Sound Transit accountable?  What effect would the MCC budget plan have on your local school’s funding and on your property taxes? You will find... Read More...
Senate budget reveals big wins for Pierce County schools, taxpayers The Republican-led Senate Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) released a $43 billion budget proposal that fully funds basic education and reforms the school levy system. The changes would mean a big influx of funding for Pierce County schools and big savings for taxpayers, according to Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place. The... Read More...
Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes New O’Ban-Rossi bill would prohibit state from collecting taxes for regional agency Yesterday, the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes. “If Sound Transit wants to tax... Read More...
O’Ban still seeking answers from the governor on WSP felony checks Sen. O’Ban originally sent a letter to Gov. Inslee on Feb. 17 regarding an incident in which a WSP officer contacted federal immigration authorities after a routine license check revealed the holder to be a previously deported drug felon. The WSP launched an administrative review of the officer, which led... Read More...
DOL response to Sound Transit contract inquiry Last week, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, and Sen. Dino Rossi, R-Sammamish, advised the Department of Licensing (DOL) not to renew any contract to collect fees for Sound Transit until the Legislature has completed its budgetary and policy bills for the 2017 session. DOL responded via a letter revealing that... Read More...
O’Ban update to state religious freedom laws passes Senate Washington will no longer deny certain public employees their constitutional right of freedom of association because of their religious beliefs if Senate Bill 5339 becomes law. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, was passed Tuesday by the Senate on a 25-24 caucus-line vote. Under current law, public... Read More...
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