State Legislature

Washington state moves closer to bump stock ban

SB 5992 passed the House of Representatives 56-41 on Friday, Feb. 23, largely along party lines.

Bill would exempt certain legislative records from public disclosure | Updated

Senate Bill 6617 was introduced Feb. 21; is not subject to hearings

Frame 352 of the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film, which allegedly depicts a Sasquatch walking in Northern California. (Robert Patterson/Bob Gimlin image)

Bigfoot eludes state recognition yet again

The Sasquatch would have joined the apple and steelhead trout as Washington state emblems.

Frame 352 of the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film, which allegedly depicts a Sasquatch walking in Northern California. (Robert Patterson/Bob Gimlin image)

Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the state Senate

After passionate floor debate, the bill moves to the state House

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate

Gov. Inslee proposed a $20 per ton of emitted carbon tax.

After mass shootings, lawmakers clash over gun legislation

At least 10 firearms bills introduced early in session; four still stand chance at becoming law.

First Amendment rights for student newspapers moves through Legislature

Student newspapers could get additional free speech protections.

Legislators to host Bremerton, Poulsbo town hall meetings

Two chances to chat with Rep. Appleton, Rep. Hansen, and Sen. Rolfes

State Senate pushes its own car tab tax reduction

Proponents say it will bring relief to taxpayers and maintain transit funding.

‘Ban the Box’ bill employment bill advances in state House

State Rep. Caldier said bill barring criminal history question on applications doesn’t go far enough.

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island: Net pen ban “is a strong stance to ensure the protection of our marine environment and native salmon populations in the Salish Sea.” (Contributed photo)

Atlantic salmon net pens one step closer to ban

SB 6086 moves to the state House of Representatives for consideration

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island: Net pen ban “is a strong stance to ensure the protection of our marine environment and native salmon populations in the Salish Sea.” (Contributed photo)

Bigfoot eludes state recognition yet again

The Sasquatch would have joined the apple and steelhead trout as Washington state emblems.

Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response

Pilot project would partner mental health professionals, local law enforcement officers

Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students

OLYMPIA— A proposal to establish the Evergreen Free College Program would phase in funding to pay tuition for students from low- and middle-income families. SB… Continue reading

Bipartisan bills target Cold War-era prohibition on nuclear attack preparations

Revived nuclear attack fears have sparked two planning preparation bills in the state Legislature.

Affirmative action could make a comeback in Washington state

Legislators seek to repeal an existing law meant to outlaw preferences based on race and gender.

Angel given award for service to veterans

26th District senator is an advocate for veterans and their families.

Bremerton school board member challenging Young for 26th District House seat

Naomi Evans cites her ‘collaborative work in improving student outcomes’

The City of Poulsbo will receive $400,000 toward the purchase of four acres in the Viking Avenue area, south of Liberty Road and between 5th Avenue and a city waterfront trail. (Jacob Moore/Kitsap News Group)
The City of Poulsbo will receive $400,000 toward the purchase of four acres in the Viking Avenue area, south of Liberty Road and between 5th Avenue and a city waterfront trail. (Jacob Moore/Kitsap News Group)

Senate Democrats push workplace safety for commercial janitors

Keiser: ‘Even now, in 2018, sanitation is still a dangerous profession’