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A bill prohibiting the criminal history question on job applications passed the Washington state House of Representatives with a 52-46 vote. HB 1298 was passed with votes along party lines on Feb. 7 with Republicans largely against it. “I speak to you today with great gravity and heaviness of heart...

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Democrat John Kerry in Olympia Tuesday in support of Gov. Inslee’s carbon tax proposal. Shown here with Inslee and several Democratic lawmakers. Photo by Josh Kelety
At the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to advocate for the governor’s proposed carbon tax. Flanked by Inslee and several prominent Democratic lawmakers outside of the Capitol Legislative Building, Kerry argued that...
Proposed legislation would open the ability to file wrongful death lawsuits to citizens of other countries and to parents of adults.  Under current Washington State law, if a family member wants to sue for the wrongful death of a loved one they must be a U.S. citizen and a dependent of the deceased...
A proposed bill establishes a task force to provide child sexual abuse prevention curricula for all schools in the state. First introduced in 2015, HB 1539, sponsored by Representative Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Monday, Feb. 12 and awaits a hearing...
Despite the passage of last year’s bipartisan agreement to fully fund K-12 public education with a property tax hike, the state Legislature is still wrestling over the issue. In November, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature needs to ramp up funding for teacher and other school staff...

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks about Washington’s oil reserves at a press conference Monday and responded to federal government plans to open offshore drilling on U.S. coastlines. Photo by Taylor McAvoy
Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced his intention to resist any Trump Administration plan to develop offshore drilling in Washington state, in an attempt to protect what he called the “best coastline” in the United States.  U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke in January announced federal plans to...

Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib speaks with The Associated Students of the University of Washington. As a blind Iranian, he faced challenges growing up and attending college. Never run away from the tough conversations, he told students.
University of Washington students from the Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma campuses met with lawmakers in support of higher education bills during the annual Huskies on the Hill lobby day, Monday, Jan. 29. The Associated Students of the University of Washington from all three UW campuses asked their...
A proposal before lawmakers could make it a crime for someone to carry a concealed weapon into a friend’s home without permission.  The current law allows someone to carry a concealed handgun anywhere in the state with a concealed weapon permit which requires a background check with both state...
A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on calls that involve a mental health crisis. HB 2892 creates a grant from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to fund services from mental health professionals who would...
Washington state’s health insurance market is increasingly volatile. While the number of people without insurance has decreased every year since 2013, monthly premium rates have spiked and only one insurer is available in some counties, according to state officials. Prospects for consumers don’t...

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