Family Issues

Parental rights under attack in Olympia The following op-ed appeared in the Omak-Okagonan Chronicle and was published March 30, 2019. To download the article, click on the below link:     Parental Rights Op-Ed    Parental rights under attack in Olympia By Sen. Shelly Short Special to the Omak-Okanogan Chronicle Parents are a child’s first teacher, guiding them throughout... Read More...
Legislative Update: Mar. 25, 2019 Dear Friends and Neighbors, There has been so much legislative activity since my last update! We finished nonstop floor action in the Senate. As floor leader, I was intensely busy communicating with my Democratic colleagues and member requests on the floor, advocating for bills to be brought up for a vote... Read More...
Podcast: Welcome to Washington Baby Act and Raising Tobacco Age to 21 Congratulations! You just had a baby. What’s that knock on the door? It’s a state inspector to make sure your home is suitable. Senator Shelly Short tells us about the “Welcome to Washington Baby Act.” And… Teenagers should not be able to buy cigarettes or other tobacco and vaping products... Read More...
Bill to help rural areas deliver mental health services signed into law Legislation to help rural areas more efficiently and effectively deliver certain mental health and chemical dependency services to patients was signed into law recently by Gov. Jay Inslee. House Bill 1727, sponsored by Reps. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax and Shelly Short, R-Addy, will allow nursing assistants to work for certain licensed... Read More...