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Washington State lawmakers introduced a multitude of bills early this 2018 session on issues of gun regulation to address the multiple incidences of gun violence in the nation. More than 10 firearm bills were introduced and led to heated debate throughout January. Four still have a chance to become...
State economists project that over a billion dollars in additional tax revenue will be flowing into government accounts over the next several years, impacting upcoming talks in the Legislature over the supplemental budget. On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast...
While state Democrats push a set of labor-union backed bills, Republicans decry the effort as special-interest politics. Some Republicans object to two bills. The first, SB 6199, would restructure how the state Department of Social and Human Services works with tens of thousands of home health care...
At the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to advocate for the governor’s proposed carbon tax. Flanked by Inslee and several prominent Democratic lawmakers outside of the Capitol Legislative Building, Kerry argued that...
Lawmakers are considering adding protections for high school and college newspapers, allowing student journalists to determine their own content. SB 5064, sponsored by Senator Joe Fain, R-Auburn, passed the Senate easily with a vote of 45-4 on Jan. 19. The bill was heard in the House of...
A bill to eliminate the death penalty in Washington state is a step closer to being signed into law. SB 6052 passed by a slim majority vote 26-22 that came just before the cutoff deadline, Wednesday, Feb. 14 at midnight to move bills out of their legislative chamber of origin. “I have no sympathy...
A proposed bill establishes a task force to provide child sexual abuse prevention curricula for all schools in the state. First introduced in 2015, HB 1539, sponsored by Representative Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Monday, Feb. 12 and awaits a hearing...
Proposed legislation would open the ability to file wrongful death lawsuits to citizens of other countries and to parents of adults.  Under current Washington State law, if a family member wants to sue for the wrongful death of a loved one they must be a U.S. citizen and a dependent of the deceased...
A bill prohibiting the criminal history question on job applications passed the Washington state House of Representatives with a 52-46 vote. HB 1298 was passed with votes along party lines on Feb. 7 with Republicans largely against it. “I speak to you today with great gravity and heaviness of heart...

Rep. Mike Steele
The state House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure Thursday that would make it a civil infraction for a person to misrepresent their pet as a service animal. Rep. Mike Steele, R-Chelan, who authored the bill, says the idea came from a 12th District business owner. While drafting the...

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