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...
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...
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