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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...
Many of you have contacted my office about my vote on Senate Bill 6617 (The Legislative Public Records Act). I have always cared for and championed open and transparent government. The Legislative Public Records Act was actually an attempt to increase disclosure and transparency for the state...
    OLYMPIA - State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle succeeded Friday in passing a bill to exempt themselves from public records requests.  The move comes on the heels of a court ruling that the Legislature is required to adhere to the state’s open government laws. The bill, SB 6617,...
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...

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