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Before heading to the governor’s desk, the bill will return to the Senate for another vote.
Critics slam the move as a blow to government transparency.
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
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
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
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 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
State Democrats push labor union-friendly bills while Republicans cry foul play.
After passionate floor debate, the bill moves to the House.
The State Legislature is considering training aimed at improving child safety.
Former U.S. Secretary of State said “Washington has an opportunity to lead.”
The House of Representatives votes to end questioning criminal history on job applications.
The bill would do away with a law that opponents say is antiquated and xenophobic.
In addition to education, the program would help students find housing and provide meal plans and stipends for clothing, laundry, and showers.
The bill would provide assistance for residents that make less than 70 percent of the state median income.
The Evergreen Free College Program being called for would benefit both middle-income and low-income students.
A twice-failed bill would have named the mythic creature as the official state cryptid.
The measure would also update state oil spill contingency plans.
The aim is to provide those in need with services instead of jail time.