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February 26, 2024

Senate budget funds measures to combat fentanyl addiction, overdoses

OLYMPIA – Republican proposals to tackle skyrocketing fentanyl usage and overdose deaths in Washington state are funded in the operating budget passed by the Washington Senate Friday. The $71.6 billion budget bill contains funding for local law enforcement task forces, a public education campaign focused on opioids and tribal opioid...
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February 22, 2024

Hearings set on three initiatives

Note: This e-newsletter originally was distributed to Sen. Gildon’s subscribers Feb. 22, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Gildon’s e-newsletters, click here.    Dear Friends and Neighbors, We’ve had some surprising news at the statehouse. Our majority Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate have announced they will permit hearings on three...
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February 14, 2024

Senate passes bill bringing social services into the smartphone age

Note: This e-newsletter originally was distributed to Sen. Gildon’s subscribers Feb. 14, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Gildon’s e-newsletters, click here.  I’m excited to be working this year on a concept that brings social services into the smartphone era, with an app connecting people to the programs they need. I call...
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February 13, 2024

Senate passes bills to tackle opioid addiction, overdose deaths

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s fast-rising rate of opioid addiction and overdose deaths are targeted by a pair of bills that emerged from the state Senate this week. Both measures passed the Senate 49-0 and now move to the House. The bills launch a coordinated statewide education program aimed at youths...
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February 09, 2024

BREAKING NEWS: Unneeded property tax hike is stopped in Senate

Note: This e-newsletter originally was distributed to Sen. Gildon’s subscribers Feb. 9, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Gildon’s e-newsletters, click here.  I joined Senate Republicans at a news conference Thursday as SB 5770 was poised for a vote. You can see my remarks by clicking here. Dear friends and neighbors, Ready...
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February 08, 2024

The people upstage Olympia with six initiatives

Note: This e-newsletter originally was distributed to Sen. Gildon’s subscribers Feb. 8, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Gildon’s e-newsletters, click here.  Dear friends and neighbors, One of the most important developments in Olympia this year didn’t start with the Legislature. It started with the people. Six initiatives have been presented to...
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February 06, 2024

Fentanyl education bill passes Senate committee as pills fall to 25 cents in Portland

OLYMPIA – A bill launching a public education campaign to prevent drug overdoses cleared the Senate Ways and Means Committee before a key deadline Monday for passage of bills in the 2024 legislative session. Other elements of the ‘Recovery Washington’ package announced by Senate Republicans did not advance, but lawmakers...
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February 02, 2024

A look at three controversial bills

Note: This e-newsletter originally was distributed to Sen. Gildon’s subscribers Feb. 2, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Gildon’s e-newsletters, click here.  See video update by clicking here or on image above.    Dear friends and neighbors, In this week’s video update from Olympia, I explain three bills that have become...
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January 26, 2024

Senate Republicans introduce ‘Recovery Washington’ — a package of bills aimed at reducing overdoses

Note: This e-newsletter originally was distributed to Sen. Gildon’s subscribers Jan. 26, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Gildon’s e-newsletters, click here.    Click here to see Recovery Washington news conference. In a news conference Wednesday, I joined with Senate Republican Leader John Braun and Republican budget lead Sen. Lynda Wilson,...
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