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 By Emma Epperly    News    February 21, 2019 

Proposed public records bill is dead

• Senator withdraws bill exempting legislature from public disclosure of some records OLYMPIA (Feb. 19) A proposal to provide exemptions to the Public Records Act for the Legislature is dead, according to bill sponsor, Jamie Pederson, D-Seattle....

 By Emma Epperly    News    February 21, 2019 

Senators vote to end state death penalty

• Currently the death penalty is not valid per the state Supreme Court OLYMPIA (Feb. 15) The Senate passed a bill Friday to remove the death penalty from Washington state statute and replacing it with life in prison without parole. Senate Bill 5339...

 By Emma Epperly    News    January 31, 2019

Lawmakers could remove the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes

The House public safety committee heard public testimony Tuesday on two bills that address the statute of limitations in certain felony sex offenses as well as another bill that would establish best practices for storing and processing of sexual assa...

 By Emma Epperly    News    January 31, 2019

Watering your lawn and water conservation in a drought draw lawmaker attention

Differences in water usage best practices during a drought and homeowners’ association landscaping requirements are the target of new legislation. The goal of House Bill 1165, introduced by District 34 Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, is to require...

 By Emma Epperly    News    January 24, 2019

Creation of State Broadband Office focus for Gov. Inslee

• Wide rural and tribal support (OLYMPIA) Jan. 16, 2019--The creation of a Statewide Broadband Office and an initial investment of $25 million into getting broadband into “every nook and cranny” was announced by Governor Jay Inslee on Jan. 16....

 By Emma Epperly    News    January 24, 2019

Governor Inslee speaks on 'state of the state'

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA— In his State of the State address Jan. 15, Governor Jay Inslee emphasized his program requests but was criticized by Republicans for fueling partisanship. House minority leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm,...

 By Emma Epperly    News    January 24, 2019

"Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs" initiative could be on November ballot

(OLYMPIA) Jan. 17, 2019-- “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs,” an initiative that would limit annual motor-vehicle registration fees to $30 except for voter-approved charges, was sent to the Legislature for consideration by the Secretary of State. Init...

 By Emma Epperly    News    January 17, 2019

Legislature heading to amend new I-940 law

House Bill 1064, a proposed amendment to De-Escalate Washington- Initiative 940, was unanimously voted through the House Public Safety Committee Tuesday. After the vote, Rep. Brad Klippert, R Kennewick, who is a former law enforcement officer, led me...

 By Emma Epperly    News    January 17, 2019

Native American voting rights bill proposed

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposed bill would allow the residential address portion of a voter registration form to be filled out with a nontraditional address. Democrat majority caucus chair, Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, pre-filed...

 By Emma Epperly    News    February 7, 2010

Lawmakers propose limits on scope of Public Records Act for Legislature

OLYMPIA (Feb. 4, 2019) 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 bill was passed in a...

 By Emma Epperly    News    February 7, 2010

Death penalty slated for execution

OLYMPIA (Feb. 5, 2019) Legislators propose replacing the moribund death penalty with the mandatory imposition of life imprisonment without parole. The Senate Law and Justice committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5339 sponsored by Senator Re...


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