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 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Fallout from I-976: Senator balance transportation budget despite revenue shortfall

Facing a shortfall of $450 million, lawmakers patched together a budget in late February to fund highway maintenance, the Washington State Patrol and other transportation projects. The Senate Transportation Committee developed a pr... — Updated 3/6/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Vice President arrives with federal health experts to 'epicenter' of U.S. coronavirus outbreak 

On the day Washington state recorded its 11th death from the COVID-19 virus, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Pierce County to meet with Gov. Jay Inslee and state health... — Updated 3/5/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation 

Courts could be one step closer to ordering people subject to vulnerable adult protection orders to surrender their firearms after the House voted 55 to 42 on Friday, Feb. 14 in favor of a bill that expands authority to do so.... — Updated 2/21/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Parents and teachers express concerns over mandatory sex ed

Parents, students, and educational professionals voiced their concerns in a public hearing about a bill that would mandate comprehensive sexual education in public schools beginning as soon as kindergarten. Lorraine Jenne, chair... — Updated 2/21/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Senate passes bill requiring comprehensive sex-ed in public schools

A proposed law to require school districts to implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum emphasizing healthy relationships and consent was passed after a 28-21 vote by the state Senate yesterday. If signed into law, Engr... — Updated 2/21/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

House lawmakers pass bill to ban expansion of ICE detention center in Tacoma

The state House of Representatives voted 85-12 on a bill that would ban the expansion of an Immigration Customs Enforcement detention center in Tacoma. House Bill 2640 asserts that the privately-owned building, used to detain... — Updated 2/14/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

Lawmakers move to ban styrofoam food containers in Washington state

Lawmakers plan to eliminate the use of styrofoam food-service products in Washington state by enacting a bill to stop its sale and distribution. Senate bill 6213, sponsored by Senator Mona Das, D- Kent, and its companion House... — Updated 2/14/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Lawmakers aim to make childcare more accessible and easier to certify

Parents could have better access to childcare providers if lawmakers pass a bill that aims to make the childcare certification process cheaper and easier. The primary sponsor of House Bill 2556, Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, said he... — Updated 2/14/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

Washington state moves to eliminate youth solitary confinement

Washington state lawmakers plan to ban solitary confinement as a form of punishment in juvenile detention facilities. “Nationally, there’s a growing consensus that solitary confinement is both unconstitutional and inhumane,... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Democratic controlled house passes clean fuels bill despite bipartisan opposition

People will be asked to use a lot less gasoline and to convert to alternative clean fuels in the next 15 years if a proposal before the Legislature becomes law. After lengthy debate, Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1110... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

Lawmakers propose a plan to treat mentally ill people without their consent

People unable to care for themselves due to mental illnesses could be subject to receiving treatment, even without their consent, if Washington state legislators pass a law to establish executorships for people who are... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Armed 2nd Amendment supporters rallied in resistance at Capitol

Roughly 100 gun rights activists marched on the State Capitol on Friday, Jan. 31, and rallied in opposition to recently proposed gun regulation bills. Matt Marshall, leader of the... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Lawmakers consider a grow-your-own recreational marijuana bill

People may be allowed to grow up to six of their own cannabis plants and up to 15 plants per household if the Legislature passes House Bill 1131 or its companion, Senate Bill 5155. Under current law, people can obtain... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Advisory votes on tax increases under fire

Advisory votes that give voters a chance to let lawmakers know their opinions on legislation to increase taxes may be removed from future ballots. Instead, senators are considering replacing advisory votes with a public opinion... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Lawmakers propose cap and trade amid continued push for an emission-reduction policy

A proposed cap and trade program is under consideration in the Senate as lawmakers continue to explore ways to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Senate Bill 5981, with Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Queen Anne, as its... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison sentences. Senate Bill 6211 was heard by the Law and... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Governor signs into law tax bill to help fund higher education

Fewer businesses will be asked to foot the bill for higher education programs after Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6492 on Monday, Feb 10. The bill will... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Senate passes bill requiring comprehensive sex-ed in public schools

A proposed law to require school districts to implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum emphasizing healthy relationships and consent was passed after a 28-21 vote by the state Senate yesterday. If signed into law, Engr... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

Proposed law adds a fee to plastic bags at check out

In an attempt to reduce plastic pollution, a bill banning retailers from handing out free single-use plastic bags in the state of Washington is moving in the Legislature. The bill,... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Industry leaders worry clean-fuel program could hurt economy

Democrats in the state Legislature are backing bills aimed at reducing carbon emissions and pollutants put into the atmosphere by transportation fuels with the goal of achieving a 95% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Gun rights advocates rally at Capitol

OLYMPIA - On what turned out to be a cold and rainy day, nearly 150 people from across Washington gathered Jan. 17 on the state Capitol steps in support of their right to bear... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

Governor talks up state's positives, notes areas to improve

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee stood before the Washington Legislature to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. "Washington state indeed embodies the best in... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

Five new lawmakers were sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session

Two state Senators and three new House of Representatives members were welcomed into their newly appointed positions for the 2020 legislative session in Washington this week. In the House, there are currently 57 Democrats and 41... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Democrats push to require firearm training for concealed carriers

OLYMPIA -- A proposal by Senate Democrats would require concealed pistol license applicants to complete a safety course. Senate Bill 6294 would require conceal-carry permit holders to complete eight hours of training that would... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

Complaint alleging racist language filed against Democratic lawmaker

Washington Asians for Equality and the American Coalition for Equality filed a complaint to the Secretary of Senate and Senate Counsels against Sen. Patty Kurderer, D-Bellevue, demanding an apology for her use of what they... — Updated 1/21/2020

 

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