O’Ban: Liias bill to repeal I-976 is an insult to voters Legislation thumbing its nose at taxpayers should be called the “Sound Transit Dream Act”   OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, issued the following statement about a bill just dropped by a Seattle Democrat that repeals I-976 as it applies to Sound Transit car tab fees and changes the law to... Read More...
O’Ban: Government shouldn’t sour kids’ entrepreneurial spirit OLYMPIA…Lemonade stands are as much a part of Americana as baseball and apple pie. And Sen. Steve O’Ban wants to ensure that the tradition can continue, although unfettered by government regulation – tax free and without a food handler’s permit.   O’Ban, R-Pierce County, introduced Senate Bill 6320 this week.... Read More...
O’Ban: Voters’ wishes must be respected, I-976 implemented Sponsors package of I-976, Sound Transit legislation in response to voter outcry   OLYMPIA…After Initiative-976, known as “$30 car-tabs” passed statewide, voters expected that their wishes would be respected, and the measure would be implemented by their state government. Unfortunately, that has not happened. But Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County,... Read More...
O’Ban fights to repeal business tax increase on health-care providers 20-percent business and operations tax increase could hurt patients, doctors, taxpayers   OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban announced a bill Wednesday that he is sponsoring for the 2020 legislative session that would repeal the 20-percent increase in the business and occupations (B&O) tax levied against small private-practice doctors and other independent health-care... Read More...
O’Ban to cosponsor legislation to backfill transportation funding OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban issued the following statement in support of a long-term solution to transportation funding in the wake of I-976 – a solution that will provide a new source of revenue for transportation without creating new taxes. O’Ban, R-Pierce County, will cosponsor the bill, which would redirect sales tax... Read More...
O’Ban sponsors legislation to help fix state nursing home crisis OLYMPIA…Washington state has a crisis in skilled nursing care. Facility closures, primarily due to inadequate state reimbursements for Medicaid patients, have left many residents without a place to go. Sen. Steve O’Ban is sponsoring legislation for the 2020 legislative session intended to fix that. Washington currently has the fourth highest... Read More...
O’Ban: Early returns on I-976 send strong message to Sound Transit Car-tab relief legislation could have satisfied voters before they turned to initiative process   OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban issued the following statement regarding the early returns on Initiative-976, which lowers car-tab fees statewide to $30. For the past three years, Sen. O’Ban, R-Pierce County, has led the effort to bring car-tab... Read More...