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Woman with local roots competing in “Titan Games”

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

  • Feb 14th, 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

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 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

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

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

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
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                                Secretary of State Kim Wyman, inside the Washington State Archive building, discusses problems the building has been having with leaking pipes last month in Olympia. The pipe above her head has leaked water in the past. The room stores county records. The building was built in 1962

Washington’s original constitution is stored in building that keeps flooding

Records have been damaged, but none has been lost, officials said.

  • Feb 8th, 2019
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                                Secretary of State Kim Wyman, inside the Washington State Archive building, discusses problems the building has been having with leaking pipes last month in Olympia. The pipe above her head has leaked water in the past. The room stores county records. The building was built in 1962

Lawmakers celebrate Filipino Americans in Washington state

October could be designated Filipino American History Month.

  • 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 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