State Legislature

House approves ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

Chokeholds prohibited, car chases limited

 

Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny

Some calls appear motivated by racism, bill proponents say

 

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

 

Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

SB 5147 will exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax

Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free
Scores show up to protest sex-ed directive

Scores show up to protest sex-ed directive

Protestors urge governor to veto Senate Bill 5395

Scores show up to protest sex-ed directive
Sex education becomes a requirement for state public schools

Sex education becomes a requirement for state public schools

Opponents fear the content could be graphic and the material too mature for children

Sex education becomes a requirement for state public schools
Legislature bans single-use plastic bags in state

Legislature bans single-use plastic bags in state

SB 5323 banning retailers from giving out single-use plastic bags for free passed in legislation

Legislature bans single-use plastic bags in state
Legislature promotes timber industry as carbon-negative

Legislature promotes timber industry as carbon-negative

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

Legislature promotes timber industry as carbon-negative
New laws enacted affect courthouse arrests, hairstyles and domestic worker treatment

New laws enacted affect courthouse arrests, hairstyles and domestic worker treatment

HB 2567 prohibits warrantless arrests within one mile of a court facility

New laws enacted affect courthouse arrests, hairstyles and domestic worker treatment
State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

Washington is first state to confirm fatalities from COVID-19

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak
State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

Washington is first state to confirm fatalities from COVID-19

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak
Informed consent soon required for pelvic exams in state

Informed consent soon required for pelvic exams in state

Unauthorized pelvic exams are currently not illegal in Washington state

Informed consent soon required for pelvic exams in state
Senators balance transportation budget despite I-976 revenue shortfall

Senators balance transportation budget despite I-976 revenue shortfall

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

Senators balance transportation budget despite I-976 revenue shortfall

Senate Democrats propose $5 million for coronavirus pandemic impact

Overseas ports closing hit companies that depend on international shipping

Washington State Legislature                                Senate Bill 6561 to establish a student loan program for undocumented immigrants, is under consideration now in the House.

Undocumented students could soon be eligible for college loans

Undocumented and DACA students are currently not eligible to receive federal student loans

Washington State Legislature                                Senate Bill 6561 to establish a student loan program for undocumented immigrants, is under consideration now in the House.
Senate GOP proposes alternate solutions to state’s homelessness crisis

Senate GOP proposes alternate solutions to state’s homelessness crisis

One suggestion would empower law enforcement and remove barriers to prosecution

Senate GOP proposes alternate solutions to state’s homelessness crisis
26th District lawmakers tout sponsored bills in Olympia

26th District lawmakers tout sponsored bills in Olympia

Randall’s Medicaid extension bill passes Senate unanimously; House GOP calls for $30 car tabs

26th District lawmakers tout sponsored bills in Olympia
Economic growth adds money to state coffers

Economic growth adds money to state coffers

Democratic funding priorities focus on addressing homelessness, climate change

Economic growth adds money to state coffers
House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation

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

House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation
Inslee signs tax bill to help fund higher education

Inslee signs tax bill to help fund higher education

Bill signing is first of 2020 legislative session

Inslee signs tax bill to help fund higher education