Senate passes O’Ban bill aimed to improve behavioral health care On Monday the state Senate passed a bill 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... Read More...
Bill to be heard Monday to keep Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls flat A bill sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, would solve the problem of escalating tolls on the Tacoma Narrow Bridge by freezing them at a fixed rate and then borrowing funds from the multimodal transportation account to cover the amount necessary to pay any difference between toll revenue and... Read More...
Fast start to a short session As we come to the end of the first four weeks of the 2018 legislative session, I wanted to give you an update on what’s going on in Olympia. Amtrak derailment resolution My office had the privilege of inviting first responders and others who helped rescue and aid victims of the Dec.18 Amtrak train... Read More...
O’Ban on Sound Transit: ‘They can afford it, my constituents can’t!’ Senator Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, and Representative Mark Harmsworth, R-Mill Creek, hosted a news conference on Feb. 1 to discuss Sound Transit legislation. The media availability focused on legislation that would cut car tab fees, hold Sound Transit accountable to taxpayers, stop Sound Transit from imposing property taxes on homeowners who weren’t given the... Read More...
Senate committee passes O’Ban bills on improving behavioral health Two key bills introduced by Sen. Steve O’Ban, were heard and passed out of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee this week. These bills seek to improve behavioral health care in Washington state. SB 6491 would simplify and reduce eligibility criteria for assisted outpatient mental health treatment to make... Read More...
O’Ban bill targets criminals wearing body armor Sen. Steve O’Ban today introduced legislation that would mean longer sentences for criminals who wear body armor while committing a crime. The bill’s title honors fallen Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney, who was fatally wounded in a Jan. 8 shootout involving at least one suspect wearing body armor. According... Read More...
O’Ban proposes bill to combat child sex trafficking Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, has introduced SB 6492, which aims to hold responsible Backpage.com and similar websites that are alleged to have helped develop content and host advertisements featuring children for commercial sex purposes on their websites. This bill, which is scheduled for a hearing at 10 a.m. on... Read More...
Beginning of session update 2018 legislative session begins The 2018 legislative session began last week and in even-numbered years, the legislative session runs for 60 days. That means we have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Transportation, especially Sound Transit, is a key issue for the Legislature this session. Find out below... Read More...
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...
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