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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...
A proposal to establish the Evergreen Free College Program would phase in funding to pay tuition for students from low and middle income families. SB 6101 applies to state residents enrolled in a state university or community college with 45 credits and maintaining a grade point average of 2.0 or...

Amy Anderson, government affairs director of the Association of Washington Businesses, shows lawmakers the association’s review of 70 Washington manufacturers at the hearing for HB 2177 on Monday, Jan. 29. She said every industry expressed a need for skilled workers.
A proposed program could provide grants for community college students to learn trades in high demand in rural areas. All counties in the state would qualify except for King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Watcom, Thurston, Clark, Benton, and Spokane counties. Lisa Perry, representing Sierra Pacific...
A bill that would tax oil in pipelines to fund oil spill prevention planning passed out of a state Senate committee —but only after a proposed tax hike was dropped. The legislation, SB 6269, would levy taxes on oil transported in Washington state, including oil that travels by pipeline, to fund oil...

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