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Lawmakers consider 1 percent loans for college students

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

  • Feb 7th, 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

Bill would exempt some misconduct claims from public disclosure

State employees could be immune to public disclosure on harassment claims; lawmakers seek privacy protection for agency employees.

  • Feb 6th, 2019

House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided

Bills heard in House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee to protect tenant rights; evictions a growing problem that disproportionately affect state’s vulnerable populations, backers say.

  • Feb 6th, 2019

Bill would end death penalty in state

Legislation would remove death penalty from state statute, comes after Gov. Inslee’s moratorium and Supreme Court ruling suspending death sentences.

  • Feb 6th, 2019

Lawmakers move to prevent youth suicide in schools

Bill would implement two-year suicide prevention program, increases mental health promotion.

  • Feb 6th, 2019
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill of the 2019 legislative session Monday, Feb. 4, at a ceremony in the State Reception Room in Olympia. Substitute House Bill 1064, adds training requirements for law enforcement officers to de-escalate situations and expands training in the areas of mental health and first aid to help avoid the use of deadly force. The law contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately. “This bill which passed unanimously in both chambers doesn’t fix everything,” Inslee said. “Far from it. But it is a start and it is a message that when people listen to each other and open their hearts to each other, justice can move forward.” Photo by Sean Harding | Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

Inslee signs first bill of session into law

Substitute House Bill 1064, adds training requirements for law enforcement officers to de-escalate situations and expands training in the areas of mental health and first aid to help avoid the use of deadly force.

  • Feb 6th, 2019
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill of the 2019 legislative session Monday, Feb. 4, at a ceremony in the State Reception Room in Olympia. Substitute House Bill 1064, adds training requirements for law enforcement officers to de-escalate situations and expands training in the areas of mental health and first aid to help avoid the use of deadly force. The law contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately. “This bill which passed unanimously in both chambers doesn’t fix everything,” Inslee said. “Far from it. But it is a start and it is a message that when people listen to each other and open their hearts to each other, justice can move forward.” Photo by Sean Harding | Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

Lawmaker proposes tax reform task force

Would make recommendations to Legislature this year; seeks to make to make tax system that “better serves” Washington residents.

  • Feb 4th, 2019

Lawmakers propose lowering B&O tax for some rural manufacturers

The B&O tax is state’s major business tax, according to committee documents. The tax is imposed against a company’s gross income and does not deduct the cost of doing business.

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Profiled pooch owners may be able to appeal breed-based dog bans in their cities

Cities that ban certain dog breeds would have to provide an appeal process for owners under proposed legislation that makes exceptions for good dogs of outlawed pedigree.

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Legislators roll out school safety proposals

Creates statewide threat assessment best-practices; adds school resource officer training standards.

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Lawmakers propose limits on scope of Public Records Act for Legislature

Changes the definitions of agency and legislature in state Public Records Act; creates new permanent exemptions for withholding records.

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Senators seeks to outlaw dwarf tossing in Washington state

Commercial establishments would be barred from hosting dwarf tossing events.

  • Jan 31st, 2019

Washington State explores new ways to assist homeless college students

House proposes two bills to give some homeless students free housing for a year, and launch a pilot program giving students access to reduced meal plans and other amenities

  • Jan 31st, 2019

Suicide review teams could prevent youth deaths

Bill would allow a review team to study past youth suicides in the state.

  • Jan 31st, 2019
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                                Grays Harbor Transit’s Ken Mehin demonstrates the new wheelchair restraints on a new bus.

Grays Harbor Transit adds six new buses with upgrades

Grays Harbor Transit has purchased six new diesel buses — complete with…

Louis Krauss | Grays Harbor News Group
                                Grays Harbor Transit’s Ken Mehin demonstrates the new wheelchair restraints on a new bus.

Westport Police conclude alleged assault case is unfounded

The Westport Police Department has concluded its investigation of an alleged assault…

  • Jan 31st, 2019

Proposed competitive grant program would fund water infrastructure projects

Senate Bill 5136 would create a water infrastructure program to prioritize projects in four areas and fund them through a competitive grant process. The goal of the bill, sponsored by District 15 Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, is to create a streamlined process to evaluate and fund water infrastructure projects.

  • Jan 30th, 2019

Domestic violence offender registry could improve safety in Washington state

Public would have access to list that lawmakers hope will hold offenders accountable.

  • Jan 30th, 2019

Wheeled drones may be coming to a sidewalk near you

State Department of Transportation wants more safety features.

  • Jan 30th, 2019