March 08, 2023

Muzzall maternity-support bills approved by Senate

House already taking action on lowering costs for maternal care OLYMPIA… The state Senate has now approved the final piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Ron Muzzall focused on improving maternal supports. Part of a package, Senate Bill 5581 was approved in late February and is awaiting a public hearing...
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March 08, 2023

Muzzall fentanyl test strip bill gets unanimous vote

Opioid overdose deaths have been skyrocketing in Washington State. King County saw over 1,000 overdose deaths last year and 70% of the victims had fentanyl in their system. While legislators recently approved a measure to deal with drug possession and treatment, legislation sponsored by Sen. Ron Muzzall to help reduce...
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March 06, 2023

Help is on the way to clear derelict structures under Muzzall legislation

Who is responsible for cleaning up aquatic ruins like dilapidated piers or crumbling bulkheads? The state Department of Natural Resources is tasked with the job, but the process is still murky. Senate Bill 5433, sponsored by state Sen. Ron Muzzall, is focused on shoring up the program to keep state-owned...
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March 06, 2023

Senate approves Muzzall’s bill to expand unemployment for district workers

Today, the state Senate approved legislation sponsored by state Senator Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, aimed at helping dislocated workers in the 10th District. The bipartisan measure, Senate Bill 5621, would redefine dislocated workers for the purposes of unemployment insurance for the specific purpose of helping now jobless residents when the...
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March 06, 2023

Muzzall says drug possession fix a ‘step toward a solution’

The state Senate worked late into the evening this past Friday, struggling over a bipartisan compromise to state drug possession laws. In 2021, the state Supreme Court handed down its Blake decision, which ruled Washington’s felony drug possession law was unconstitutional. Since the Legislature was still in session, it approved...
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March 03, 2023

A Time for Voting

Greetings Friends, We’re now past the halfway mark of the 2023 legislative session and things have been busy. There was a series of deadlines over last several weeks that have significantly cut down the number of legislative proposals that could eventually make it to the governor’s desk. Over the past...
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March 02, 2023

A Parent’s Care

As seems to be the pattern with controversial and unpopular proposals, the legislative majority decided to pass Senate Bill 5599 late last night. If you haven’t been following, it’s legislation that purports to help at-risk youth suffering from mental distress, but in reality will only drive a wedge into hurting families. It’s...
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February 01, 2023

Muzzall introduces maternity-support bills to ensure pregnant women have a real choice

While Democratic legislators advocate legislation that seems aimed at making Washington a destination for women seeking abortions, state Sen. Ron Muzzall has introduced two proposals aimed at aiding women who choose motherhood. Senate Bill 5580 would direct the state Health Care Authority to support extended post-delivery hospital care for women...
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January 12, 2023

Muzzall retains leadership position, garners new committee responsibilities

The 2023 legislative session is underway, and the Senate Republican Caucus recently held internal elections for caucus leadership positions and finalized assignments to standing committees. State Sen. Ron Muzzall was re-elected as the vice-chair of the caucus. Muzzall is tasked with helping preside at internal meetings of the caucus and...
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