Senate transportation co-chair raises questions about WSDOT pick for mega-project review leader Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and co-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, today expressed his concern about the state Department of Transportation’s choice of a former WSDOT administrator and project director to review three of the state’s transportation mega-projects. Newly-appointed Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson announced Thursday that Ron Paananen, now a... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: $9.8 billion transportation plan adds taxes, fees House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled their $9.8 billion transportation revenue proposal, but it won’t go very far unless they at least agree to put its biggest element to a popular vote, the Senate Transportation Committee co-chairman said. Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, said a proposed 10-cent gas tax increase doesn’t have... Read More...
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King says public must be consulted before new taxes are proposed Members of the House of Representatives Transportation Committee unveiled their 2013-15 transportation revenue package Wednesday. It calls for raising the gasoline tax by 2 cents each year for five years, increasing the commercial gross weight fee by 15 percent, raising the motor vehicle excise tax by 0.7 percent, raising the... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Why tanning is being compared to smoking in Olympia Teenagers hoping to get bronzed before the big dance or upcoming swim party will have to do it the old-fashioned way under a bill being heard Monday in Olympia. If passed, tanning would be illegal for those under 18. After hearing from parents who lost children to skin cancer years... Read More...
King sworn into office, named co-chair of Transportation Committee On the first day of the 2013 legislative session, Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson administered the oath of office to Republican Senator Curtis King, who represents the 14th District, to begin King’s second four-year term. Shortly thereafter, the Senate adopted a committee structure that installed King as the... Read More...
King to co-chair Senate Transportation Committee under new plan Under a new bipartisan banner, Democrat and Republican senators in the Washington State Senate today announced the formation of a Majority Coalition Caucus to lead the Senate during the 2013 legislative session. Twenty-five state senators have committed themselves to the new majority group, including Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, who will... Read More...
Senators King, Honeyford win “Guardian of Small Business” award The National Federation of Independent Business has named state Sens. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, as recipients of its Guardians of Small Business Award for 2012. The award is given to legislators with strong records of sponsoring and supporting legislation vital to the creation, growth and survival of... Read More...
King bill will lessen burden on Washington farmers, employees Gov. Christine Gregoire signed Senate Bill 6423 Thursday afternoon, clarifying in state law that farmers and their employees are not required to possess commercial driver’s licenses under certain conditions. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, received unanimous support from the Washington State Senate and passed the House of... Read More...
King’s prevailing-wage bill signed into law Gov. Christine Gregoire signed Senate Bill 6421 Thursday afternoon, a measure that will speed up the process of returning retainage to our state’s contractors and subcontractors more quickly to avoid potentially negative effects on a contractor’s bonding capacity and financial viability. Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, sponsored the bill, which received... Read More...