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OLYMPIA –The Washington Department of Ecology is using new methods to more accurately test for waterborne disease in state waters. The methods will better protect people while they are swimming, boating, or enjoying other recreational activities. By testing for E. coli in freshwater and...

The 12th District team – Rep. Keith Goehner (left), Sen. Brad Hawkins (center) and Rep. Mike Steele (right) – gathered in the House floor Jan. 15 to hear Gov. Inslee’s State of the State address.

Pateros mayor Carlene Anders, right, conferred with 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins last week at his Olympia office. Seated next to Anders is Sen. Hawkins’ session intern, Madison Leeman. Anders also serves as the Executive Director of the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group and frequently discusses wildfire aftermath issues with local elected officials.

Rep. Keith Goehner takes the oath of office in the state House of Representatives.
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden, officially took the oath of office and was sworn in as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives January 14 during the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Legislature. “The opening ceremonies were very humbling. It is a great honor to serve the...
• Would align HOA regulations with water conservation best practices • Would encourage state-funded building projects to follow landscaping conservation best practices OLYMPIA - Differences in water usage best practices during a drought and homeowners’ association landscaping requirements are the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement of a proposal to reopen the federal government, secure the Southern border, and give certainty to DACA recipients. “President Trump today laid out a reasonable compromise to break the...
Olympia – The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) has released a report on its observational survey of distracted driving performed in June 2018. The survey findings estimate the driver distraction rate was 8.2 percent in 2018, down from 9.2 percent in both 2016 and 2017, although this...
    High-capacity magazine legislation reintroduced     3-D printed firearms covered for first time     Domestic violence and extreme risk protection orders also addressed OLYMPIA ― More than 2,000 people signed into the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Monday for hearings on 3-D printed...
    Proposes to transition Washington state to use only renewable energy by 2045     Sponsor wants next step forward taken by next week     Preliminary fiscal note anticipates $650,000 A bill to transition Washington into a state that runs entirely on renewable energy will go to the Senate...
Former California Governor Jerry Brown was in Olympia late Thursday to support Governor Jay Inslee’s climate change proposals.   Just hours earlier, the state Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee held a hearing on one of the largest bills in Inslee’s climate package. If Senate Bill...

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