Hawkins calls for statewide “School Employee Vaccination Day” Following his Jan. 11 letter with legislative education committee leaders to the governor and state Department of Health urging greater access to the COVID-19 vaccine for school employees, 12th District state Sen. Brad Hawkins is now calling for a statewide “School Employee Vaccination Day.” With the federal government’s recent decision... Read More...
Hawkins sponsors bill to address learning loss Following a challenging school year for students, parents, and schools and anticipating significant learning loss across Washington state, 12th District State Sen. Brad Hawkins has introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming “outdated” school year calendars that leave students with nearly three months each year with no school instruction. Hawkins, the... Read More...
More than 2,200 respond to Hawkins’ COVID-19 vaccination survey An online survey that was emailed to more than 36,000 recipients of 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins’ e-newsletter revealed that a strong majority of respondents plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to them, but only a slight majority believed that vaccinations should be required for all... Read More...
Hawkins prefiles bill to promote hydrogen-powered vehicles The first bill of the upcoming legislative session has been introduced. Following his successful effort with Senate Bill 5588 in 2019 to authorize public utility districts to produce and sell “renewable hydrogen,” Sen. Brad Hawkins has prefiled a bill for the 2021 legislative session to establish an eight-year statewide pilot project... Read More...
Hawkins encouraged by improved state revenue forecast State Sen. Brad Hawkins is encouraged by the state’s updated revenue projection released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The council’s November revenue forecast estimates revenue for the upcoming state budget cycle. The outlook was adjusted up with an increase of $634 million for the current... Read More...
Hawkins’ fourth annual ‘listening tour’ to be held virtually Dec. 10 Sen. Brad Hawkins will hold his fourth annual 12th District “listening tour” on Thursday, Dec. 10. It will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meetings with Hawkins during this year’s virtual tour will take place through Zoom video conferencing or traditional conference phone calls, each lasting up to 20... Read More...
Hawkins’ hydropower tax incentive bill approved by key House committee The House Finance Committee today has approved Senate Bill 6012, a hydropower tax incentive bill sponsored by Sen. Brad Hawkins that helps acknowledge hydropower’s important role in providing clean energy. Improved tax treatment for hydropower has been a key priority for Hawkins, the mid-Columbia PUDs that he represents, and many... Read More...