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    Creates a competitive prioritized funding process     Helps to upgrade existing infrastructure     Offers a long-term funding commitment A proposed water infrastructure program would evaluate and rank potential projects related to a variety of water issues. Senate Bill 5136 would create...
    Bill would double fine for motorists caught using a cell phone or device in school zone     Revenues would be deposited into school zone safety account A proposed bill would double the fine for motorists caught using a cellphone in a school, playground or crosswalk speed zone to up to $234...
    More than 40,000 students in Washington experienced homelessness in 2016     Bill would make grant application process more accessible     Program has had direct impact on many once-homeless youth across the state    For the past nine years, the population of students in Washington...
    Efforts to give the public access to a domestic violence offender registry     Lawmakers push bill to hold domestic violence offenders accountable     Families and communities hope to control domestic violence OLYMPIA ― Two lawmakers have proposed a bill to create a state domestic...
OLYMPIA -- State health officials immediately suspended the dual license of Robert T. Lamberton pending further legal action. Lamberton holds a physician assistant license (PA.60256531) and an expired osteopathic physician assistant license (OA.10000251). Lamberton has been criminally charged in...
OLYMPIA — A plan to may go into effect to better prepare Washington state public schools for natural or human-caused catastrophic incidents, by request of the state Military Department. House Bill 1200 was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of ten representatives and introduced by Rep. Laurie...

Senator Brad Hawkins (second from right) of the 12th Legislative District met Okanogan PUD General Manager Steve Taylor (center) and other PUD representatives in the Senate Chambers on Jan. 30, to discuss Enloe Dam.
OLYMPIA - The Legislature will consider and vote on many proposals during this 105-day session. Of those the most significant will be a new state operating budget, to take effect July 1. Adopting a new operating budget typically is the most important responsibility we have because it funds most of...
OLYMPIA - On Monday, Jan. 14, I was sworn in to represent the 12th Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives. I am honored to serve such a great region of our state. The first few weeks in Olympia included meeting with constituents and colleagues, committee meetings, and...
OLYMPIA - More than 2,000 people signed into the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Monday, Jan. 21 for hearings on 3-D printed guns, high-capacity magazines, domestic violence, as well as proposed training requirements for legally obtaining a pistol. Outside of the Legislative Building, a...
OLYMPIA - Three representatives from the Democratic caucus are sponsoring a bill to work towards reducing food waste by consumers and grocery stores in Washington state. House Bill 1114 suggests a plan to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts of wasting food. The bill was co-sponsored by...

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