Medal of Honor recipient visits and an update on my bills Honoring an American hero   On Tuesday, I was blessed to witness two amazing events. My son, Thomas, a U.S. Army Specialist stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, sang the national anthem in the Senate Chamber to begin the day’s activities (his musical talent is entirely from his mom). You can... Read More...
Orwall/O’Ban suicide-prevention measure heads to Senate From 2002 to 2012 the number of deaths by suicide* in Washington state increased by almost 28 percent. A measure aimed at slowing that alarming trend by enabling health care professionals to better identify individuals at risk of suicide and perform prevention-related services is on its way to becoming law.... Read More...
A debatable decision on the death penalty Greetings friends and neighbors! We’ve just passed the 30-day mark, halfway through the 60-day session here in Olympia. State government works on a two-year cycle (called a biennium), which means that in odd years (like 2013) the “long” session lasts 105 days while in even years (like 2014) the “short”... Read More...
O’Ban bill addresses inappropriate Inslee moratorium on death sentences Sen. Steve O’Ban, a constitutional attorney from west Pierce County, has introduced a measure aimed at addressing Gov. Jay Inslee’s blanket moratorium on executions in Washington. O’Ban says Inslee’s action ignores the victims’ families and is a misuse of his constitutional powers. “In my judgment, the moratorium is as much... Read More...