Washington State Legislature

Don’t expect quick passage of Capital Budget in new session

Do expect more negotiation on Hirst fix


Democrats’ control in Olympia comes with a duty | In Our opinion

Democrat Manka Dhingra’s election to the Legislature’s 45th District in King County means Democrats will have slim majorities in the Senate and House, in addition… Continue reading

Rolfes selected to chair Senate Ways Means Committee

Will be the state Senate’s chief budget writer and negotiator

Appleton, Caldier talk about bipartisan efforts

BREMERTON — Political discourse is commonly fraught with contention, but from the outside it would seem that political dialogue has become more polarizing than ever… Continue reading

Keep state government open and transparent | In Our Opinion

Recall earlier this summer when the Legislature passed its operating budget — as well as its latest spending plan to address the state’s K-12 education… Continue reading

Appleton, Caldier will talk about ‘Finding Common Ground’ | Political Notebook

BREMERTON — State representatives Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, and Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard, will participate in “Finding Common Ground,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Norm… Continue reading

Water-rights issue is at crux of Legislature stalemate | In Olympia

OLYMPIA — No issue in the state Legislature illustrates the urban-rural split in Washington state than what’s euphemistically called “the Hirst fix.” It refers to… Continue reading

New state budget means increased funding for South Kitsap school districts

PORT ORCHARD — When the Washington State Legislature finally passed its two-year state budget and Gov. Jay Inslee signed it June 30, there were expressions… Continue reading

State budget finally passed, avoiding government shutdown

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year state budget June 30, ensuring no state agency is closed or state worker laid off when… Continue reading

Angel tells constituents: the House must live within its means | Legislative Update

By BOB SMITH Kitsap News Group OLYMPIA — Washington state legislators once again find themselves between a rock and a hard place following the close… Continue reading

Senate bill would reverse court decision regarding water-well drilling

OLYMPIA — A state Senate-approved bill that would allow local governments to approve development using Department of Ecology water rules awaits action in the Democratic-controlled… Continue reading

Washington attorney general challenges Trump’s latest travel ban as unconstitutional

OLYMPIA — State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed on March 13 an amended complaint in his lawsuit challenging President Trump’s travel ban as illegal and… Continue reading

Bills related to public records access, costs advance to Senate

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives approved two measures March 3 related to public access to public records. Both measures now head to the… Continue reading

You walked. Now run | Guest column

This year, there will be numerous opportunities to run for public office in your community. The deadline to decide is May 19, but the earlier you get started, the better.

An attempt to thwart access to public records | In Our Opinion

The bill is not yet out of the House, but we’re still not out of the woods. A frighteningly unnecessary bill in the state House… Continue reading

Opponents see parallels between FDR, Trump’s executive orders

ONLINE: Watch KING5’s special report, “Prisoners in the Own Land,” about the internment of people of Japanese ancestry at Minidoka. By ENRIQUE PEREZ DE LA… Continue reading

Universities’ closed-door selection process sparks Senate oversight proposal

OLYMPIA — Applicants for top leadership positions at universities may have to answer to your state senator rather than a board of regents or trustees… Continue reading