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  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after voting ‘no’ on H.R. 8:  “The Second Amendment is guaranteed by our Constitution to law-abiding citizens, and I voted against this legislation because it goes too far to infringe on that right without doing...
• Plaintiffs claim initiative deprives their Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights • Defendants summoned to court for following the Washington state law Two civil rights lawsuits in Washington state have challenged the constitutionality of certain bans enacted through the gun control measure,...
• Creates commission to evaluate best location for airport expansion • A list of the top six location finalists would be completed by Jan. 2020 Creation or expansion of an airport in Washington to relieve the stress of a growing demand at SeaTac would be the focus of the Commercial Aviation...
• Law would increase pay for National Guard members helping with wildland fires • National Guard members could see increased compensation for wildfire response OLYMPIA—State representatives passed a bill in a 94-0 vote on Friday to increase the pay of National Guard members for their wildland...
• Lawmakers seek to eliminate bullying in public schools • Law would protect transgender students in schools OLYMPIA—State senators passed a bill with a 29-20 vote to prohibit harassment, intimidation, bullying and discrimination based on gender identity in public schools. The vote followed party...
• Requires suppliers in the agricultural supply chain to report human rights violations to retail sellers • Met with wide farmer community opposition • Retail sellers would be required to publish violations on their website Retail sellers of agricultural products, regardless of where the product...
• Scooter and bike share services have gained traction across the country • Lawmakers in Washington try and tackle regulation of these services The state legislature may increase regulation on motor scooter share services in Washington cities. Most scooter share services function the same way as...

Marc Straub
The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Orondo's Marc Straub to its five-member board. For the last 16 years Douglas County Commissioner Straub has served as Executive Director of Building North Central Washington, a non-profit trade association...
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) Executive Director Curt Soper, left, testifies at a public hearing before the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Soper was speaking in support of Senate Bill 5873 concerning community forests. Th non-profit CDLT...
Robert Brown is a resident of Stevens County in Eastern Washington, but he believes the policies coming out of Olympia don’t reflect what he values.    The issues he considers important are Second Amendment rights, taxation and border security. And Brown is one of the many who have rallied behind...

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