Testimony reveals local support for O’Ban rail service oversight bill Senate Bill 6321 prevents passenger rail service from resuming along Point Defiance Bypass until NTSB recommendations implemented   OLYMPIA…Testimony heard this week in a hearing before the Senate Transportation Committee indicated strong support among local authorities for Senate Bill 6321, which would require compliance with recommendations made by the National... Read More...
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...