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OLYMPIA - House Republican Deputy Leader Mike Steele  and  Representative Keith Goehner  have introduced three separate House Resolutions to honor the outstanding achievements of high …

Foster parents rally for change in state law amid rising fentanyl crises

OLYMPIA - As the prevalence of fentanyl rises, so too does the frequency of critical incidents related to parental substance abuse among foster children, often resulting in fatalities or …

Legislature to hear three citizen-led initiatives amid debate on Police Pursuit, Parental Rights, and State Income Tax

OLYMPIA -  Three citizen-led initiatives will receive hearings in this session of the Legislature, said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, and Speaker of the House Laurie …

State proposes pesticide ban despite current research

OLYMPIA - Neonicotinoid pesticides are known for their harmful effects on the nervous systems of insects, and a proposal in the state legislature calls for them to be banned for household use. …

Holocaust education bill dies

OLYMPIA - An effort to make Holocaust and genocide education mandatory in Washington public schools has failed to win enough support to pass in this year’s Legislature. "We've been trying …

OLYMPIA – Sen. Brad Hawkins has secured $1.3 million in the Senate's capital budget proposal for the Leavenworth Affordable Rental Project, aimed at preserving 31 apartment units for workforce …

OLYMPIA - With a few hours to spare before the house of origin cutoff deadline on Tuesday, Rep. Keith Goehner had two bills pass the state House of Representatives. The House unanimously passed …

Condom use requires partner consent, proposal says

OLYMPIA - Testifying before lawmakers, Mina Hashemi recounted how, three years ago, she was shocked to see that the condom she had explicitly asked for during sex had been removed.  …

Clergy members could become mandatory reporters of child abuse

OLYMPIA - When Sen. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, learned how Jehovah’s Witness elders in Spokane had covered up child sexual abuse for years, she looked to the law for answers.  Frame found …

OLYMPIA - House Bill 2257, sponsored by 12th District Rep. Keith Goehner to create the Backcountry Search and Rescue Account, passed the state House of Representatives unanimously on Tuesday.

OLYMPIA – JC Baldwin, a Chelan County resident, was unanimously confirmed by the Washington State Senate to serve on the Washington State Transportation Commission on Feb. 12. The …

Legislature could change BAC from .08 to .05

OLYMPIA - To curb traffic fatalities, lawmakers are proposing reducing the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. SB 5002 amends the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for driving a …

Legislation would impose fines for untreated sewage discharge

OLYMPIA - A proposal to fine counties and cities when untreated sewage is released into Puget Sound is part of an effort to save dwindling salmon runs.  The bill, proposed by Rep. J.T. …

Hundreds rally for rent caps and affordable housing

OLYMPIA - As budget negotiations begin in the state Legislature, calls for action on affordable housing and rent caps from the annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day are expected to ring in the …

OLYMPIA - Nearly four years after Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old Black man from Tacoma, died during an arrest while being hogtied, the practice that killed him is one step closer to being illegal in …

Crowd demands hearing on citizen initiatives

OLYMPIA - A sea of red, white and blue covered the Capitol steps as hundreds of Washingtonians proudly waved American flags and demanded hearings on six initiatives that would roll back taxes, give …

Leavenworth Mayor advocates for housing and tourism in Olympia

OLYMPIA — In a visit to the state capital, Leavenworth Mayor Carl Florea met with Sen. Brad Hawkins to address the city's critical issues, including affordable housing, tourism, and capital …

OLYMPIA - Sen. Brad Hawkins’ bill to expand Running Start opportunities for high school students took a major step forward Friday. As amended, the Senate approved the bill by a unanimous vote. …

Protection for abortion doctors proposed

OLYMPIA - When she treated an out-of-state patient from Idaho with pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Jennifer Chin of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) knew her pregnant …

Mandatory voting proposed by Democrats

OLYMPIA - A proposal to make voting mandatory drew criticisms from two thousand people in a Legislative hearing Jan. 25. “We are already in a moment of extreme distrust in elections, so …

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