Rep. Steve O’Ban | Your seat in the House | Feb. 22, 2013

Rep. Steve O'Ban
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Dear Friends and Neighbors:Rep. O'Ban with soldiers from the Third Stryker Brigade

It has been an eventful week in the Legislature. We are now at day 40 of the 105-day session and today is the cutoff date for bills unrelated to the state operating budget to be passed out of House committees. Next week, budget bills will face the same deadline. Anything that doesn’t move out of committees on the designated cutoff dates will be considered “dead” for this year. That said, any bill can move should the majority party choose to pull it out of committee and vote on it.

I have outlined a few issues I thought might be of interest to you. I hope you find this informative, but please always feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Honoring the brave troops of the Third Stryker Brigade

I had the privilege of welcoming home the Third Stryker Brigade as they arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last December. Being able to greet these brave men and women as they returned home after a year-long deployment in Southern Afghanistan was humbling.

As a way to thank these heroes, I authored House Resolution 4624 and invited members of the brigade, including the colonel, to come to the House chamber to be honored for their dedication and service to our nation on Feb. 20. You can watch the video here. The photo above is me accompanying Col. Webster and three of his brave soldiers into the House chamber.

Transportation gas tax proposal

During the telephone town hall I hosted with our senator, Mike Carrell, many of you asked about the 10-cent gas tax proposal put forward by House Democrats, who hold a majority in the State House of Representatives. As a member of the House Transportation Committee, I believe before we make commuting to work, dropping kids off at school and sports games and running daily errands more expensive for families, we need to look at reforms that make sure the transportation budget is spent in the most efficient and effective way.

For those of you interested, you can find the breakdown of their transportation tax package proposal here. I want to know what you think about the plan – please participate in my one-question, online survey by clicking here.

Gun legislation

As the assistant lead minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, I have seen the bills that have been introduced in the House related to gun control. What concerns me most about these measures, besides the clear infringement on Second Amendment rights, is that none of them get at the heart of the matter when it comes to gun violence: More and stricter gun control laws will not affect lawbreakers. All these laws would impact law-abiding citizens.


One such bill that was passed out of committee this week is House Bill 1588. It would require universal background checks for purchasing firearms, even between private parties.

If we truly want to get at those people using guns to commit heinous crimes, let’s enforce the laws we already have on the books, address the gaps in our mental health safety net, tackle gang and youth gun violence and get tough on criminals who use guns while committing crimes.


Watch my legislative video update by clicking on the picture below




Steve O’Ban

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