Senate Republican Leader Optimistic About 2019 Legislative Session

Olympia, WA – The gavel dropped on the full 2019 legislative session at the state capitol in Olympia. The leader of Republicans in the Senate, Ritzville’s Mark Schoesler, says he’s trying to remain optimistic despite Democrats having a larger majority this year. “And I remain optimistic as always that we…


12th District Senator Brad Hawkins Previews the 2019 Legislative Session

With the start of the 2019 Washington State Legislative Session on Monday, January 14th, 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins says there will be a lot of changes coming to Olympia. “Democratic majorities have expanded significantly with the recent election this past November. We have 49 members of the state Senate…


Mental Health a Major Issue for Washington State Legislature in 2019

One of the most serious issues facing lawmakers during the scheduled 105-day session is the issue of mental health. Among the problems: A lack of beds, mental health patients housed in jails, decertification of Western State Hospital, and a series of assaults and safety issues. Representative Joe Schmick of Colfax…