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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...
With environmental activists threatening a carbon tax ballot initiative, some manufacturing and energy companies are opting to work with lawmakers on Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s recently proposed tax rather than flat out oppose it. On Jan. 9, Gov. Inslee rolled out a sweeping proposal to tax...
The state Legislature passed a capital budget on Thursday, Jan. 18—a day late for affordable housing projects across the state to receive crucial funding. Affordable housing developers had until 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 to apply for federal low income housing tax credits from the Washington State Housing...
Democrats in the state Senate are pushing back against the Federal Communications Commission through a number of bills designed to protect net neutrality in Washington. In April 2015, the FCC established new rules that reclassified broadband services as telecommunications, which made the internet...
For the second year in a row, state lawmakers are pursuing legislation to ban the use of the death penalty in Washington. As written, the bill—which was requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and has bipartisan support—would prevent local prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in...

A dozen or so counter protesters included Aquila Krause, shown here speaking with a Washington State Patrol officer near the Temple of Justice at the Capitol.
Under a sea of umbrellas, hundreds of pro-life activists held roses and signs on the steps of the Capitol Legislative Building in Olympia on Monday, Jan. 22.  Republican lawmakers spoke to the crowd at the annual March For Life calling for a halt to several abortion and contraception bills. “We...

Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee members from left, Senators Karen Keiser, Patty Kuderer, Annette Cleveland, and Ann Rivers.
Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the legal age to purchase any nicotine product from 18 to 21 years old. SB 6048, sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer, D-Redmond, was heard on Monday, Jan. 22 by request of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “No bill in...
A bill to be introduced this session would eliminate the death penalty in Washington State and require people convicted of first degree murder to serve life sentences without the possibility of parole. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested Senate bill 6052 after Senate bills...

Photo by Taylor McAvoy of the WNPA Olympia News Bureau Gun rights supporters gathered on the steps of the Capitol building for a rally on Jan. 12.
Olympia - About 100 gun rights supporters rallied on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia on Friday, Jan. 12. Most held signs and many carried pistols, rifles or knives. “This is the safest day to be at the capitol,” Senator Phil Fortunato, R-Enumclaw said. A long list of speakers,...
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee expressed a defiant attitude toward U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced on Thursday the rescinding of Obama-era guidelines that assisted the legalization of non-medical marijuana in Washington, seven other states and the District of Columbia....

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