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State Senator Brad Hawkins
“The hope with the bill was for it to resolve the current confusion about the accessibility of legislative documents. It would be helpful to have clarity, both for the legislative offices and the public. There was clarity before, but then just confusion because of the court case. I’ve learned that...

Rep. Mike Steele
Many of you have contacted my office about my vote on Senate Bill 6617 (The Legislative Public Records Act). I have always cared for and championed open and transparent government. The Legislative Public Records Act was actually an attempt to increase disclosure and transparency for the state...
OLYMPIA – Washington State Department of Health announced today that people should not consume any form of kratom because it could be contaminated with Salmonella.  “Salmonella infection is very serious, and it is important that people avoid consuming products that contain kratom because it could...
OLYMPIA – Recently released data show that Washington state is doing well compared to other states when it comes to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis use. Data released by AIDSVu this week represents an encouraging and useful perspective on PrEP use. The AIDSVu data show that in Washington state, at least...

Sen. Brad Hawkins
State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle succeeded Friday in passing a bill to exempt themselves from public records requests. The move comes on the heels of a court ruling that the Legislature is required to adhere to the state’s open government laws. The bill, SB 6617, directly amends the...
    OLYMPIA -  State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle succeeded Friday in passing a bill to exempt themselves from public records requests. The move comes on the heels of a court ruling that the Legislature is required to adhere to the state’s open government laws. The bill, SB 6617,...
Despite the passage of last year’s bipartisan agreement to fully fund K-12 public education with a property tax hike, the state Legislature is still wrestling over the issue. In November, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature needs to ramp up funding for teacher and other school staff...
Today the Senate Law and Justice Committee received public testimony on Senate Bill 6408, aimed at clarifying the rules surrounding the use of police body cameras. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, the ranking member on the committee.   In 2016, the Legislature...

Governor Jay Inslee met with the Associated Students of the University of Washington. He said fully funding higher education is the next step after the capital budget fix.
University of Washington students from the Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma campuses met with lawmakers in support of higher education bills during the annual Huskies on the Hill lobby day, Monday, Jan. 29. The Associated Students of the University of Washington from all three UW campuses asked their...
Washington state’s health insurance market is increasingly volatile. While the number of people without insurance has decreased every year since 2013, monthly premium rates have spiked and only one insurer is available in some counties, according to state officials. Prospects for consumers don’t...

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