State Legislature

Lawmakers file bill to eliminate postage need for mail ballots

The legislation would make mail-in election process postage-free.

Lawmakers propose new strategy after voters nix carbon tax

Four environmental reform bills filed on Thursday

Sheldon introduces bill to enhance target-shooting area safety

The bill would require DNR to establish target-shooting areas in Mason, Skagit counties.

Caldier pre-files legislative bills for start of session

One proposal would provide oversight on nonprofit health care CEO, board salaries

Randall’s 104-vote margin edges McClendon for state Senate seat

But the narrow lead will result in a manual recount in Kitsap, Pierce counties.

Angel ending her elective career

Legislator and commissioner, Angel has followed a sometimes difficult path to public service

Candidates provide an introduction to Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce members

PORT ORCHARD — Candidates running for seats in the 26th and 35th legislative districts who have moved on to the general election Nov. 6 shared… Continue reading

Caldier blasts opponent over ethics charge

Legislative Ethics Board dismisses complaint that representative improperly directed state funding.

Rep. Young assessed another legislative ethics fine

The 26th District state legislator is fined $1,500 for mixing state, campaign work at town halls.

Taskforce on public records law sits vacant while Legislature sorts things out

OLYMPIA — A bunch of folks at the William D. Ruckelshaus Center are waiting to help bring about detente in the public records battle between… Continue reading

Marty McClendon

Sen. Jan Angel withdraws from 26th District race

Port Orchard Republican incumbent throws support to Marty McClendon of Gig Harbor.

Marty McClendon

Property tax issue a spectator sport in Olympia

Property tax and car tabs issues are likely to be campaign fodder this fall.

Washington becomes fourth state to ban bump stocks

Gov. Inslee signs bill into law March 6.

Jerry Cornfield

A whole lot of shakin’ may be ahead for state Legislature this fall

All 98 seats in the House and 25 seats in the Senate are up for election.

Jerry Cornfield

Caldier frustrated by sexual assault bills’ no-vote status

Senate leadership’s other priorities likely to blame.

Caldier to host March 13 telephone town hall

The 26th District state representative to provide legislative session recap, then take questions.

A behind the scenes look at the late-night veto of the public records bill

How negotiations between the governor’s office, lawmakers and media organizations stopped the controversial legislation

Inslee’s carbon tax bill dead in the water

Senate sponsor said the bill is one to two votes short out of committee.

Lawmakers go into damage control with backlash over public records bill

OLYMPIA — Following last week’s rapid-fire vote on a bill to exempt the Legislature from state public records laws, lawmakers are going into damage control… Continue reading

Democratic lawmakers unveil conflicting budget proposals

Senate and House Democrats are at odds over education funding and how to cut property taxes.