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The 12th District team – Rep. Keith Goehner (left), Sen. Brad Hawkins (center) and Rep. Mike Steele (right) – gathered in the House floor Jan. 15 to hear Gov. Inslee’s State of the State address. Photo contributed by Brian Zylstra
A bill proposed by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, would allow marijuana on school campuses for students who require aid for medical conditions. HB 1060 aims to permit students to consume medical marijuana on school property, aboard buses and while attending school-sponsored events. Students must...
Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a $54.4 billion state budget that would introduce a capital gains tax on stocks, bonds and other assets. The proposal would tax capital gains of over $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for joint filers at a rate of 9 percent. The tax would raise $975 million in revenue...
A proposed law requested by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Department of Health would raise the minimum legal age of sales for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. The bill, HB 1074, was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 11 representatives and introduced by House Minority...
A proposed bill would allow the residential address portion of a voter registration form to be filled out with a nontraditional address. Democrat majority caucus chair, Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, pre-filed SB 5079, titled The Native American voting rights act of Washington. “The Washington state...
A proposed bill would allow the residential address portion of a voter registration form to be filled out with a nontraditional address. Democrat majority caucus chair, Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, pre-filed SB 5079, titled The Native American voting rights act of Washington. “The Washington state...
  For nearly 50 years, outfitter guides have helped visitors access remote, backcountry places in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. However, visitor use as well as aquatic and habitat concerns have each contributed to the need for analyzing how to best provide necessary public access to these...

Submitted photo Travis Brandt
  If you’ve driven through Wenatchee recently you may have spotted a bright blue sign that reads, “Elect Travis Brandt for Chelan County Superior Court Judge,” but who exactly is Travis Brandt? Born and raised here in Chelan County, the local attorney said he has a deep commitment to making our...
  NCW Media Managing Editor Gary Bégin interviewed incumbent Chelan County Superior Court Judge Robert McSeveney recently to get some answers about recent Washington State Supreme Court decisions and his feelings about other legal subjects as well. His answers follow: NCW Media: Why do you want to...
Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Wenatchee, announced this week he will not seek re-election in November. The 12th District representative will complete his term. “It was a difficult decision. I have put my heart and soul into being a legislator for 16 years, but it takes a tremendous amount of time and...

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