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House, Senate release spending proposals

Supplemental budgets to be negotiated

 

Evelyn Jefferson, a crisis outreach supervisor for Lummi Nation, stands at the grave of her son Patrick George Jr., who died last September due to an overdose of street drugs containing the synthetic opioid carfentanil, at the Lummi Nation cemetery on tribal reservation lands on Feb. 8 near Bellingham. Jefferson had to wait a week to bury her son due to several other overdose deaths in the community. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

State tribes battling a devastating opioid crisis

Legislation could provide annual funding to help

 

Should police be allowed to engage in high-speed pursuits if they just suspect someone is engaged in a crime? The state Legislature is set to debate that issue following verification of a citizen initiative that gives police more leeway in decision making. (Mary Murphy/Washington State Journal)

State Legislature to debate high-speed police pursuits

Initiative 2113 would amend law to be ‘reasonable suspicion’

 

Ruling: Trump to stay on primary ballot

Eight voters argued Jan. 6 actions made him ineligible

Frankey Ithaka answers questions from the media moments after a Kitsap judge denied a hearing that challenged former President Donald Trump’s eligibility for the state ballot. (Elisha Meyer/Kitsap News Group)

Kitsap judge won’t rule on Trump’s eligibility for ballot

Hearing set in Olympia on Thursday

Frankey Ithaka answers questions from the media moments after a Kitsap judge denied a hearing that challenged former President Donald Trump’s eligibility for the state ballot. (Elisha Meyer/Kitsap News Group)

State officials turn to schools in opioid fight

Legislation would require fentanyl-use prevention education once per year

Nisqually Tribal Chairman Willie Frank III, right, discusses the newly designed statue mockup of his father, Billy Frank Jr., with other attendees at Wednesday’s unveiling. A full-scale, bronze statue of Billy Frank Jr. will be placed in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., next year. (Laurel Demkovich/Washington State Standard)

Design unveiled for Billy Frank Jr. statue at U.S. capitol

Bronze rendering will honor Native American fishing rights activist

Nisqually Tribal Chairman Willie Frank III, right, discusses the newly designed statue mockup of his father, Billy Frank Jr., with other attendees at Wednesday’s unveiling. A full-scale, bronze statue of Billy Frank Jr. will be placed in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., next year. (Laurel Demkovich/Washington State Standard)

Eight voters challenge Trump on Washington state ballot

Kitsap judge to hear arguments Tuesday

Members of the House, including Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Gig Harbor, and Rep. Eric Robertson, R-Sumner, at front, walk into the House chambers during opening ceremonies on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol on Monday in Olympia. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

Legislature kicks off with a housing focus

Fentanyl deaths, climate change top topics as well

Members of the House, including Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Gig Harbor, and Rep. Eric Robertson, R-Sumner, at front, walk into the House chambers during opening ceremonies on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol on Monday in Olympia. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

Conservatives file measure to make opting out of long-term care tax easier

It would become a lot easier for workers to stop paying Washington’s new long-term care services tax under an initiative delivered Thursday to… Continue reading

Guide answers some questions on 60-day state legislative session

How does a bill become a law? How long is a legislative session? What is a legislative session anyway? A host of issues… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee arrives during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol on Thursday in Olympia. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

Lawmakers to take on fentanyl, housing in Inslee’s final legislative session

Climate change Inslee’s biggest issue

Gov. Jay Inslee arrives during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol on Thursday in Olympia. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

Hundreds of state health jobs cut

Federal COVID-19 funds to expire by end of July ’25

The Center for Whale Research has received reports of a new calf with J pod on Dec. 26. (Maya Sears)
The Center for Whale Research has received reports of a new calf with J pod on Dec. 26. (Maya Sears)

Washington state wants to have a say in new tires

The next time you go shopping for replacement tires, the state of Washington could have greater sway over what’s on the rack. That’s… Continue reading

Graduation requirement waiver considered due to COVID-19

School districts are hoping the State Board of Education will extend the emergency high school graduation waiver for the class of 2024, citing… Continue reading

More than $2.7 million proposed for transition in governor’s office

Preparation for newly elected requires about half-year, large budget

Whidbey SAR rescues fallen hiker from Mount Ellinor

A 30-year-old man was rescued by helicopter Saturday evening after falling more than 1,200 feet into a ravine on Mount Ellinor in Olympic… Continue reading

Ballot measure would help police with pursuits

Police in Washington state would gain more leeway to pursue suspected criminals under an initiative supporters delivered to the Secretary of State’s Office.… Continue reading

Ferguson campaign finance saga not quite over

A state campaign watchdog has put off action on a proposed deal to dismiss complaints against Attorney General Bob Ferguson stemming from his… Continue reading