Politics

Two measures on Jefferson County ballots for Tuesday election

Jefferson County residents had sent in 431 completed ballots as of Friday in elections for two school levies on Tuesday. Voters in… Continue reading

Legislation would aid Olympic Medical Center, other rural hospitals

Olympic Medical Center is backing legislation that would boost reimbursements for patients eligible for Medicaid at cash-strapped rural hospitals. State Sen. Kevin… Continue reading

Mix of net pen bills takes aim at non-native salmon

State Sen. Kevin Van De Wege is pushing ahead with Senate Bill 6086 regarding fish net pens following a damning report by three… Continue reading

Bill to tax oil in pipelines, update state oil spill contingency plans advances in state Senate

A bill that would tax oil in pipelines to fund oil spill prevention planning passed out… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2018

State bills tackle threats to endangered orcas

With the number of endangered orcas at a 30-year low, state lawmakers want to protect the fish-eating… Continue reading

Washington AG threatens suit over offshore drilling plans

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said he is prepared to sue if Washington is not… Continue reading

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate

A tax on carbon emissions proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee has taken a big step forward.… Continue reading

Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response

A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on each… Continue reading

Seattle says Facebook is violating law about election ads

Facebook is violating a Seattle law that requires the company to reveal who pays for political advertising… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018

Skyrocketing premiums prompt response from lawmakers

Washington state’s health insurance market is increasingly volatile. While the number of people without insurance has decreased… Continue reading

Clallam voter registration deadline approaching

Ballots for the 2018 February special election have been sent out to voters in the Port Angeles and Cape Flattery school districts,… Continue reading

Reps. Chapman, Tharinger sponsor small-business tax bill

Reps. Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger are sponsoring House Bill 2940 with House Finance Committee chair Rep. Kristine Lytton to address business taxes.… Continue reading

Senate votes to extend college financial aid to state Dreamers

A bipartisan effort in the Senate has passed a bill that would extend financial opportunities in… Continue reading

State Senate passes bump stock ban

The state Senate has passed a ban on trigger modification devices that are designed to accelerate a firearm’s rate of… Continue reading

Vetoed manufacturing tax cut again pushed in bipartisan effort

Legislators are once again pushing for an across-the-board manufacturing tax cut that was vetoed during the… Continue reading

Workplace bullying and sexual harassment bills go before lawmakers

Proposals before the state Legislature would grant new protections from sexual harassment and bullying in the… Continue reading

State lawmakers consider a bill to raise the legal tobacco age

State lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the legal age to purchase any nicotine… Continue reading

Native American activists rally in Olympia

The marble walls of the state Capitol reverberated with the roar of drums and voices as… Continue reading

State lawmakers re-consider eliminating statute of limitations on sex crimes

A bill passed in the state House of Representatives last year offers some hope for people… Continue reading

  • Jan 24, 2018

State Senate panel eyes slate of sexual harassment bills

As lawmakers work on creating a task force meant to stamp out sexual harassment at the… Continue reading

  • Jan 24, 2018