2014 Session begins with high hopes The 60-day legislative session for 2014 is now underway and I’m pleased to report that we’re not being forced to reconcile a budget and spending gap this session. Thanks to the balanced, reform-focused budget written by the Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus in 2013, Washington has created more jobs, improved education... Read More...
Cracking down on DUI offenders Another bill I’ve proposed would change the way the state punishes drunk and impaired drivers. In 2006, the Legislature amended the state’s drunk driving laws to make it so the offense rises to the level of a class C felony if a person has four or more prior offenses within... Read More...
E-News Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, Last week I was in Olympia for our annual Legislative Assembly to begin preparing for the 2014 legislative session, beginning January 13. On Thursday, I chaired my first Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee meeting. We addressed critical issues facing our mental health care system including... Read More...
O’Ban urges support for transportation reform and full I-5 build-out at JBLM Today the Senate Transportation Committee spent more than four hours reviewing and hearing public testimony about the new Senate transportation package. Sen. Steve O’Ban’s comprehensive transportation-reform proposal is one of 10 reform measures discussed. The proposed measure rolls four reform bills (House Bills 1957, 1978, 1986, and 1988) into one... Read More...
E-News Update & Important Announcement Dear Friends and Neighbors, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to election-year restrictions, you MUST sign-up HERE to continue receiving my e-newsletters. After December 1, you will no longer receive my official Senate e-newsletters UNLESS YOU CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO RE-SUBSCRIBE. I apologize for this inconvenience, but I want to make sure... Read More...
Special Session E-News Update & Veteran Thank You Dear Friends and Neighbors, On Tuesday, Gov. Inslee called the Legislature into session to pass tax breaks and other incentives in hopes of securing future manufacturing work for Boeing’s new 777X aircraft. On Thursday, the third special session of 2013 began and by Saturday afternoon we had reached agreement and... Read More...
O’Ban supports passage of Boeing incentives Sen. Steve O’Ban is enthusiastic about measures passed today by the Legislature that will give Boeing greater incentive to produce its new 777X aircraft in Washington. “Everyone in Washington should support the passage of this legislation,” said O’Ban, R-Pierce County. “The impact of Boeing locating its new 777X production in... Read More...