State Legislature

Capital Budget approved; millions allocated for Kitsap projects

But affordable housing across the state still threatened

Lawmakers say DISCLOSE Act would bring campaign donations out of the shadows

Would require reporting of large political contributions by nonprofit organizations

Bills would limit opioid prescriptions, invest in treatment options

But some pain sufferers are worried about losing access to medication they need

LGBTQ protection bills advance in state Senate

Would ban conversion therapy, require healthcare worker training

State lawmakers re-consider eliminating statute of limitations on sex crimes

Senate’s Law and Justice Committee is the next step for the bill

Spellman, others showed value of bipartisanship

Former governor is remembered for his bipartisanship.

Rep. Caldier criticizes HCA’s opioid policy change

OLYMPIA — A decision by the Washington State Health Care Authority to limit supplies of opiate prescriptions to Medicaid clients was harshly criticized by Rep.… Continue reading

Tremont funding boost big lobbying win for Port Orchard

By BOB SMITH Kitsap News Group PORT ORCHARD — Despite the legislative turmoil in the state capital the first half of this year, the City… Continue reading

Medicaid audit process bill signed into law

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law May 8 House Bill 1314, which establishes “a fair and predictable Medicaid audit process,” said Rep. Michelle… Continue reading

Appleton will chair House Local Government Committee again in 2017

OLYMPIA — State Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, will wield the gavel once again as chairwoman of the House Local Government Committee when the 65th Washington… Continue reading

Hansen will chair the House Higher Education Committee in 2017

OLYMPIA — State Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, will once again be chairman of the House Higher Education Committee when the legislative session begins in… Continue reading

26th District’s Angel selected for state Senate banking and insurance committees

OLYMPIA — Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, was chosen to lead the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee during the next session of the Washington… Continue reading