New state driver’s license system passes Legislature The Washington State Legislature today approved legislation bringing the state into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. The bill creates a two-tiered identification system, with the enhanced driver’s license as the federally compliant version requiring proof of citizenship. The standard license will remain available to all residents but not... Read More...
REAL ID in 57 Seconds Washington will now have a two-tiered driver’s license system to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Many passengers were confused by signs at the airport indicating their Washington license would no longer work to board a plane. I’ve explained all you need to know in 57 Seconds. Read More...
Humane dog treatment law signed into law Improved health and safety standards and limits for dogs who are leashed and left alone were today signed into law by the governor under newly passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain. The legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate in February with strong support from animal care advocates, cleared the... Read More...
Celebrating student athletes Following a spectacular season for college receivers in Washington, the Senate recognized their talent and leadership through a resolution declaring 2016-17 the “Year of the Receiver.” University of Washington Husky Dante Pettis, Washington State University Cougar River Kracraft, and Eastern Washington University Eagle Shaq Hill joined us in the Senate... Read More...
View from the Senate A view from my desk on the Senate Floor. Peaceful after the flurry of another cutoff deadline. Click here to view in 360 degrees. Read More...
Martial Arts Tax Exemption The Senate delivered a roundhouse kick to a tax increase on martial arts studios that went into place in 2016. My bill exempts martial arts studios from the sales tax intended for commercial gyms and fitness studios. As a former taekwondo instructor, I recognize that in addition to physical activity,... Read More...
Connecting Covington Work to connect Highway 18 and State Route 516 in Covington could be completed two years ahead of schedule under the Senate transportation budget. This new corridor, along with widening SR 516 from two to five lanes beginning at Jenkins Creek set to begin in December, will provide necessary congestion... Read More...
Senate transportation budget expedites key projects for King County The new two-year state transportation budget approved today by the Washington State Senate would expedite completion of key congestion relief and safety projects benefiting King County and state residents. Sen. Joe Fain worked to speed up the start of construction for new interchanges at Highway 18 and Interstate 90 in... Read More...
Navy Appreciation Day The Senate recognized the men and women of the United States Navy on Navy Appreciation Day when we were joined by Rear Admiral Gary Mayes and Captain Scott Dunfee. As the Senate Majority Floor Leader I worked with former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and Senator Barbara Bailey, who represents... Read More...
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