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 By Alex Visser    News    March 8, 2018

Bill to outlaw Atlantic salmon net pen farming before governor

OLYMPIA (March 8) --The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed or extended leases on marine net pen farms that raise “nonnative” fish. The...

 By Alex Visser    News    March 1, 2018

Hirst fix: What about Skagit?

Along its 150-mile course the Skagit River crosses boundaries political and natural, as its journey carries water from British Columbia to Washington state, cutting through the high, dry air of the Cascade Mountains before settling in the low...

 By Alex Visser    News    February 8, 2018

Bipartisan bills target Cold War-era prohibition on nuclear attack preparations

OLYMPIA (Jan. 31) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, emergency planning in Washington state could include preparations for potential nuclear attacks, with bipartisan support in bills entering both the House and Senate. The Legislature...

 By Alex Visser    News    February 1, 2018

Senate votes to extend college financial aid to state Dreamers

OLYMPIA (Jan. 25) -- A bipartisan effort in the Senate passed a bill Jan. 24 that would extend financial opportunities in higher education to some undocumented immigrant students in Washington state. Senate Bill 5074 makes a couple of existing...

 By Alex Visser    News    January 25, 2018

State legislators combat federal ruling on net neutrality

OLYMPIA (Jan. 22) -- Democrats in the state Senate are pushing back against the Federal Communications Commission through a number of bills designed to protect net neutrality in Washington. In April 2015, the FCC established new rules that...

 By Alex Visser    News    January 25, 2018

American Indian activists rally in Olympia

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...

 By Alex Visser    News    January 18, 2018

Water use to weigh heavily on legislature

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...

 By Alex Visser    News    January 18, 2018

Legislature passes bill to settle water use dispute

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19) -- One of the year’s most important legislative battles in Washington state came to a surprisingly quick conclusion last Thursday evening when a water-use bill passed both chambers and went to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee, who...


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