Despite welcome repeal of Seattle’s ‘head tax,’ Senate Republicans will continue fight on behalf of working families Today the Seattle City Council repealed the “head tax” it unanimously enacted less than a month ago despite widespread and deafening opposition. Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, and Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, responded to the repeal by reinforcing their determination to continue with legislation that would clearly make... Read More...
O’Ban supports lawsuit against Sound Transit Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, issued the following statement in response to today’s news of a lawsuit against Sound Transit 3. “I am pleased to see that this lawsuit has been brought against Sound Transit confirming what I have said repeatedly over the last year: Sound Transit has been unconstitutionally... Read More...
O’Ban responds to governor’s plan to change role of state hospitals Sen. Steve O’Ban attended a news conference Friday where Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington’s two state hospitals will cease taking civil patients in 2023, and focus primarily on forensic patients. The governor unveiled his plan at Western State Hospital, calling for long-term civil patients to be cared for instead... Read More...
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...
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