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A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on calls that involve a mental health crisis. HB 2892 creates a grant from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to fund services from mental health professionals who would...

Senator Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, shakes hands with Senator Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue after SB 6219 passed the senate chamber.
The state Senate approved a measure that would provide greater access to birth control and other reproductive health services, including abortions. Passed by a slim margin, 26-22 on Wednesday, Jan. 31, the vote marks the farthest the Senate Bill 6219, the Reproductive Parity Act,  has advanced...
A tax on carbon emissions proposed by Governor Jay Inslee has taken a big step forward. On Feb. 1, the state Senate Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee passed a revised version of Inslee’s carbon tax plan with a 6-4 vote. In early January, Gov. Inslee proposed a $20 per ton of emitted...
On the heels of the state House approved bill to reduce car tab taxes, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R–University Place, and Rep. Mark Harmsworth, R–Mill Creek, called for steeper cuts and lambasted Democrats for not joining them. Last week, the House passed a Democratically-sponsored bill that would change...
Seattle area Democratic lawmakers could repeal a 20-year-old voter initiative meant to outlaw preferences based on race and gender in college admission, public employment, and contracting.   The bill’s prime sponsor, Senator Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, and co-sponsors of SB 6406 believe that...

Senate Labor and Commerce Committee members Senators Karen Keiser, D-Kent, Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill, and Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue
Proposals before the state Legislature would grant new protections from sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. The bills come after national reports about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged repeated bullying and sexual harassment of women who worked for him. The news came at...
The state House of representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would reduce car tab taxes that help finance regional transportation projects. The bill, HB 2201, would require Sound Transit to change its formula for valuing cars and, by extension, tab rates--a move that mass transit advocates...
NCW -The National Fire Protection Association notes that portable fire extinguishers can “save lives and  property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives, but portable  extinguishers have limitations.” The three most commonly used fire extinguishers are air-...
Olympia - We are only 31 days into the New Year and already there have been four fire fatalities in homes with no working smoke alarms.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office is encouraging every household to develop and practice a home escape plan.  This is a critical component to giving you and your...

people lined up in the rain outside the Capitol’s Cherberg Building for the hearing on five gun regulation measures.
Nearly 1,000 people from law enforcement, gun rights groups, gun violence prevention groups, veterans, and Washington State residents signed in to support or oppose contested firearm bills heard on Monday Jan. 15. Hundreds lined up along the corridors of the Capitol’s Cherberg Building, where...

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