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State Senate joins House in moving to hybrid floor votes

Sixty-day session begins Monday

State House returns to fully remote session amid COVID-19 spike

In response to an increase of COVID-19 cases across the state, the state House of Representatives has released an updated plan for next… Continue reading

Inslee releases nearly $62 billion supplemental budget plan

Gov. Jay Inslee has released a nearly $62 billion supplemental state budget plan that would increase spending on efforts related to homelessness, climate… Continue reading

Inslee, leaders opt to pause long-term payroll tax

A new payroll tax on employees in Washington state is being delayed. The Seattle Times reports Gov. Jay Inslee and state Democratic legislative… Continue reading

Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen dies after COVID battle

State Sen. Doug Ericksen, a staunch conservative, has died at age 52. Ericksen’s death Friday came weeks after he said he had tested… Continue reading

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Gov. Jay Inslee announces several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session during a news conference Monday in Olympia, including a plan to offer rebates on new and used electric vehicles.

Inslee unveils climate proposals ahead of budget plan

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced several climate-related proposals for the next legislative session, including a plan to offer rebates for new and… Continue reading

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Gov. Jay Inslee announces several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session during a news conference Monday in Olympia, including a plan to offer rebates on new and used electric vehicles.

Northwest residents urged to stay alert as storms roll in

Weather officials urged Northwest residents to remain alert as more rain was predicted to fall in areas with lingering water from extreme weather earlier this… Continue reading

State seeks more than $38 billion from opioid distributors

After rejecting a half-billion-dollar settlement, Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday took the state’s case against the nation’s three biggest drug distributors to… Continue reading

Heavy rains bring flooding, evacuations, school closures across Western Washington

Heavy rainfall and high winds in Washington on Monday caused flooding and mudslides that forced evacuations and closed schools and part of Interstate… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee lets state eviction moratorium expire

After more than 18 months of pandemic-driven eviction limits, Gov. Jay Inslee said he will allow the latest version of the state’s eviction… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee, front, talks to reporters in Olympia earlier this month as Secretary of Health Umair Shah looks on. Inslee announced Thursday that 94 percent of state workers complied with a state mandate to either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be approved for an exemption. (Rachel La Corte/The Associated Press)

Inslee: 94 percent of state employees comply with vaccine mandate

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday applauded numbers showing that some 94 percent of state employees are… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee, front, talks to reporters in Olympia earlier this month as Secretary of Health Umair Shah looks on. Inslee announced Thursday that 94 percent of state workers complied with a state mandate to either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be approved for an exemption. (Rachel La Corte/The Associated Press)

Federal judge rejects bid to stop vaccine mandate

A federal judge in Eastern Washington on Monday denied a bid by firefighters, state troopers and others to halt Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate… Continue reading

Fallen shipping containers bobbing along Vancouver Island

Maritime workers are waiting for calmer weather before they can retrieve some 35 containers that have been drifting near the Strait of Juan… Continue reading

Tens of thousands without power in Pacific Northwest

Two killed by falling tree in Seattle metro area

House facility access limited to vaccinated through January

Lawmakers and legislative employees at the Washington state House must prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access House facilities through early… Continue reading

Contractors begin taking out Nelson Dam on Naches River

The city of Yakima was set to begin taking out the Nelson Dam on Monday following nearly three months of preparation and years… Continue reading

State payroll tax to fund long-term care program coming soon

A mandatory payroll tax to fund a new long-term care program will start coming out of most workers’ paychecks across the state in… Continue reading

88 percent of state health care workers fully vaccinated, survey finds

Most of Washington’s health care workers have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, with a week left before the state’s immunization deadline. As of Monday… Continue reading

State Department of Fish and Wildlife eases fire restrictions

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fire restrictions, including the temporary ban on target shooting, on the state lands it manages.… Continue reading

State ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect Friday

A ban on single-use plastic bags that was originally scheduled to begin on the first of this year will go into effect today… Continue reading