Emma Epperly

Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, speaks to “March for Our Rights” rally in Olympia on April 27. — Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

‘March for Our Rights’ gun rally held in Olympia

WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA – Hundreds of people gathered for a “March for Our Rights” gun-rights rally last Saturday on the Washington Capitol campus.… Continue reading

 

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                                A $52.4 billion biennium operating budget was passed by the state Legislature before its midnight deadline on April 28.

Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, new spending

Budget includes levy lid lift for school districts

 

Winners and losers ID’d in legislative session

Tobacco age raised, death penalty bill defeated in 2019 legislative session

 

Senate passes bill to remove the personal exemption to the measles vaccine

WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA – In a late night party-line vote, the Washington state Senate approved removing the personal exemption for the measles, mumps… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee shakes hands with Dinah Griffey after signing Senate Bill 5649. Inslee mentioned both Rep. Dan Griffey and his wife Dinah Griffey in his remarks on the bill. Photo by Emma Epperly, <em>WNPA Olympia News Bureau</em>

New law erases or extends statute of limitations for various sex crimes

Removes statute of limitations for most child sex offenses

Gov. Jay Inslee shakes hands with Dinah Griffey after signing Senate Bill 5649. Inslee mentioned both Rep. Dan Griffey and his wife Dinah Griffey in his remarks on the bill. Photo by Emma Epperly, <em>WNPA Olympia News Bureau</em>

Getting eyeball tattoos to be illegal in Washington State

OLYMPIA — The state Senate voted on Tuesday to make the procedure of scleral tattooing illegal in Washington State. The bill passed the House on… Continue reading

Daylight saving time year round passes Senate

Dependent on US Congress approval

Legislation to reduce rape kit processing times heads to gov

Sets the goal of ending the backlog by 2021

Woman on hunger strike to save the Southern Resident Orcas

Lanni Johnson is a 71-year-old woman who has been sitting in front of the Capitol Building in Olympia on a hunger strike for orcas. Johnson… Continue reading

Legislation to confiscate firearms in domestic violence situations moves forward

Firearms would be removed from domestic violence situations for 5 days

Senate passes amended state operating budget

More than half goes to K-12 education; negotiations begin between Senate, House

Senate Democrats roll out budget and accompanying ‘Fix Our Tax Code’ plan

Includes a graduated real estate excise tax and separate capital gains tax

Seattle Public School’s librarians hold up signs on the capitol building steps, in protest of funding cuts that have resulted in cuts to libraries. Kate Eads, who organized the event, can be seen holding a megaphone addressing the group.—Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

School librarians demonstrate at the Capitol to protest funding cuts

New reduced levy caps cut funding for libraries

Seattle Public School’s librarians hold up signs on the capitol building steps, in protest of funding cuts that have resulted in cuts to libraries. Kate Eads, who organized the event, can be seen holding a megaphone addressing the group.—Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

Bill raising the purchase age of tobacco products to 21 heads to governor

18-year-olds will still be able to purchase tobacco products on tribal lands

“Ghost Gun” bill moves to Senate Committees

Bill would make 3-D printed guns illegal, along with the sale of said guns

Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

Would increase levy cap from $1.50 to $2.50

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

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

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