State Government, Veterans Affairs & Elections

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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March 26, 2021

Capital gains income tax update & new recommendations for reopening schools

Dear Friends and Neighbors To say that the last few weeks have been intense and demanding is an understatement. Floor action for the Senate and the House during this point in session is always an all-encompassing time that combines long hours, minute focus on the bills before us for consideration...
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February 22, 2021

Republican budget proposal – we don’t need to raise your taxes

Dear Friends and Neighbors We have reached the point in the legislative session where we are busy with floor action – passing bills out of the Senate Chamber and moving them along in the legislative process over to the House of Representatives. As floor leader, I spend many hours in...
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February 15, 2021

Bringing better broadband to rural communities

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The past two weeks have seen a flurry of activity in legislative committees as the policy committee deadline has passed. Bills that have not been voted out of committee by now, and are not needed to implement the budget, will not be further considered this legislation...
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February 01, 2021

Update on businesses reopening and limiting the governor’s powers

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As we continue to anticipate what the things will look like in the near future, I know many parents are eagerly waiting for a time when kids will be back in the classroom. At a news conference this week, Governor Inslee finally stated what we have...
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January 25, 2021

Sen. Shelly Short’s 2021 legislative video update (week 2)

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January 22, 2021

Senate Bill 5114 follow up: Thank you!

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week began with the legislature honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both the House and Senate chambers offered floor resolutions remembers Dr. King’s legacy. I spoke in strong support of the resolution and that we are stronger when we work together. Click here to...
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September 16, 2020

Senate Republicans continue to call for a special session

Senate Republicans in the state Legislature are again asking the governor to call the legislature back into session due to the recent catastrophic outbreak of wildfires spreading across our state. Sen. Shelly Short, Senate Republican floor leader, R-Addy, issued the following statement regarding a letter sent to the governor concerning...
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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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