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Washington health insurance market in flux
Premiums have skyrocketed, prompting a response from lawmakers.
Washington lawmakers seek to increase nuclear attack preparations
Bipartisan bills in the House and Senate could remove Cold War-era emergency planning restrictions.
Lawmakers still grappling with court mandated education funding
Roughly $1 billion more is needed, and school districts want their local levies.
Students lobby for state funded tuition grants
University of Washington students from the Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma campuses met with lawmakers on Monday to lobby for support of higher education bills during… Continue reading
Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape
The operation also faces possible closure if legislators pass a bill that would ban the use of Atlantic salmon in state aquaculture.
Affirmative action could make a comeback in Washington State
Two decades after a voter-approved initiative made the practice illegal, legislators are calling for a reversal.
Bill that would reduce car tab rates passes the state House
Transit advocates fear it will cut funding for key projects.
Workplace bullying and sexual harassment bills go before lawmakers
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, legislators seek a culture shift.
Vetoed tax cut for manufacturers again pushed in bipartisan effort
Bill would lower business and occupation tax by 40 percent over four years.
State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment
Democrat Frank Chopp has had the speaker title since 1999, and he says he’s not retiring this year.
Orca Protection Act aims to protect Pacific Northwest’s iconic whales
Senator Kevin Ranker says the orca population in Puget Sound is down to 83, the lowest it had ever been.
Senate votes to extend college financial aid to state Dreamers
The bipartisan effort is intended to send a message to the other Washington while creating opportunities for young immigrants.
Senator proposes revoking firearm rights in cases of harassment
The bill would expand an existing law that takes guns from perpetrators of domestic violence.
Lawmakers want to rein in Washington’s many tax breaks
The vast majority of the state’s tax exemptions benefit businesses.
American Indian activists rally in Olympia
More than 100 were on hand to lobby state government on issues including the welfare of indigenous women and children, and a planned liquified natural gas facility in Tacoma.
Lawmakers consider a bill to raise the legal tobacco age
The bill has support from Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Hundreds gather in Olympia for 40th annual March For Life
The march, which is timed to the anniversary of Roe v Wade, took place as legislators considered bills that would broaden access to abortion services.
Bill to ban the death penalty heard in committee
The hearing attracted passionate testimony from both sides of the issue.
State legislators combat federal ruling on net neutrality
One Senate bill would prohibit internet service providers from exercising “deceptive” tactics and impairing or blocking legal web content.
Lawmakers again consider requiring health plans to cover abortions
Democratic lawmakers are hopeful that this is the year for the Reproductive Parity Act.