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Plugging holes in our law against smuggling prison contraband The following guest editorial appeared in editions of the Prosser Record-Bulletin and Dayton Chronicle during the week of March 10. By Sen. Maureen Walsh This year I am the proud sponsor of a bill that I am sure will have a strange ring to it. Imagine, going to prison for... Read More...
Senate passes Walsh bill extending Walla Walla watershed program To see video of Sen. Walsh’s floor speech, click here. OLYMPIA – Legislation extending the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership cleared the state Senate this week and is awaiting action in the House. Senate Bill 5352, sponsored by Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, would continue the watershed planning effort through... Read More...
One-size-fits-all approach doesn’t suit state’s disabled The following op-ed appears in shorter form in editions of the Prosser Record-Bulletin and the Dayton Chronicle published during the week of Feb. 22. By Sen. Maureen Walsh In the Legislature, we pride ourselves on listening to the people. But what happens when those people have no voice? Where the... Read More...
Fixing I-940, and doing it right The following op-ed appeared in the Prosser Record-Bulletin and Dayton Chronicle during the week of Feb. 4. Note: We were saddened to hear of Rep. Bill Jenkin’s recent heart attack, and we join with the people of the 16th District in wishing him a speedy recovery. Bill was stricken Friday,... Read More...
2019 Legislature opens with question: Isn’t $5 billion enough? The following op-ed appeared in the Prosser Record-Bulletin and Dayton Chronicle during the week of Jan. 21. By Sen. Maureen Walsh, Rep. Bill Jenkin, Rep. Skyler Rude As the Legislature opens for business this year, a prosperous state economy is filling our treasury with record tax collections – nearly $5... Read More...
Walsh appointed to state Tourism Marketing Authority Board OLYMPIA – State Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, has been appointed to the Washington Tourism Marketing Authority Board, overseeing efforts to promote travel and tourism statewide. The board, established this year by the Legislature, puts the state back into the business of promoting Washington to travelers beyond the state’s borders.... Read More...
Read Sen. Walsh’s 2018 session report 16th District lawmakers offer summary of 2018 legislative session After a session of major accomplishments and missed opportunities, the challenge is keeping the state on the right track. The 2018 Legislature protected rural wells, blocked major tax increases and approved important projects for the 16th Legislative District. But responsible budgeting... Read More...
Final budgets launch projects for 16th District, state OLYMPIA – Budgets approved in the final hours of the 2018 legislative session boost important projects in the 16th Legislative District, including a building renovation at Walla Walla Community College and an irrigation project in the Horse Heaven Hills. Other appropriations in the state public-works budget expand on projects that... Read More...
16th District lawmakers wrap up the 2018 legislative session The following op-ed appeared in the Prosser Record Bulletin and the Dayton Chronicle during the week of March 12. By Sen. Maureen Walsh, Rep. Terry Nealey, and Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser One thing we can always count on, in good times and bad, there will always be pressure on the... Read More...
Property taxes a major issue as Legislature enters final days The following op-ed appeared in the Dayton Chronicle and Prosser Record-Bulletin during the week of March 5. Note: After this op-ed was published, the Legislature ultimately approved a plan that offered a partial property tax reduction — about $400 million — but does not apply until 2019, after the temporary... Read More...