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Senate and House dispute kills data privacy bill

Groundbreaking data privacy legislation designed to give consumers more access and control over their own digital data died on last Thursday, even though it had been passed in both the House and...

 

Protestors attack new sex ed bill

Despite the governor's warning to avoid crowds in the wake of the coronavirus, hundreds of concerned parents and residents converged on the Capitol la...

 

Pence arrives at 'epicenter' of outbreak

On the day Washington state recorded its 11th death from the COVID-19 virus, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Pierce County to meet with Gov. Jay...

 

Amid protesters, Satanists meet on Capitol steps

Congregants from the Seattle-based Satanic Temple of Washington drew a crowd of prayerful onlookers last Friday as they hoisted their pentagram and...

 
 By Cameron Sheppard    News    March 4, 2020

State steps up response

Public health officials Monday asked the Washington State Legislature for $100 million for a coordinated response to the coronavirus outbreak in the state. Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman...

 

Parents and teachers express concerns over mandatory sex ed

Parents, students and educational professionals voiced their concerns last week in a public hearing about a bill that would mandate comprehensive sexual education in public schools beginning as soon...

 

Lawmakers aim to make childcare more accessible

Parents could have better access to childcare providers if lawmakers pass a bill that aims to make the childcare certification process cheaper and easier. The primary sponsor of House Bill 2556, Rep....

 

Governor signs into law tax bill to help fund higher education

Fewer businesses will be asked to foot the bill for higher education programs after Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6492 on...

 

Advisory votes on tax increases under fire

Advisory votes that give voters a chance to let lawmakers know their opinions on legislation to increase taxes may be removed from future ballots. Instead, senators are considering replacing advisory...

 

Armed gun rights supporters rally at Capitol

Roughly 100 gun rights activists marched on the State Capitol on Friday and rallied in opposition to recently proposed gun regulation bills. Matt Mars...

 

Lawmakers back timber industry

Washington state legislators are organizing bipartisan support for the timber industry amid the realization that forestry draws carbon from the atmosphere and could help the state meet its carbon...

 

GOP bill aims to guarantee $30 car tabs

As Initiative 976, the car tabs measure approved by voters in November, is held up in the State Supreme Court, Republicans proposed laws that would guarantee the $30 car tabs Washington voters...

 

Gun rights activists rally at Capitol

On what turned out to be a cold and rainy day, nearly 150 people from across Washington gathered Jan. 17 on the state Capitol steps in support of...

 

Lawmakers move to limit companies that trade data

Washington lawmakers have proposed groundbreaking legislation that aims to give consumers more control over their digitally collected personal data and image. Senate Bill 6281, or the Washington...

 

Industry leaders worry clean-fuel program could hurt economy

Democrats in the state Legislature are backing bills aimed at reducing carbon emissions and pollutants put into the atmosphere by transportation fuels with the goal of achieving a 95% reduction in...

 

GOP senators propose free use of state parks

Residents and visitors will get a break if lawmakers approve a proposal to do away with Discover Pass fees for using state parks. Senate Minority Lead...

 

Homeless emergency grabs attention of lawmakers

Lawmakers are scrambling to confront a crisis that leaves people sleeping out in the streets. The complex of contributing factors of homelessness in Washington are creating a formidable challenge for...

 

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