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...
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‘head tax,’ Senate Republicans will continue fight on behalf of working families Today the Seattle City Council repealed the “head tax” it unanimously enacted less than a month ago despite widespread and deafening opposition.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...
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