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The major focus of the current legislative session is to develop and approve budgets for the 2021-2023 biennium. Washington state budgets on a two-year basis and develops three budgets: the operating, transportation, and capital budgets. The three budgets will go into effect July 1, 2021, for the...
Submitted by Booker Stallworth OLYMPIA… Today the Senate voted 46-0 to approve Sen. Mike Padden’s measure to help protect citizens, whistleblowers and members of the news media from frivolous lawsuits aimed at stifling freedom of speech and the discussion of legitimate public issues. “The right to...
The major focus of the current legislative session is to develop and approve budgets for the 2021-2023 biennium. Our state budgets on a two-year basis and approves all three of its budgets (operating, transportation, and capital) in the odd-numbered years, such as 2021. The current state budgets...

Steve Wright, Chelan PUD
OLYMPIA -- Legislation introduced by 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins to implement recommendations by the Electric Utilities Wildland Fire Prevention Task Force on ways to prevent wildfires was approved today 46-0 by the Senate. Senate Bill 5158 would direct state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary...
OLYMPIA–Communities wanting to conserve forestlands now have a state grant program to help, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. Beginning September 1, communities can apply for grants of up to $3 million in the newly created Community Forests Program.   The grants must...
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that DNR-managed lands will reopen for public recreation on May 5. This will happen in conjunction with the reopening of lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington State Parks and...
Robert Brown is a resident of Stevens County in Eastern Washington, but he believes the policies coming out of Olympia don’t reflect what he values.    The issues he considers important are Second Amendment rights, taxation and border security. And Brown is one of the many who have rallied behind...

Statue of Marcus Whitman stands in the front lobby of Washington State’s capitol building. An exact replica exists in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Democrats have proposed to remove the statues and replace them with a different honoree. -- Photo by Emma Scher, WNPA Olympia News Bureau
 In the front lobby of Washington State’s legislative building stands a larger-than-life bronze statue of Marcus Whitman, an exact replica of one located in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.  This, and other commemorations of Whitman, have come under recent debate about whether or not...

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...

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