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Join Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, and Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Aviation Aerial Firefighting staff at DNR’s Tumwater hangar to learn how agency aviation resources are being prepared for the 2018 wildfire fire season.   Background: ·         This year’s fleet...
House Democrats passed a controversial bill that restructures how home healthcare workers contract with the state despite all 48 Republican members refusing to vote on it. The bill, SB 6199, which was requested by the state Department of Social and Human Services, would reclassify roughly 35,000...

Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.”
More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in Olympia in support of gun legislation. They partnered with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and on Tuesday, March 6 called on lawmakers to pass SB 6620 sponsored by Senator David Frockt, D-...

A sign marks the entrance to Forest Park Estates, a planned neighborhood development near Concrete, WA. While 10 lots were sold, only one saw development, as Department of Ecology rules have prohibited homebuilding. Photo by Alex Visser
Along its 150-mile course the Skagit River crosses boundaries political and natural, as its journey carries water from British Columbia to Washington state, cutting through the high, dry air of the Cascade Mountains before settling in the low wetness of Puget Sound. The Skagit Basin is the third-...

Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6.
A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. SB 5922 passed both chambers in the Washington state legislature by slim margins and largely along party lines. The vote was 29-20 in the Senate and 56-41 in the House of Representatives. Gov. Inslee...

Photo by Taylor McAvoy Washington State Capitol building
One could hear a pin drop between the phrases in their stories. Nine women testified, many fighting tears, but breaking the silence. “Most people think that a rape ends after the physical assault does,” survivor Megan Freney said. “I’m here today because that is not the case. Getting raped was not...
In a down-to-the-wire decision, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a controversial bill that would have immediately exempted the state Legislature from public disclosure law three hours before the bill would have been enacted into law. At 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, Inslee’s office sent out a press...
In votes with veto-proof wide margins, state Legislators made themselves exempt from public records disclosure laws. The legislation, SB 6617, was passed through both the Senate and House in a three-day sprint with no public hearing as an “emergency” measure following a January court ruling found...
A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a weapon’s rate of fire, is a step closer to becoming law. SB 5992 passed the House of Representatives 56-41 on Friday, Feb. 23 largely along party lines. The bill passed in the Senate 29-20 on Jan. 25. “It’s always been my belief that...
An amended version of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal to tax carbon emissions to fight climate change is effectively dead in the state Legislature. The primary sponsor of the carbon tax bill and its shepherd in the state Senate, Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D–Seattle, said on March 1 in a phone interview...

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