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A sign marks the entrance to Forest Park Estates, a planned neighborhood development near Concrete, WA. While 10 lots were sold, only one saw development, as Department of Ecology rules have prohibited homebuilding.
Along its 150-mile course the Skagit River crosses boundaries political and natural, as its journey carries water from British Columbia to Washington state, cutting through the high, dry air of the Cascade Mountains before settling in the low wetness of Puget Sound. The Skagit Basin is the third-...

Toppenish School District Superintendent, John Cerna, speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 28 about his existing program arming certain trained school administrators.
Republican lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow school administrators, and in some cases teachers, to carry firearms in Washington state classrooms. Conversation around gun legislation and school safety programs ignited across the country in response to a shooting at a high school in...
An amended version of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal to tax carbon emissions to fight climate change is effectively dead in the state Legislature. The primary sponsor of the carbon tax bill and its shepherd in the state Senate, Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D–Seattle, said on March 1 in a phone interview...
In a down-to-the-wire decision, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a controversial bill that would have immediately exempted the state Legislature from public disclosure law three hours before the bill would have been enacted into law. At 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, Inslee’s office sent out a press...
When Governor Jay Inslee vetoed Senate Bill 6617 on Thursday night, he had some time to spare. But not much. The governor had until had until 11:59 p.m. to decide whether to sign the controversial bill, veto it entirely, partially veto it, or let it pass without his signature. He faced the prospect...
House Democrats passed a controversial bill that restructures how home healthcare workers contract with the state despite all 48 Republican members refusing to vote on it. The bill, SB 6199, which was requested by the state Department of Social and Human Services, would reclassify roughly 35,000...

Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. "No more silence," the crowd chanted. "End gun violence."
More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in Olympia in support of gun legislation. They partnered with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and on Tuesday, March 6 called on lawmakers to pass SB 6620 sponsored by Senator David Frockt, D-...

Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6.
A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. SB 5922 passed both chambers in the Washington state legislature by slim margins and largely along party lines. The vote was 29-20 in the Senate and 56-41 in the House of Representatives. Gov. Inslee...
After five years in the making, the Reproductive Parity Act passed both chambers by slim margins and largely along party lines. SB 6219 passed with a 50-48 vote on Feb. 28 and awaits the Governor’s signature. The bill requires employers who offer maternity coverage to offer abortion coverage as...
A bill expanding free speech for high school and college newspapers passed both chambers by wide margins in the last hours before the legislative cutoff on March 2. The bill now heads to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk where it awaits a signature. SB 5064, sponsored by Senator Joe Fain, R-Auburn, allows...

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