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Governor Jay Inslee met with the Associated Students of the University of Washington. He said fully funding higher education is the next step after the capital budget fix.
University of Washington students from the Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma campuses met with lawmakers in support of higher education bills during the annual Huskies on the Hill lobby day, Monday, Jan. 29. The Associated Students of the University of Washington from all three UW campuses asked their...
Seattle area Democratic lawmakers could repeal a 20-year-old voter initiative meant to outlaw preferences based on race and gender in college admission, public employment, and contracting.  The bill’s prime sponsor, Senator Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, and co-sponsors of SB 6406 believe that...
The state House of representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would reduce car tab taxes that help finance regional transportation projects. The bill, HB 2201, would require Sound Transit to change its formula for valuing cars and, by extension, tab rates--a move that mass transit advocates...

Senate Labor and Commerce Committee members Senators Karen Keiser, D-Kent, Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill, and Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue
Proposals before the state Legislature would grant new protections from sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. The bills come after national reports about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged repeated bullying and sexual harassment of women who worked for him. The news came at...

Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee members from left, Senators Karen Keiser, Patty Kuderer, Annette Cleveland, and Ann Rivers.
Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the legal age to purchase any nicotine product from 18 to 21 years old. SB 6048, sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer, D-Redmond, was heard on Monday, Jan. 22 by request of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “No bill in...

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual March for Life on Monday, Jan. 22. Most were opposed to bills heard that same day concerning abortion and contraceptive measures.
Under a sea of umbrellas, hundreds of pro-life activists held roses and signs on the steps of the Capitol Legislative Building in Olympia on Monday, Jan. 22.  Republican lawmakers spoke to the crowd at the annual March For Life calling for a halt to several abortion and contraception bills. “We...

Puget Sound orcas surface near Tacoma
Washington state’s orca whale population could receive a wealth of new legislative support, as a Senate committee Tuesday afternoon heard a bill that would require the state to add greater protections for the marine mammals, which are on the U.S. endangered species list. Senate Bill 6268, comes...
In an effort to tackle the opioid addiction epidemic, state legislators, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Democratic Governor Jay Inslee are rolling out legislation to limit opioid prescriptions and invest in drug treatment infrastructure. On Jan. 12, the House Committee on Healthcare and...

Washington Native American tribal members and activists gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan 23 to show a force of lobbying over various bills that impact Indian Country.
The marble walls of the Washington state Capitol reverberated with the roar of drums and voices Tuesday afternoon, as Native American activists poured into Olympia to sound the bell on a number of political topics. The eighth annual Native American Indian Lobby Day brought more than 100 activists...
Legislators are once again pushing for an across-the-board manufacturing tax cut that was vetoed during the previous legislative session by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill, which is sponsored by four Republicans and two Democrats, would hew the manufacturing business and occupation tax rate by...

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