March 07, 2022

Legislature passes Hawkins’ bipartisan housing bill

Measure to assist counties advances to governor’s desk A bill sponsored by 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins to assist local governments with affordable workforce housing has been approved by the Legislature and is going to Gov. Jay Inslee for final consideration. “I’m very grateful that the bill was approved and...
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February 23, 2022

Hawkins supports Kuntz’s idea of “regional aquatic center,” seeks to help city with costly pool repairs

The Senate’s 2021-2023 capital budget update includes $300,000 to assist the city of Wenatchee with pool repairs, opportunity may exist for full funding of $550,000. State Sen. Brad Hawkins sympathizes with the city of Wenatchee for costly pool repairs and ongoing operational costs. He supports Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz’s suggestion...
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February 15, 2022

Hawkins comments on Senate passage of “Move Ahead Washington” transportation proposal

The Legislature’s “Move Ahead Washington” proposal, unveiled just a week ago on Feb. 8, continues to be on a fast track, receiving full Senate approval tonight after being approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday. Senate Bill 5974 was approved by the full Senate by a vote of 29...
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February 11, 2022

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...
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February 10, 2022

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...
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February 03, 2022

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...
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January 03, 2022

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...
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December 13, 2021

Hawkins partners with Leavenworth mayor on workforce housing bill

Senator Brad Hawkins is partnering with Leavenworth Mayor Carl Florea on a bill to secure a reliable revenue source to address the city’s workforce housing challenges. Senate Bill 5513 would provide Chelan County and its cities with flexibility to use up to 1 percent of their existing lodging tax revenues...
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December 06, 2021

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...
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