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 By Emma Epperly    News    May 1, 2019

Legislature's 2019 hits and misses

The 2019 legislative session began Jan. 14 and ended on April 28. The operation, transportation, and capital budgets all passed the Legislature. Key issues this session have ranged from requiring...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    May 1, 2019

Nursing bill passed with controversial measures eliminated

The Legislature passed an amended version of a bill mandating meal and rest breaks for certain healthcare employees last Wednesday afternoon. The...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    May 1, 2019

Personal objection won't exempt children from vaccinations

The Washington House of Representatives concurred with Senate amendments last Tuesday that remove the personal exemption to the measles vaccine and send the legislation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who is...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 24, 2019

Senate passes bill to remove personal vaccine exemption

In a late-night party-line vote, the Washington Senate approved the removal of the personal exemption for the measles, mumps, and rubella, the MMR vaccine last Wednesday. Senate Republicans used parli...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 24, 2019

Law changes statute of limitations for sex crimes

There will be no statute of limitations for most sex crimes against minors and longer statutes of limitations for rape under legislation signed...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 24, 2019

Felon voting rights bill signed by Inslee

Legislation focused on streamlining the process and notification requirements to felons of their voting rights and the restoration of those rights was signed by Governor Jay Inslee last Wednesday....

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 10, 2019

Law to take guns in domestic violence moves on

A bill to require the removal of firearms from domestic violence calls if there is probable cause that a crime was committed passed out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee last Tuesday. The bill...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 10, 2019

Senate passes amended budget

The state Senate passed an amended version of the operating budget totalling $52.5 billion for the next biennium with 31 in favor and 17 opposed. With more than 40 amendments discussed on the floor,...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 3, 2019

"Ghost Gun" bill moves to Senate Committees

Undetectable and untraceable firearms and their creation would be illegal under proposed legislation. These types of firearms are being manufactured most commonly via 3-D printers and are often...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 3, 2019

Malicious harassment renamed hate crime in proposed legislation

Newly named hate crime offenses would let courts infer the offense was due to the perception of the victim’s association with a protected class, unless evidence suggests otherwise. The legislation w...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 3, 2019

Bill to raise tobacco age to 21 heads to governor

The legal age to purchase tobacco and vape products is about to rise from 18 to 21 under a bill headed to the governor’s desk after a 33-21 vote by the Washington State Senate last Wednesday. The...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 27, 2019

Lawmakers propose school levy increases

Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate Bill 5313, currently under consideration in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 27, 2019

Lawmakers consider extending eviction process timeline

Protecting tenant rights through increasing the length of eviction proceedings is part of eviction-reform legislation, currently in the state House of Representatives. The House Committee on Civil...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 13, 2019

Legislation on School Resource Officer training requirements pass senate

The Washington State Senate passed a bill regarding school resource officer training in a bipartisan - 48 in favor and one excused - vote on Tuesday. Senate Bill 5141 outlines specific training...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 13, 2019

Senate votes to create broadband office

A statewide broadband office would be created under legislation passed by the Washington state Senate in a unanimous vote last Wednesday. Senate Bill 5511 would establish the Governor’s Statewide...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 13, 2019

Senate votes to extend orders to minors

The Washington State Senate voted to extend Extreme Risk Protection Orders to minors in a bipartisan 43-5 vote last Tuesday. Senate Bill 5027 extends Extreme Risk Protection Orders or ERPOs to...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 6, 2019

Bill to require sex education passes senate

The state Senate, in a party-line 28-21 vote, passed a bill last Wednesday that would require public schools to teach medically and scientifically accurate comprehensive sexual health education. The f...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 6, 2019

Legislature hears on $30 Car Tab Initiative

The Senate and House transportation committees heard public testimony last Tuesday on Tim Eyman’s “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs” initiative. The legislature has the option to propose an alternati...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    February 27, 2019

Funding proposed to encourage thoughtful online behavior

Media literacy and digital citizenship would be the focus of a grant program for Washington school districts. Senate Bill 5594 was heard by the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, Wednesday,...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    February 20, 2019

Do law makers want to keep secrets?

Media organization representatives from across Washington lambasted proposed legislation that exempts the legislature from portions of the Public Records Act. As the proposed bill moves through the...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    February 13, 2019

Tiny houses bill proposed

Tiny houses are a trendy new housing option that are often considered affordable; however, zoning requirements and other laws make them difficult to legally place. A tiny house is usually between 100...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    February 6, 2019

Lawmakers try again to exempt themselves from public records

Legislation proposed on the last day of January would largely exempt state legislators from the Public Records Act, according to the attorney who led the fight against a similar bill last year. That...

 

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