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...
O’Ban and Rossi take aim at Sound Transit fee collection contract Sound Transit may continue to calculate car tab fees on an inflated valuation schedule, but will they be able to collect them? Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, and Sen. Dino Rossi, R-Sammamish, have advised the Department of Licensing (DOL) not to renew any contract to collect the fees for Sound... Read More...
O’Ban and Rossi challenge constitutionality of Sound Transit car tab tax Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, and Sen. Dino Rossi, R-Sammamish, informed Attorney General Bob Ferguson today that based on information they’ve reviewed, the current valuation Sound Transit uses to calculate car tab taxes is unconstitutional. In a letter hand-delivered to Ferguson’s office this morning, the senators explain the act that... Read More...
O’Ban resolution honors 100th Anniversary of JBLM Friday, March 3, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, is honoring the 100th anniversary of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with Senate Resolution 8627.  The resolution traces the pivotal history JBLM has played for the United States and the region in both World Wars, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Gulf... Read More...
O’Ban bill to make Sound Transit answer to voters passes Senate The Senate voted today to make Sound Transit directly accountable to voters. Senate Bill 5001, sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, requires Sound Transit governing board members be elected by district and passed the Senate in a bipartisan 29 to 20 vote. Currently, the county executives of King, Pierce... Read More...
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