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 By Emma Epperly    News    April 4, 2019

Senate Democrats announce budget proposal

• Includes a graduated Real Estate Excise Tax and separate Capital Gains Tax • Includes new insurance premium tax increase to combat wildfires OLYMPIA (March 29) -- The Senate Democrats introduced their operating budget proposal on Friday...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    April 4, 2019

Proposed law would confiscate guns in DV situations

• Firearms would be removed from domestic violence situations for 5 days • Already considered a best practice but not done statewide • Measure has already passed the House OLYMPIA (April 2, 2019) — A bill to require the removal of firearms...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 28, 2019

Senate Democrats announce budget proposal

OLYMPIA (March 29) -- The Senate Democrats introduced their operating budget proposal on Friday totaling $52.2 billion -- an increase of $7.5 billion over the last biennium. K-12 education accounts for 60 percent of the increase in spending with...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 28, 2019

Plastic 'Ghost Gun' bill moves to Senate committee

• Would make 3-D printed guns illegal, along with the sale of said guns • Recent case on ghost guns in New Jersey makes it a national issue OLYMPIA (March 26) -- Undetectable and untraceable firearms and their creation would be illegal under prop...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 28, 2019

New taxes in House Democrats' budget

• Utilizes increase from economic growth revenue to fund education • Includes new taxes like capital gains and real estate excise OYMPIA (March 25) -- The House of Representatives’ budget proposal includes a capital gains and real estate...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 21, 2019

State house works on tenant rights

• Already passed the Senate, • Would give tenants 14 days before eviction process begins OLYMPA (March 19) -- Protecting tenant rights through increasing the length of eviction proceedings is part of eviction-reform legislation, currently in the...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 21, 2019

Law signed for Native American voting rights

• Allows non-traditional addresses to be used for voter registration on tribal lands • Election officials must have access by public roads to ballot drop boxes on tribal lands OLYMPIA (March 15)...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 14, 2019

Senate nixes bill to reduce school bond threshold

OLYMPIA (March 12, 2019) School District Bonds will still need 60 percent of the vote, after a Senate constitutional amendment failed to get the two-thirds vote required to pass. The amendment received 28 votes in favor and 21 in opposition. The...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 14, 2019

Senate bill targets human trafficking in agriculture

• Requires suppliers in the agricultural supply chain to report human rights violations to retail sellers • Met with wide farmer community opposition OLYMPIA (Feb. 28, 2019) Retail sellers of agricultural products, regardless of where the...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 14, 2019

Senate vote unanimous for state broadband office

OLYMPIA (March 7, 2019) -- A statewide broadband office would be created under legislation passed by the Washington state Senate in a unanimous vote March 6. Senate Bill 5511 would establish the Governor’s Statewide Broadband Office, require the...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    February 28, 2019

Legislation would tighten use of tech ed funds

OLYMPIA (Feb. 21) -- School districts would be required to use excess career and technical education funding for specific purposes under proposed legislation. This bill sends an important message that sending money for career and technical education...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    February 28, 2019

Legislature hears public testimony on $30 car tab initiative

• Initiative would reduce car tabs to a flat rate • Opponents say it would harm transportation funding OLYMPIA (Feb. 260 -- The Senate and House transportation committees heard public testimony Tuesday on Tim Eyman’s “Bring Back Our $30 Car T...

 
 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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