State Legislature

Rep. Kristine Reeves, D-Federal Way, battled tears during the House floor debate on a bill to ban bump stocks, while her colleague Tana Senn, D- Mercer Island turned to comfort her. Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Washington State moves closer to bump stock ban

Before heading to the governor’s desk, the bill will return to the Senate for another vote.

Rep. Kristine Reeves, D-Federal Way, battled tears during the House floor debate on a bill to ban bump stocks, while her colleague Tana Senn, D- Mercer Island turned to comfort her. Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Legislators rewrite statute to exempt their records from public disclosure

Critics slam the move as a blow to government transparency.

A winter view of the Capitol in Olympia, where lawmakers have two weeks left in the legislative session. (Taylor McAvoy/WNPA Olympia Bureau)

Governor’s pitch to tax carbon makes it to Senate floor, but time is running out

The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed an amended version of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal to tax carbon emissions on Feb. 22. The legislation, SB… Continue reading

A winter view of the Capitol in Olympia, where lawmakers have two weeks left in the legislative session. (Taylor McAvoy/WNPA Olympia Bureau)

Legislators try to ram through a bill to restrict public access to their records; critics slam it as an attempt to shield lawmakers from public scrutiny

State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing a bill to exempt themselves from public records requests. The move comes on the heels… Continue reading

Washington Capitol Building (Taylor McAvoy photo)

Domestic violence survivors could get new protections from workplace discrimination

A proposed bill that easily passed the House of Representatives would provide discrimination protections for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. HB 2661 makes… Continue reading

Washington Capitol Building (Taylor McAvoy photo)

State forecast projects over a billion in additional tax revenue: ‘Extraordinary revenue growth is good news for lawmakers looking to balance budgets

State economists project that over a billion dollars in additional tax revenue will be flowing into government accounts over the next several years, impacting upcoming… Continue reading

First Amendment rights for student newspapers moves through Legislature: Student newspapers could get additional free speech protections

Lawmakers are considering adding protections for high school and college newspapers, allowing student journalists to determine their own content. SB 5064, sponsored by Senator Joe… Continue reading

Washington State Capitol. Photo by Nicole Jennings

Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid another discussion on mass shootings

Washington State lawmakers introduced a multitude of bills early this 2018 session on issues of gun regulation to address the multiple incidences of gun violence… Continue reading

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A fight over the role of unions erupts in Olympia

State Democrats push labor union-friendly bills while Republicans cry foul play.

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Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the Senate

After passionate floor debate, the bill moves to the House.

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Washington may soon teach sexual abuse prevention in schools

The State Legislature is considering training aimed at improving child safety.

Washington State Capitol. Photo by Nicole Jennings

John Kerry in Olympia to advocate for governor’s carbon tax

Former U.S. Secretary of State said “Washington has an opportunity to lead.”

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State legislators look to “ban the box”

The House of Representatives votes to end questioning criminal history on job applications.

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Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate

The bill would do away with a law that opponents say is antiquated and xenophobic.

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Lawmakers consider a plan to help homeless college students

In addition to education, the program would help students find housing and provide meal plans and stipends for clothing, laundry, and showers.

Lawmaker pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges

The bill would provide assistance for residents that make less than 70 percent of the state median income.

Students could utilize the proposed program to attend state colleges, including the University of Washington in Seattle. Photo by Punctured Bicycle/Wikimedia

Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students

The Evergreen Free College Program being called for would benefit both middle-income and low-income students.

Students could utilize the proposed program to attend state colleges, including the University of Washington in Seattle. Photo by Punctured Bicycle/Wikimedia

Bigfoot eludes state recognition yet again

A twice-failed bill would have named the mythic creature as the official state cryptid.

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Bill to tax oil in pipelines advances in state Senate

The measure would also update state oil spill contingency plans.

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Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response

The aim is to provide those in need with services instead of jail time.

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