Woman who gave state the Hirst decision
Getting behind Gov. Jay Inslee’s big push for a carbon tax, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz sent a letter to state leaders yesterday declaring that climate change poses a threat to state lands and waters.
Joins western states in marijuana war
Gov. Jay Inslee expressed a defiant attitude toward U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced on Thursday the rescinding of Obama-era guidelines that assisted the legalization of non-medical marijuana in Washington, seven other states and the District of Columbia.
Measure aims at rapid-fire capabilities
A bill is being introduced in the state Senate to ban gun parts intended to increase a firearm’s rate-of-fire.
Lawmakers may make up bill to eliminate executions
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is pushing lawmakers to eliminate the death penalty and require first-degree murder convicts to serve life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Van De Wege introduces bill to allow wells for five years
A pre-filed Senate bill could give rural residents temporary relief from the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision if it is signed into law.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the next step for responsibly developing the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024.
It was a light night of business for the first City Council meeting of the year Monday.
Republicans will fight the governor’s carbon tax
Are you ready for the state to add another dollar to the price of gasoline? A local legislator says that just may be the case.
Party will select new chair at winter party gathering
The longtime Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, Susan Hutchison, will step down from her leadership role on Feb. 4.
Shea hopes for federal land management change in West
An Eastern Washington lawmaker instrumental in uncovering whistleblower documents in the “Battle of Bunkerville” standoff in Nevada is hopeful the effort will bring improved land management practices to the Pacific Northwest, and the entire West.
They want spending controlled
Republicans are the minority in state government now, but that does mean they’re going away. They are warming to Gov. Jay Inslee a bit.
State officials to use bully pulpit for concessions
On the eve of the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to repeal the so-called “net neutrality” rules, Gov. Jay Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said they will be fighting back.
Local legislators say this ploy is nothing new
Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, introduced a Washington Voting Rights Act to the state Senate on Wednesday.
Republican tax plan a boon for rural residents
A family of four with an income of $52,000 per year could get away without paying income tax under a plan offered by Republicans.
Bill would make it easier to do water projects
Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse of Sunnnyside and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced a bill H.R. 4419 yesterday that would streamline the Bureau of Reclamation’s and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ environmental planning and study process for new water projects.