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Proposed public records bill is dead

Senator withdraws bill exempting legislature from public disclosure of some records

  • Feb 19th, 2019

 

Adult entertainers seek safer workplace standards

Proposed bill will hold employers accountable for safety of dancers; lawmakers target unsafe establishments for adult entertainers

  • Feb 15th, 2019

 

Immigration or citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under proposed legislation

Makes discrimination based on immigration or citizenship status illegal; goal is to give those in the citizenship and immigration process avenues for recourse; does not supercede federal law

  • Feb 15th, 2019

 

Bill would help fight crimes against indigenous women

Recent study reported that Seattle had the most cases of missing and murdered indigenous women than any other city; Rep. Mosbrucker helped pass legislation last year to gather data, now is hoping to create a task force and liaisons; some are calling for the bill to add more liaison positions and elevate more tribal voices

  • Feb 22nd, 2019

State seeks to improve sexual health education

Bill would change curriculum for sexual health in schools; democratic representatives support comprehensive sexual health education; evidence-informed curriculum could change sex education in schools

  • Feb 22nd, 2019

Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas

Would establish a 7-knot speed limit for vessels ½ mile from southern resident orcas; establishes a 650-yard “no-go” zone for whale watchers until at least 2023; regulations would take effect immediately if passed

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Westport Police on Patrol 2/3/2019 — 2/9/2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:23 a.m. — Forrest & Chehalis. Traffic stop:…

  • Feb 14th, 2019
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Col. Mark A. Geraldi, commander of the Seattle District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, celebrates the completion of phase 2 of the Grays Harbor shipping channel dredging project during the Port of Grays Harbor annual business report Wednesday morning. At right is Port executive director Gary Nelson.

Port has a record-breaking story to tell

Prior infrastructure investments helped make 2018 a record-breaking year at the Port…

DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Col. Mark A. Geraldi, commander of the Seattle District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, celebrates the completion of phase 2 of the Grays Harbor shipping channel dredging project during the Port of Grays Harbor annual business report Wednesday morning. At right is Port executive director Gary Nelson.

Woman with local roots competing in “Titan Games”

Shannon Decker, who grew up in Westport and developed a love of…

  • Feb 14th, 2019
Louis Krauss | Grays Harbor News Group
                                Rows of oysters in an area where burrowing shrimp have begun to take over.

Proposed bills would allow use of pesticide on oyster beds

Two bills in the state Legislature, if passed, would allow a controversial…

Louis Krauss | Grays Harbor News Group
                                Rows of oysters in an area where burrowing shrimp have begun to take over.

Journalists criticize proposal giving the legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws

Senate panel holds hearing on providing legislators exceptions to state law.

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Law would celebrate public lands in Washington state

Proposed bill designates fourth Saturday of September as Public Lands Day; lawmakers aim to preserve and protect public lands; holiday would promote connection between people and environment

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Lawmakers seek permanent solution to the homeless crisis

Bill would allow homeless people to survive in public without fear of obstruction; law prohibits discrimination based on housing status

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Law would assume kids under 14 incapable of crime

More than 3,000 12- to 14-year-olds were charged with crimes in Washington over the last six years; bill would presume this age group incapable of committing crime in an effort to keep more juveniles out of detention; prosecutors worry this would create too many additional procedures and clog courts

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Continued resistance against gun control initiative; Attorney General defends law

Washington state sheriffs call upon Second Amendment rights; opposition of gun law sparks lawsuits in Washington state; some sheriffs refuse to uphold gun control initiative

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Lawmakers propose new agency to administer guest worker visas

Would create state Office of H-2A Compliance and Farm Labor; aims to increase domestic worker hiring; program to be supported by fees paid by farmers.

  • Feb 13th, 2019
These firearms at Clark’s All-Sports in Colville qualify as assault rifles under the law. – Photo courtesy of Statesman-Examiner

Some law enforcement officers shun state’s new gun control law

Most sheriffs take part in movement; court challenge on measure by gun rights groups is underway.

  • Feb 7th, 2019
These firearms at Clark’s All-Sports in Colville qualify as assault rifles under the law. – Photo courtesy of Statesman-Examiner

Lawmakers consider 1 percent loans for college students

Legislation would fund previously passed bill that established low-interest loans through state.

  • Feb 7th, 2019

Proposed legislation would make tiny-home zoning easier

Tiny homes are an affordable housing option that are difficult to zone in both urban and rural communities.

  • Feb 7th, 2019

Lawmakers celebrate Filipino Americans in Washington state

October could be designated Filipino American History Month.

  • Feb 7th, 2019