Nine women testified before the Legislature about sexual assaultsMarch 9, 2018 midnight read more..
On the final day of the legislative session, lawmakers approved a last-minute supplemental budget deal that funnels roughly $1 billion to K-12 public education and a $400 million one-time reduction in state property taxes.March 8, 2018 8 p.m. read more..
In a last-minute effort lawmakers, cops, and community activists reached a deal on lowering the legal standard for prosecuting officers who kill in the line of duty.March 8, 2018 6 p.m. read more..
The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed or extended leases on marine net pen farms that raise “nonnative” fish. The legislation passed the Senate on March 2 and is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk, where it awaits his signature before becoming law.March 8, 2018 noon read more..
More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in support of gun-control legislation. Partnering with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility on Tuesday, March 6, they called on lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 6620.March 7, 2018 3:30 p.m. read more..
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House Democrats passed a controversial bill that restructures how home healthcare workers contract with the state despite all 48 Republican members refusing to vote on it. Senate Bill 6199 was requested by the state Department of Social and Human Services.March 7, 2018 2:20 p.m. read more..
Two Yakima Valley teenagers recently wrapped up their stints as pages in the state Senate. Tristan DeRuyter of Zillah and Genevieve Borrego of Cowiche both assisted 15th Legislative District Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside for a week in the Capitol Building and in their offices.March 6, 2018 4:43 p.m. read more..
A controversial gun-control bill banning bump stocks was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 5922 previously passed both chambers of the Legislature by slim margins along party lines. The vote was 29-20 in the Senate and 56-41 in the House of Representatives.March 6, 2018 3:05 p.m. read more..
The Utilities and Transportation Commission has appointed Judge Rayne Pearson as interim director of the Administrative Law Division. Pearson will coordinate the division’s dockets of complex, high stakes, multi-party litigation relating to regulation of UTC companies. She will also oversee the commission's Records Center and Tariff Section.March 6, 2018 9:15 a.m. read more..
A local lawmaker has three bills awaiting the governor's signature to become law. Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, shepherded her House Bill 2101, 2951 and 1539 through the legislative process and onto the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee this session.March 5, 2018 4:47 p.m. read more..
Tests of new emergency notification system to take place via text, email and phone calls.March 2, 2018 3:28 p.m. read more..