Cameron Sheppard

Legislators have passed nearly 400 bills during their latest legislative session in Olympia. (File photo)

Legislators pass almost 400 bills in session

Gov. Inslee has until April 1 to sign bills

 

Governor unveils plans to help workers, renters and small businesses amid COVID-19 outbreak

Economic assistance to workers, renters and small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak will be provided by Governor Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 response… Continue reading

 

Scores show up to protest sex-ed directive

Protestors urge governor to veto Senate Bill 5395

 

Legislature promotes timber industry as carbon-negative

Forestry advocate says the industry reduces state’s net carbon emissions by 12%

Vice President Mike Pence, center and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, to his left with state and federal officials addressed discussed a cooperative response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Cameron Sheppard | WNPA News Service)

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.… Continue reading

Vice President Mike Pence, center and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, to his left with state and federal officials addressed discussed a cooperative response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Cameron Sheppard | WNPA News Service)

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

Washington is first state to confirm fatalities from COVID-19

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

Washington is first state to confirm fatalities from COVID-19

Senators balance transportation budget despite I-976 revenue shortfall

Lawmakers warn that new revenue streams will be needed for future sustainability

Senate Democrats propose $5 million for coronavirus pandemic impact

Overseas ports closing hit companies that depend on international shipping

Senate GOP proposes alternate solutions to state’s homelessness crisis

One suggestion would empower law enforcement and remove barriers to prosecution

Economic growth adds money to state coffers

Democratic funding priorities focus on addressing homelessness, climate change

Narrow Senate vote approves collection of gun violence data

Bill sponsor says better data collection would help prevent gun violence

House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation

Bill would apply to people who have threatened to use a firearm against a vulnerable adult

Lawmakers consider a grow-your-own recreational marijuana bill

Cannabis retailers say they would not be threatened

Inslee signs tax bill to help fund higher education

Bill signing is first of 2020 legislative session

House passes clean fuels bill despite bipartisan opposition

Opponents believe it could raise gas prices and adversely impact rural communities

Armed 2nd Amendment supporters rally in Olympia

Protesters demand to speak with lawmakers and ask for due process for Rep. Shea

Lawmakers hear pitch to replace gas tax with a fee per mile driven

Transportation officials recommend 10-year transition away from gas tax

Senate passes bill requiring comprehensive sex-ed in public schools

The curriculum would emphasize consent and sexual violence prevention

Democrats push to require firearm training for concealed carriers

Opponents believe it could impede their right to self-defense