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State Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, introduced a new bill last week that would reform the governor’s emergency powers, according to a statement released on Tuesday, Jan. 17.   House … more
People who change their names to hide from their abusers should be afforded more privacy. That, at least, is the conclusion Maia Xiao came to after a transgender friend committed suicide after … more
State Sen. Jim McCune introduced legislation on Wednesday, Jan. 25, which would recognize the “fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their … more
Washingtonians for Wildlife Conservation announced last week that it intends to sue Gov. Jay Inslee for an “out of balance” wildlife commission that fails to represent multiple … more
A new bill in the Washington State Senate could lower the Blood Alcohol Content threshold for DUIs from 0.08 to 0.05 statewide. The bill, SB 5002, was put forward by state Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill … more
Consumers will be able to purchase more low-THC liquid-infused products in a single purchase if a bill in the Legislature wins approval.  “HB 1249 is necessary to ensure that the … more
OLYMPIA — Washington students may soon have another option in high school — a state-run apprenticeship program in a number of different fields. As the Legislature looks to tackle … more
The Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) launched a new online application portal Monday for those interested in becoming foster parents or caregivers. The ultimate goal … more
On Thursday, Jan. 12, members of the Washington state House of Representative unanimously passed a resolution honoring Jamie Walsh, the recently deceased wife of state Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. … more
Cosmetology students will be able to register for their final exam before they have completed their course work if a bill under consideration by the state Legislature is approved. House Bill 1017, … more
Four dogs sat in a House hearing room and two more watched the room over Zoom as a legislative committee last week discussed rules dog handlers must follow in courthouses for dogs to assist people … more
The economy. Public safety. Homelessness and the housing shortage. Taxes. These vexing issues are front and center as the Washington Legislature convened this week for its first in-person … more
While neither party fully agrees, Washington’s House and Senate leaders have a desire to find middle ground with their counterparts on the state Supreme Court’s Blake Decision. But, … more
On an open-ended question in Crosscut-Elway’s annual poll, the single most-named issue registered Washington voters hoped the Legislature would focus on this session was … more
Budget leaders in the state Legislature were divided in their priorities for the upcoming legislative session during a question and answer session with reporters at the state Capitol on Thursday, … more
In a statement released on Friday, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he has partnered state Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, and state Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Anacortes, to … more
OLYMPIA — A new year often brings new laws set to go into effect, and this year brings two of the most controversial: a clean fuels standard and a cap-and-trade program. Both programs … more
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will be seeking public input on rule making for Columbian white-tailed deer and the Cascade red fox until Jan. 24. The announcement came in a … more
For years, Washington drivers licenses did not meet the REAL ID requirements, meaning that at a certain deadline they could no longer be used by someone for travel. That deadline, however, keeps … more
Washington state carried out three recounts for close races in November’s general election. According to the Washington secretary of state, ballots from the 3rd and 9th U.S. Congressional … more
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