Legislative Session

Executive Director for WSPS Tricia Benson and Kitsap County Commissioner Robert Gelder testified in front of the Senate Human Services, Reentry, and Rehabilitation Committee on Feb. 4, 2020. (WA Legislature)

Olympia considers legislation on SVP’s and LRA’s

Multiple bills concerning the placement and treatment of Washington’s Sexually Violent Predators, have been making their way through the House and Senate that could have… Continue reading

 

Elected officials stress climate legislation at local forum

Elected officials stress climate legislation at local forum

Rep. Derek Kilmer, state Sen. Rolfes and Gov. Jay Inslee address climate change issues

 

Senator Rolfes visits Bremerton to discuss local issues

Senator Rolfes visits Bremerton to discuss local issues

Christine Rolfes (D) has served as the Washington State Senator for the 23rd District since 2011

Senator Rolfes visits Bremerton to discuss local issues
State Sen. Christine Rolfes to host community conversations across Kitsap County in early December

State Sen. Christine Rolfes to host community conversations across Kitsap County in early December

Event gives folks a chance to comment or ask questions about legislation that affects Kitsap

State Sen. Christine Rolfes to host community conversations across Kitsap County in early December
NKSD narrows down legislative priorities

NKSD narrows down legislative priorities

On the business end of the North Kitsap School District’s (NKSD) Sept. 12 meeting, the school board narrowed down legislative priorities it would like to… Continue reading

NKSD narrows down legislative priorities
DV survivors could get new protections from discrimination

DV survivors could get new protections from discrimination

Lawmakers heard the bill in the Senate Committee for Labor and Commerce on Feb. 19.

DV survivors could get new protections from discrimination
Capital Budget clears Senate Ways & Means Committee

Capital Budget clears Senate Ways & Means Committee

Funding for numerous Kitsap projects on the line

Capital Budget clears Senate Ways & Means Committee
<em>(From right) State representatives Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, and Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard, participate in a community discussion on bipartisanship “Finding Common Ground,” Sept. 26 in the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton. At left is discussion moderator Richard Walker of Kitsap News Group. (</em>Nick Twietmeyer | Kitsap News Group)

Bipartisanship is not a bad word

The job of a lawmaker is to take good ideas, make them better if possible, and enact them into law

<em>(From right) State representatives Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, and Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard, participate in a community discussion on bipartisanship “Finding Common Ground,” Sept. 26 in the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton. At left is discussion moderator Richard Walker of Kitsap News Group. (</em>Nick Twietmeyer | Kitsap News Group)
Gun rights supporters gather on the steps of the Capitol building for a rally Jan. 12.                                Taylor McAvoy of the WNPA Olympia News Bureau

Gun rights activists rally in opposition to five firearm bills

By TAYLOR MCAVOY | WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA — About 100 gun rights supporters rallied on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia… Continue reading

Gun rights supporters gather on the steps of the Capitol building for a rally Jan. 12.                                Taylor McAvoy of the WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Climate groups demand the state government uphold treaty rights, stop liquified natural gas construction in Tacoma, and abolish open-pen fish farms that they say endanger native salmon and other fish, Jan. 8 in Olympia. (WNPA Olympia News Bureau)

Activists occupy the front steps of the State Capitol

Call for protection of treaty rights, salmon, and the environment

Climate groups demand the state government uphold treaty rights, stop liquified natural gas construction in Tacoma, and abolish open-pen fish farms that they say endanger native salmon and other fish, Jan. 8 in Olympia. (WNPA Olympia News Bureau)
State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, told reporters Jan. 8 that he won’t be taking a job with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article193252109.html" target="_blank">as reported Jan. 5 in The Bellingham Herald</a>. (WNPA Olympia Bureau)

State senator isn’t taking a job in the Trump administration

Ericksen: “It’s much better for me to be here representing my constituents in the state Senate”

State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, told reporters Jan. 8 that he won’t be taking a job with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article193252109.html" target="_blank">as reported Jan. 5 in The Bellingham Herald</a>. (WNPA Olympia Bureau)
Lawmakers to introduce bill banning gun trigger modifications

Lawmakers to introduce bill banning gun trigger modifications

SB 5992 would ban modifications intended to increase a weapon’s rate of fire

Lawmakers to introduce bill banning gun trigger modifications
State lawmakers to again consider eliminating death penalty

State lawmakers to again consider eliminating death penalty

Would require life without parole for first-degree murder

State lawmakers to again consider eliminating death penalty
Despite new majority, Democrats won’t scramble for a capital gains tax

Despite new majority, Democrats won’t scramble for a capital gains tax

Nelson: ‘There a few members who have serious concerns about the volatility’

Despite new majority, Democrats won’t scramble for a capital gains tax
Senate Democrats take early aim at gun legislation

Senate Democrats take early aim at gun legislation

Magazines with 10 rounds or more would be illegal

Senate Democrats take early aim at gun legislation