April 24, 2023

Belfair Bypass stays on track, public works projects for 35th District win approval in Legislature’s final hours

Lawmakers adjourn 2023 session after passing transportation, capital and operating budgets OLYMPIA – Final budgets approved by Washington lawmakers before adjourning their 2023 legislative session keep the Belfair Bypass on track, ensure adequate funding for rural domestic violence shelters like Shelton’s Turning Pointe, promote early learning programs in the Shelton...
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April 18, 2023

MacEwen domestic violence bill passes Legislature, goes to governor

Shelton’s Turning Pointe, other rural shelters would get boost under new formula OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that aims to improve funding for rural domestic violence shelters, inspired by the case of Shelton’s Turning Pointe shelter. Senate Bill 5398, sponsored by Sen. Drew MacEwen,...
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April 12, 2023

MacEwen critical of Senate Democrats’ proposal to triple annual property tax growth

Illustrates management failure, disturbing trends in Washington state government Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, released this statement following the last-minute introduction of a bill in the state Senate by majority Senate Democrats that would allow annual property tax increases to triple. Senate Bill 5770, introduced Tuesday, is sponsored by 20 of...
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March 30, 2023

Navy veteran and submariner MacEwen presents Navy Day resolution

Navy veteran and submariner MacEwen presents Navy Day resolution   Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, speaks on the Senate floor Thursday as Navy Day resolution is presented. To see video, click here. OLYMPIA – During ceremonies on the Senate floor Thursday, Navy veteran and submariner Sen. Drew MacEwen presented the annual...
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March 17, 2023

Legislature makes half-steps toward progress on crime and drugs

Lawmakers begin correcting mistakes made two years ago on police pursuits, drug decriminalization — but need to go further Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Drew MacEwen’s subscribers March 17, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. MacEwen’s e-newsletter, click here.  Dear friends and neighbors, Two weeks ago, a horrific...
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March 07, 2023

MacEwen: Washington’s first carbon auction is windfall for state bureaucracy, bad news for motorists, economy

Carbon ‘allowances’ twice as expensive as predicted two years ago Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, ranking Republican on the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee, offered the following comment regarding Washington state’s first carbon-allowance auction. Results were announced Tuesday by the Department of Ecology, a week after the Feb. 28 auction....
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March 03, 2023

Senate passes MacEwen bill to boost rural domestic violence shelter funding

Shelton’s Turning Pointe shelter would benefit under new funding formula OLYMPIA – Shelton’s Turning Pointe domestic violence shelter would be among the beneficiaries of a new funding plan Sen. Drew MacEwen shepherded through the Senate Friday. Senate Bill 5398 creates a workgroup under the Department of Social and Health Services...
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February 28, 2023

Cancellation of Tenino sex predator group home is relief, 35th District lawmakers say

Will continue seeking legislation to fix underlying policy OLYMPIA – Cancellation of a planned Tenino-area group home for sex predators offers relief for South Thurston County, say lawmakers representing the 35th Legislative District, but Olympia isn’t finished with the issue. The lawmakers say they will continue to press for bills...
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February 13, 2023

Police pursuit issue calls attention to the Legislature’s mistake

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. MacEwen’s subscribers Feb. 13, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. MacEwen’s email, click here. Concerns about sex-predator housing spread — it’s not just an issue for Tenino Dear friends and neighbors, Sometimes it’s hard for the Legislature to admit a mistake. We are...
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