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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...
In an effort to tackle the opioid addiction epidemic, state legislators, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Democratic Governor Jay Inslee are rolling out legislation to limit opioid prescriptions and invest in drug treatment infrastructure. On Jan. 12, the House Committee on Healthcare and...
The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than symbolic this week with the introduction of legislation aimed at protecting Washington state’s sanitation workers. With the civil rights leader’s eponymous holiday recognized Monday, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, appealed to King’s legacy when...
A bill giving people at risk of suicide the option to voluntarily give up their right to keep a firearm passed the Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously. The next step for the bill is the Rules Committee before it gets a hearing in the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 5553, sponsored...
A bill passed in the State House of Representatives last year offers some hope for people who were sexually assaulted years ago and want to see the one who harmed them prosecuted. But that hope faces some difficult challenges in the Senate. House Bill 1155 would eliminate the statute of...
A bill to expand birth control choices for women is before the Legislature for the fifth year in a row. Senate Bill 6219, also called the Reproductive Parity Act, would require health plans that offer maternity coverage to also offer abortion coverage as well as coverage for contraceptive drugs...
The state Senate passed several bills aimed at expanding access to voting and promoting minority representation in local governments through redistricting. On the evening of Jan. 17, in a reconvened Senate floor vote session, the body passed SB 6021, which would allow voters to register for...
 One of the year’s most important legislative battles in Washington state came to a surprisingly quick conclusion Thursday evening when a water-use bill passed both chambers and was sent to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee.
  In 2016, the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision essentially halted...
The state Senate passed several bills aimed at expanding access to voting and promoting minority representation in local governments through redistricting. On the evening of Jan. 17, in a reconvened Senate floor vote session, the body passed SB 6021, which would allow voters to register for...

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