Port Townsend debates sanctuary city status; new draft resolution to be considered later this month

A three-member City Council subcommittee will draft a new resolution that would, if approved, declare Port Townsend a sanctuary city. The draft… Continue reading

Eye on Olympia: Elwha River bridge funds in transportation budget proposal

Funding for a new bridge across the Elwha River on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles has been included in the state… Continue reading

Death penalty repeal bill not expected to advance

An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state got a new push this year… Continue reading

State bills seek to buffer potential repeal of health care law

Democrats in Washington state want to make sure that even if national Republicans and President Donald… Continue reading

Port Townsend to mull sanctuary city status

The city council will consider a resolution Monday that would make Port Townsend a sanctuary city. The action is proposed because of… Continue reading

State House, Senate bills aim at fulfilling REAL ID requirements

Your driver’s license might not fly with airport security in less than a year’s time if the state fails to meet federal identification… Continue reading

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Public education funding, dental services on agenda

State Rep. Mike Chapman expressed pride this week in his co-sponsorship of House Bill 1414, which would help Native American tribes pursue federal… Continue reading

Lawmakers, Inslee push for more statewide gun measures

Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2017

Republican senator discusses role in Trump administration

Sen. Doug Ericksen said Thursday the Republican majority in the state Senate can rely on him… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2017

Proposed bills aimed at use of deadly force

State lawmakers are weighing bills that would raise the bar on when an officer can use deadly force. Current law… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2017

Washington first state to sue Trump over immigration order

The state attorney general declared Monday that he was suing President Donald Trump over his temporary ban… Continue reading

Competing bills target, affirm state high court water decision

Some lawmakers are taking aim at a recent state Supreme Court decision that put the onus on… Continue reading

EYE ON OLYMPIA: State Senate fiscal cliff gambit falls short

Democrats attempted Friday to take advantage of the departure of Senate Republican Brian Dansel to move on “fiscal cliff” relief for public school… Continue reading

Travelers detained at Seattle airport released from custody

Individuals who were detained at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive order have been released… Continue reading

Senate Democrats fail in procedural floor fight

Democrats failed in their effort to bypass Republican leadership and bring a bill related to local school levies to the… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2017

Senate Republicans release education funding plan

Senate Republicans have released an education funding plan that seeks to replace local school levies with… Continue reading

Washington House passes school levy bill

The state House has passed a bill that delays a deadline for a reduction in the… Continue reading

Bill would give students control of school-sponsored media

Amid a national push, Washington state lawmakers are reintroducing a bill that would protect student journalists’ free… Continue reading

State aims to fix paid leave law dormant since 2007

A decade ago, Washington state created a paid family leave program that required many employers to… Continue reading

All eyes on funding in state legislative debates

Legislators in the 24th District are busy with committee meetings and votes on many issues, but the focus is pretty much on funding… Continue reading