2018 Session underway!


2018 Session underway!


Dear Friends,

Greetings from Olympia! The 2018 legislative session is underway, and things are already moving along quickly at the Capitol.

This is a “supplemental” budget year, meaning the Legislature is tasked with making mid-course corrections to the 2017-19 budget. We will also be working on a variety of other topics, including access to well water for rural communities, the needs of our mental health system, clean nuclear energy and STEM education.

For the first time in five years, Democrats will control both the Senate and the House (with one-vote majorities in both chambers), as well as the Governor’s Mansion. We will have to work harder than ever to make sure that the voice of the Tri-Cities is heard and that the Legislature works to address the needs of all of Washington.

I was honored to be selected by my colleagues to offer the Republican perspective on the new session in response to Gov. Inslee’s State of the State Address. You can watch my full comments below.

Thank you for the honor of serving as your state senator. If you have questions about anything in this report, or anything else related to the Legislature, please give me a call at (360) 786-7614 or send me an e-mail at Sharon.Brown@leg.wa.gov. I always appreciate hearing from you. 


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Sharon Brown
State Senator
8th District

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Week 1 State of the State Response
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Priorities for the new session

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Senate Republican leaders discuss 2018 session at media availability.

The number of Senate committees remains the same for 2018 – 12 policy committees and two fiscal (budget) committees – but the new Democratic majority took away 25 committee positions that were held by Republicans in 2017, along with restructuring and renaming several committees.

As such, most Republican senators saw major reshuffling of their committee assignments. I will be serving as the Republican Leader on the newly constituted Economic Development & International Trade Committee. I will also be a member of the Energy, Environment & Technology Committee, as well as the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee.

My top priorities this year will include:

  1. Jobs – adopting policies that make it easier for employers to create and maintain jobs in our state, as well as policies that make Washington more competitive with other states and countries in attracting employers.
  2. A responsible budget – adopting a supplemental operating budget that prioritizes education, lives within our means, balances over 4 years (as required by law), and maintains the health of our constitutionally-protected rainy day fund.
  3. Protecting the most vulnerable – providing sufficient funding to meet the state’s mental health system needs, as well as providing support for those with developmental disabilities, senior citizens and our disabled veterans.

Major issues/legislation I will be working on this year include: 

  • SB 6350 - Promoting renewable energy by advancing the development of geothermal resources;
  • SB 5475 - Providing a business and occupation tax exemption for manufacturers of small modular reactors;
  • Legislation fighting human trafficking;
  • Defeating the governor’s job-killing new energy tax on fuel and home heating;
  • Supporting STEM education;
  • Promotion of remote testimony opportunities for all Washingtonians; and
  • Advancing our Building Business Eco Systems Act.

From the District...

Local firefighters visit Olympia

District Fire Fighters

On Tuesday, members of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters held their annual day in Olympia and their 2018 Legislative Reception. I was pleased to welcome several fire fighters from the Hanford, Richland and Kennewick fire departments.

It is always great to see faces from the Tri-Cities here in Olympia. If you or a group you are associated with is planning a trip to the Capitol, please call my office and let us know. We would love to see you!

In closing…

As always, I value hearing directly from you. I am here to be your voice, and your feedback on bills before the Senate is very important to me. If you would like to contact me please write, phone, e-mail, or stop by if you’re in the Olympia area. 

Jan. 12, 2018


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Economic Development & International Trade 
(Ranking Republican)

Energy, Environment & Technology 

Ways & Means