O’Ban proposes three Sound Transit accountability bills Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, has introduced three bills aimed at Sound Transit and car tab fees. These bills would establish a vehicle valuation based on the Kelley Blue Book or National Auto Dealers Association values and cut the tax by 55 percent, require Sound Transit board members to be... Read More...
O’Ban requests hearing on Amtrak Train Derailment Inquiry would focus on the recent Amtrak derailment in south Pierce County Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, requested a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee on the derailment of Amtrak train 501 on Dec. 18, 2017. As a member of the Transportation Committee, O’Ban hopes the committee will focus on... Read More...
O’Ban comments on Amtrak Derailment report Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, issued the following statement in response to today’s National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) preliminary report regarding the investigation of the Dec. 18, 2017, derailment of Amtrak 501 that occurred near DuPont, Wash. “I have had an opportunity to review the preliminary report by the NTSB... Read More...
Help reduce unemployment among our veterans! Washington is home to 340,000 working-age veterans. Unfortunately, we have a higher veteran unemployment rate than the rest of the nation. That’s why I prime sponsored legislation that created the first-ever, statewide tax credit for employers that hire unemployed veterans.  The goal of this new tax credit is to reduce the... Read More...
Sound Transit’s definition of “very clear” In the Senate investigatory meetings into Sound Transit and whether the agency mislead the legislature regarding the costs of Sound Transit 3, one of the things that came up repeatedly was that the agency produced many documents telling legislators it needed the “full $15 billion” in funding authorization for ST3. ... Read More...
Sound Transit vs. average citizen on what “value” means At the second Sound Transit investigatory meeting of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, I questioned Sound Transit spokesman Geoff Patrick about how Sound Transit presented the concept of an automobile’s value to voters.  I pointed out that most people assume “value” to mean the price at which one could... Read More...
Second Sound Transit investigatory meeting The second Sound Transit Investigatory meeting of the Senate Law and Justice Committee was held in Everett on Thursday, October 5.  In this work session, we focused on Sound Transit’s involvement in the proposition 1 ballot measure and followed up on questioning related to misleading information given to the legislature. ... Read More...
O’Ban launches coordinated effort to stop Lakewood release of alleged killer In a letter to Governor Inslee sent today, Senator Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, calls on the governor to halt plans by Western State Hospital (WSH) to release accused murderer Lawrence David Butterfield into the community of Lakewood. In the letter, O’Ban questions whether the state has employed sufficient safeguards, followed... Read More...
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