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    Law would establish Office of Equity in Washington state     Growing diversity in Washington warrants Office of Equity OLYMPIA―A group of 46 Democratic representatives aims to create an Office of Equity in Washington state to promote access to equitable opportunities and reduce racial and...
OLYMPIA - Addressing the need for a new airport and encouraging the growth of the aviation profession was the topic of proposed legislation and public testimony, Thursday, at the House of Representatives Transportation Committee. The house heard four aviation specific bills all sponsored by the...
Olympia - Some convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may be able to apply to have the crime vacated from their records.  Individuals would qualify to apply for the vacation if they were at least 21 years old at the time of offense, were convicted under Washington state law, and the...
• Tiny homes are an affordable housing option • Difficult to zone in both urban and rural communities • Soap Lake Mayor discusses his zoning experience Olympia - Tiny houses are a trendy new housing option that are often considered affordable; however zoning requirements and other laws make them...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) has announced that he has been appointed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to serve on the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The Select Committee was established at the start of the 116th Congress to...
    Would make recommendations to Legislature this year     Seeks to make to make tax system that “better serves” Washington residents A proposal by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill, would create a Washington state revenue reform task force to review the state tax system and make...
    Creation of statewide threat assessment best-practices     Adds School Resource Officer training standards  School resource officers, threat assessments, and statewide school safety best practices are all topics of proposed legislation this year, however, none of the five bills are...
    Changes the definitions of agency and legislature in state Public Records Act     Creates new permanent exemptions for withholding records     Distinguishes legislators from other elected public officials  Legislation proposed on the last day of January would largely exempt state...
Cities that ban certain dog breeds would have to provide an appeal process for owners under proposed legislation that makes exceptions for good dogs of outlawed pedigree. According to DogsBite, a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims of dog maulings, 28 cities in Washington have...
    Review team could determine common factors of youth suicide     Lawmakers aim to target intervention programs for youth suicide risk     Bill would allow a review team to study past youth suicides in the state OLYMPIA ― A bipartisan group of  lawmakers have proposed a bill to create...

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