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Lawmaker pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges

Lawmaker pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges

A proposed state 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,
State legislators, AG are resisting federal ruling on net neutrality

State legislators, AG are resisting federal ruling on net neutrality

Democrats in the state Senate are pushing back against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through a number of bills designed to protect net neutrality in Washington. In April 2015, the FCC established new rules that reclassified broadband services as telecommunications, which made the …
Workplace bullying, sexual harassment bills go before lawmakers in Olympia

Workplace bullying, sexual harassment bills go before lawmakers in Olympia

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 …
Gun regulation bills draw an overflow crowd to Olympia hearing

Gun regulation bills draw an overflow crowd to Olympia hearing

Nearly 1,000 people from law enforcement, gun rights groups, gun violence prevention groups, veterans and other Washington state residents signed in to support or oppose contested firearm bills heard on Monday (Jan. 15). Hundreds lined up along the corridors of the …
Thanks to Hirst decision, water use will weigh heavily on state lawmakers in 2018

Thanks to Hirst decision, water use will weigh heavily on state lawmakers in 2018

By Alex Visser WNPA Olympia News Bureau With the 2018 Washington state legislative session kicking off, a 2016 state Supreme Court decision on water continues to make waves in the House and Senate. The so-called Hirst decision in October 2016 set a precedent that compels local governments and landowners to take into account the availability...

Legislature takes big step toward resolving capital budget issue for current biennium

By Alex Visser WNPA Olympia News Bureau Washington state’s elusive capital budget was brought closer to realization on Monday (Jan. 15), when a Senate committee approved a bill that allocates spending for the 2017-19 biennium. The capital budget pays for state-authorized construction projects over a two-year period across Washington. When the Legislature failed to pass...
Climate activists attempt to occupy front steps of the state Capitol

Climate activists attempt to occupy front steps of the state Capitol

Climate activists erected tents and teepees Monday (Jan. 8) in front of the Washington state Capitol building, on the opening day of the Legislature’s 60-day session. “We are here today in prayer,” said Paul Che Oketen Wagner of the Saanich First Nation ...
Gov. Inslee lashes back at Sessions’ decision on marijuana enforcement

Gov. Inslee lashes back at Sessions’ decision on marijuana enforcement

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee expressed a defiant attitude toward U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced the rescinding of Obama-era guidelines that assisted the legalization of non-medical marijuana in Washington, seven other states and the District of Columbia. Sessions’ announcement came …
Legislature stops short of ‘levy cliff,’ bill goes to Inslee for signature

Legislature stops short of ‘levy cliff,’ bill goes to Inslee for signature

Educators across the state seem relieved after the Legislature voted to avoid the “levy cliff” on March 9. The House passed SB 5023 with 87 in support and 10 opposed after the Senate approved the bill with 48 in support and one opposed. The bill will freeze the current levy lid at 28 percent until 2019;...