Emma Scher

Washington representatives stand up for Puerto Rico

WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA — Washington may become the fourth state to petition the federal government to integrate Puerto Rico into the United States,… Continue reading

 

Legislators get wheelie serious about motorized scooters

WNPA Olympia News Bureau The state legislature may increase regulation on motor scooter sharing services in Washington cities. Most scooter sharing services function the same… Continue reading

 

Lawmakers seek to regulate homeless camps on church property

WNPA Olympia Bureau Washington cities like Lynnwood, Kirkland, Bothell, Seattle and Sammamish all have municipal codes regulating temporary homeless encampments. Senate Bill 5644 would create… Continue reading

 

Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane addresses about three dozen people who drove from the east side of the Cascades to rally for gun rights and for their own state. Shea proposes legislation to form a 51st state on the east side of Washington. Photo by Sean Harding, <em>WNPA Olympia News Bureau</em>

Group calling for 51st state meet in Olympia

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Representative Matt Shea, R-Spokane, was greeted by a few dozen constituents on Friday in support of Second Amendment rights and his… Continue reading

Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane addresses about three dozen people who drove from the east side of the Cascades to rally for gun rights and for their own state. Shea proposes legislation to form a 51st state on the east side of Washington. Photo by Sean Harding, <em>WNPA Olympia News Bureau</em>

Lawmakers propose task force on missing and murdered indigenous women

WNPA Olympia News Bureau — According to a report by the Urban Indian Health Institute, Seattle has more cases of missing and murdered American Indian… Continue reading

Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Some convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may be able to apply to have the crime vacated from their records. Individuals would… Continue reading

Lawmakers consider 1 percent loans for college students

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Democrats are pushing to fund a program that would give Washington high school graduates access to state student loans at a… Continue reading

Burial, cremation, or…compost?

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Giving a whole new meaning to “pushing up daisies,” Washington residents may be able to compost their bodies into soil when… Continue reading

House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided

WNPA Olympia News Bureau A package of bills aimed at reforming eviction practices were considered in the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee this week.… Continue reading

Profiled pooch owners may be able to appeal breed-based bans in cities

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Cities that ban certain dog breeds would have to provide an appeal process for owners under proposed legislation that makes exceptions… Continue reading

Washington State explores new ways to assist homeless college students

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Two proposed bills could give homeless college students free room and board, reduced-price meals and access to short-term housing during seasonal… Continue reading

Homeless youth support may be extended and refined by Senate

WNPA Olympia News Bureau For the past nine years, the population of students in Washington experiencing homelessness has increased. More than 40,000 elementary, middle and… Continue reading

Everyone wants to clean up the energy sector, but parties disagree on how

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Democrats and Republicans both want to turn Washington into a clean energy state, but they just don’t agree on how to… Continue reading

Students trek to Olympia to support plastic straw ban

WNPA Olympia News Bureau Despite a bus cancellation, a group of students from Kirkland’s Lake Washington High School made it to Olympia on Jan. 24… Continue reading