Public Safety

February 14, 2022

Update on police reform and bills I’m sponsoring this session

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We have just passed the halfway point of the 2022 legislative session and this week marks the “House of Origin Cutoff”, meaning all Senate bills that are policy-related and not budget related, must be passed off the chamber floor in order to still be considered “alive”...
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April 25, 2021

That’s a wrap: Republican leaders wish Legislature had listened to the people more

Senate Republican leaders released the following remarks as the 2021 legislative session came to a close as it prepared for the traditional “Sine Die” adjournment.   Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia: “Throughout this session Republicans have consistently offered ideas and taken positions that come from listening to the people....
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September 24, 2020

Budget cuts should not include releasing inmates early

Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Corrections (DOC) proposal to save money by reducing the state’s prison population by about 30 percent. “The implications of this proposal could have devastating effects on families and communities across our state. A move like this...
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May 15, 2020

Senate Republicans push back results in redrafting of emergency proclamation

As a result of the Senate Republicans’ refusal to extend an emergency proclamation that violated the individual’s right to due process, the proclamation has been scaled back and will be reissued by the governor. The new version of the proclamation no longer suspends statutes that require court hearings to be...
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February 18, 2019

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...
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March 31, 2009

Stevens County sheriff hosted in Olympia by Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short

Local officials and constituents welcome to visit Legislature, meet with representatives   Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short hosted Stevens County Sheriff Craig Thayer (left) during his visit to Olympia March 27.                                                                   # # # For more information, contact: Bobbi Cussins, Public Information Officer: (360) 786-7252
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