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Help for injured Corrections staff passes Senate Weeks after a correctional employee suffered traumatic injuries from an inmate assault, the Senate passed an extension of benefits for those whose injuries put them out of work for more than a year. Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, sponsored the change passed today to allow additional support for Corrections or Dept.... Read More...
Pearson Skagit water bill passes Senate committee A plan to give Skagit River Basin landowners a chance at using water on their property cleared its first committee hurdle today. The bill by Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, would allow landowners to prove that water access on their land would not affect water levels for fish habitat. “There are... Read More...
Stilly Valley jobs plan clears Legislature OLYMPIA… A vital jobs plan to spark economic growth in the Stillaguamish Valley passed the Legislature Thursday. Senate Bill 5761, prime-sponsored by Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, and supported in the House by Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, would create a property tax exemption for businesses that want to locate and create... Read More...
Pearson joins domestic-violence survivor to toughen law OLYMPIA… Six years ago police went to Barbara Holland’s home and arrested the man who had tortured and threatened to kill her. She would learn that due to a change in state law approved just days after the assault, her attacker – a first-time domestic-violence felony offender – would not... Read More...
Pearson boosts Stilly Valley jobs plan in Senate OLYMPIA… A vital plan to drive job growth in the Stillaguamish Valley unanimously cleared the Senate. Legislation introduced by Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, would create a property tax exemption for businesses that want to locate and create jobs in open industrial property near Arlington, Marysville and Lake Stevens. “After the... Read More...
Senate unanimously approves Pearson bill to help identify next Oso Today, the Senate unanimously approved a bill by Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, to help the state identify future geological hazards like last year’s Oso landslide. Senate Bill 5088 would establish the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as the official depository for a library of LiDAR mapping, which would be accessible... Read More...
Pearson jobs bill for Northern State clears first committee hurdle                 Yesterday, constituents and stakeholders for jobs in Skagit County testified in support of Sen. Kirk Pearson’s, R-Monroe, bill to open the former Northern State Hospital site for economic development. Committee members voted to pass the measure, Senate Bill 5887, out of committee.... Read More...
Bailey, Pearson water relief bills advance out of committee Today, a package of bills to ensure public water access introduced by Sen. Barbara Bailey and Sen. Kirk Pearson passed out of the Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee. Recent restrictive interpretations of in-stream flow rules left people in the Skagit River Basin unable to utilize their properties. “I... Read More...
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