O’Ban appointed chair of newly named human services, mental health and housing committee

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced committee leadership for the 2015 legislative session. Sen. Steve O’Ban has been appointed to chair a renamed committee, the Senate Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee, formerly known as the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee. O’Ban will also represent the 28th Legislative District on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and as vice chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

“I am looking forward to leading the committee charged with the important duty of caring for our most vulnerable. Recent failures in our state’s social safety net are unacceptable. We need better accountability, transparency and effectiveness from our social service agencies. I know that we can do better and the people that this committee ultimately serves deserve our best,” said O’Ban.

Following the end of the legislative session in March, O’Ban has been focused on serious issues concerning child protection, foster care and empowering parents of the mentally ill to get help for their children.

“Our human services must constantly be improved. The state’s resources are facing significant pressures from other priorities but we cannot use that as an excuse to avoid bringing change to the services helping to protect those most in need,” said O’Ban.

O’Ban also is focusing on new ways to help veterans transition into civilian life and reduce the tax and regulatory burden on Washington’s small business community.