Emma Epperly

Halfway through his first legislative session Ybarra plans to run for re-election

Rep. Alex Ybarra describes his time so far in the Washington State Legislature as a whirlwind. Ybarra was appointed to the Washington House of Representatives… Continue reading


Gov. Jay Inslee signs into law the second bill to be passed by the Legislature this session. The Native American Voting Rights Act allows the use of non-traditional address to be used for voter registration for residents who live on Indian reservations. – Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

Native American Voting Rights Act signed into law

WNPA Olympia News Bureau The Native American Voting Rights Act was signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at a March 14 ceremony. “We believe these… Continue reading


School bond vote requirements to remain the same after Senate vote fails

Floor debate showed a wide range of opinions from lawmakers


Senate unanimously votes to create statewide broadband office

Creates grant and loan program to fund broadband expansion

Senate creates commission to review major airport location options

A list of the top six location finalists would be completed by January.

Senate votes to extend extreme-risk protection orders to minors

Expands ERPO law put into place in voter initiative

Senate bill targets agricultural human trafficking

Would require agricultural product suppliers to report human rights violations to retail sellers

Bill requiring comprehensive sex education passes Senate

WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA — The state Senate, in a party-line 28-21 vote, passed a bill Wednesday that would require public schools to teach… Continue reading

Legislature hears public testimony on $30 Car Tab Initiative

Initiative would reduce car tabs to a flat rate and will appear on November ballot

Senate passes bill prohibiting citizenship-based discrimination

WNPA Olympia News Bureau The Washington state Senate passed a bill Tuesday adding citizenship or immigration status to the “law against discrimination,” with 29 in… Continue reading

Senate Minority Leader alleges Dems illegally used state facilities for campaign training

Schoesler to file ethics violations against multiple senate democrats