Legislature

Governor signs Hawkins’ bipartisan housing bill A bill sponsored by 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins to assist local governments with affordable workforce housing was signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee. “Legislators have really struggled in recent years to identify revenue streams for housing, and this bill was challenging,” said Hawkins. “I’m grateful for the stakeholder support and excited it... Read More...
Hawkins supports the “Move Ahead Washington” transportation package, encouraged by “match” funding available to Confluence Parkway With nearly $90 million in new funding recently added and made available for the 12th District, the total district benefit approaches $400 million. This includes preservation and maintenance, rail rehabilitation, and grant funding. The plan also includes $640 million for SR-18 widening and $10 million for SR-522, two projects very... Read More...
$85 million “match” for Wenatchee’s Confluence Parkway included in negotiated “Move Ahead Washington” proposal $4.5 million also included for a Highway 2 pedestrian undercrossing in Leavenworth House and Senate negotiators this afternoon released their “Conference Report” for the “Move Ahead Washington” transportation proposal, a 16-year, $16.9 billion transportation investment package negotiated by the legislative transportation committee chairs. The package includes $85 million for an... Read More...
Hawkins pleased that capital budget funds many 12th District projects Sen. Brad Hawkins is pleased that 10 projects throughout the 12th District, totaling more than $10 million, are funded in the final capital budget proposal agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators. “I’m thankful that House and Senate Republicans had opportunities to engage directly in this budget process, and I... Read More...
Senate again passes Hawkins’ bill to help tow-truck operators For the second time in less than a year, the Senate has approved a bipartisan bill introduced by 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins after a request by a tow-truck operator located in his district. The Senate today voted 48-1 to pass Senate Bill 5406, which would help tow-truck operators gain... Read More...
Hawkins school incentives bill approved by Senate Senate Bill 5487 now heads to the House Education Committee for consideration. Senate Bill 5487, a bipartisan bill introduced by 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins, has successfully cleared another hurdle in Olympia as it was approved today by the state Senate by a vote of 40 to 9. “I’m excited... Read More...
Hawkins gathers Senate transportation leaders for Confluence Parkway discussion City of Wenatchee’s Mayor Frank Kuntz, LINK Transit’s Richard DeRock, and Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council’s Jeff Wilkens emphasize the importance of a second bridge across the Wenatchee River. As transportation leaders in the Legislature move closer to releasing their transportation budget proposal during this year’s legislative session, 12th District Sen. Brad... Read More...
Hawkins proposes Highway 2 traffic flow and safety bill In an effort to improve traffic flow and safety along U.S. Highway 2 between Wenatchee and Monroe, 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins has introduced a measure to identify improvements for preservation, maintenance, and new projects for the curvy and congested highway. Hawkins, a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, has... Read More...
Hawkins proposes bipartisan school district consolidation bill Citing the high costs per student among small school districts and the opportunity for more efficient use of state and local tax dollars, 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee) announced today that he has prefiled Senate Bill 5487, a bipartisan proposal to incentivize school district consolidation. The ranking Republican... Read More...