Emma Epperly

Hits, misses as state Legislature wraps up session

OLYMPIA – The 2019 legislative session began Jan. 14 and is scheduled to end today, if the operation, transportation, and capital budget all pass the… Continue reading

 

Felon voting rights legislation signed into law

Legislation focused on streamlining the process and notification requirements to felons of their voting rights and the restoration of those rights has been… Continue reading

 

New law erases or extends statute of limitations for various sex crimes

The statute of limitations for most sex crimes against minors has been lifted and longer statutes of limitations for rape are created under… Continue reading

 

Legislation to cut rape kit processing times heads to governor’s desk

A bill to reduce the processing time for sexual assault kits has passed both chambers of the state Legislature in two unanimous votes.… Continue reading

Activists rally for woman on hunger strike to draw attention to plight of orcas

Lanni Johnson of Snohomish, a woman determined to fast for 17 days in front of the state capitol building to dramatize the plight… Continue reading

Woman on a 17-day hunger strike to save Southern Resident orcas

Lanni Johnson is a 71-year-old woman who has been sitting in front of the Capitol Building in Olympia for the past 10 days… Continue reading

School librarians demonstrate at the Capitol to protest funding cuts

Seattle Public School librarians gathered on the steps of the Capitol building to protest the lack of funding for schools and their libraries.… Continue reading

Legislation to confiscate firearms in domestic violence situations moves forward

A bill to require the removal of firearms from domestic violence calls if there is probable cause that a crime was committed is… Continue reading

Senate passes amended operating budget, negotiations begin

The state Senate passed an amended version of the operating budget totalling $52.5 billion for the… Continue reading

‘Ghost gun’ bill moves to state Senate committee

Measure would make 3D-printed firearms illegal

Malicious harassment renamed hate crime in proposed state legislation

Newly named hate crime offenses would let courts infer the offense was due to the perception of the victim’s association with a protected… Continue reading

Inslee signs Native American Voting Rights Act into law

Bill allows non-traditional addresses to be used for voter registration on tribal lands

School district bonds voting requirements to remain the same

Supermajority still required after state Senate vote fails

Legislature hears public testimony on $30 car tab Initiative

Initiative would reduce car tabs to a flat rate and will appear on November ballot