Covington-Maple Valley Reporter
In an unprecedented move, South King County mayors representing every city whose communities touch the 47th Legislative District have united to endorse Joe Fain for re-election to the Washington State Senate.
“Breaking ground on this park is the result of a great deal of work by community members who had a vision to improve our region and are making it happen,” said Sen. Fain (R-Auburn), who secured a $650,000 grant for the park in the state’s 2013 capital budget. “Providing opportunities for families to recreate is vitally important to this growing area. I cannot wait to see the incredible community asset this park will be for many years."
State Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, said he turns down the money to dispel any notion that politicians welcome the special session so they can make a few extra bucks.
Fain, the GOP floor leader, is one of the few legislators in Olympia frequently during overtime sessions. Several others in leadership positions, including Senate budget writer John Braun, R-Centralia, and House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, also took no per diem early in the first special session.
Senate Bill 5064, introduced by Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, would designate school media as “public forums for expression” and make students responsible for determining content so long as it is not slanderous or libelous, unjustly invades privacy, violates federal or state law or encourages students to break school rules or commit crimes.
“It’s about expanding the culture of freedom of speech and freedom of the press so that more students have an appreciation of that early on,” Fain said. “Beyond that, we need watchdogs.”
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - One Washington senator believes that a financial incentive might help future lawmakers get their work done on time. Republican Sen. Joe Fain introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent lawmakers from raising campaign funds for the same number of days that it takes them to adopt an operating, capital or transportation budget during any special session.
Kudos to a state senator from Auburn for coming up with a news-delivery platform for the attention-deficit generation.
“60 Minutes” is for fogeys. Joe Fain can tell you everything you need to know in 57 seconds.
“Washington’s strong open government laws allow people to remain informed about actions that affect everyone,” said Fain. “Ensuring officials know exactly what is expected of them will help many different statewide jurisdictions maintain a high level of transparency. More informed government officials will also greatly reduce potential violations, ultimately saving taxpayers money.”
On Tuesday, State Sen.Joe Fain, R-Auburn, filed paperwork for a bill that would expand the fundraising restriction in odd-numbered years, the years when the Legislature puts together the state's biennial operating budgets. The bill would forbid fundraising by elected officials until a biennial budget is passed — eliminating quickie fundraising surges between special sessions if budget talks go into overtime.