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People with mental health problems and juveniles can be detained or restrained by law enforcement, according to new legislation on the use of … more
A bill that aimed to limit the governor’s emergency powers died in a late night debate on the floor of the Washington State Legislature just hours before the bill cutoff deadline. Critics … more
OLYMPIA — State lawmakers finished their work Thursday, passing the state budget on party lines and completing other important legislation. The Legislature adjourned for the year Thursday … more
People with mental health problems and juveniles can be detained or restrained by law enforcement, according to new legislation on the use of force. The new law, House Bill 1735, passed the … more
A bill that aimed to limit the governor’s emergency powers died in a late night debate on the floor of the Washington State Legislature just hours before the bill cutoff deadline. Critics … more
Anglers took to the waters of the Cowlitz River on Saturday morning to catch smelt at the Castle Rock Al Helenberg Memorial Cowlitz Boat Ramp. The one-day recreational smelt dip-net fishery was … more
A controversial hunt is being reconsidered by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, months after the commission voted to suspend spring bear hunting in 2022. The commission will hear a … more
OLYMPIA — Following chaotic, mostly secret final meetings of the Washington State Redistricting Commission, the state Legislature is looking to reform how redistricting is done in the … more
Washington’s highly-touted and highly controversial long-term care program will be delayed by 18 months, as lawmakers work to correct flaws in the program. Gov. Jay Inslee signed bills Jan. … more
Washington’s highly-touted and highly controversial long-term care program will be delayed by 18 months, as lawmakers work to correct flaws in the program. Gov. … more
With an unprecedented increase in catalytic converter thefts across the state in recent months, Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature have introduced competing bills in an attempt to … more
Forcing higher densities in Washington’s cities will help reduce housing costs, cut fuel emissions and put an end to exclusionary zoning, supporters of House Bill 1782 say. Critics of the … more
Washington marijuana users won’t face losing their job over a positive drug test if a proposal under consideration in the state Legislature wins approval. Senate Bill 5517 would update the … more
Legislators in the state’s House Transportation Committee heard emotional testimony on Thursday, Jan. 13 afternoon from a Southwest Washington family who is advocating for a new law that would … more
OLYMPIA — The Legislature must act this session on climate change, housing and transportation, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday, Jan. 11. In his annual State of the State address, Inslee again … more
With Washington state currently facing a wave of COVID-19 spurred on by the disease’s omicron variant, the state has put a number of measures in place to handle the surge in hospitalizations, … more
OLYMPIA — A House panel has voted to delay the long-term care tax until 2023. On a 31-2 vote, a House committee approved a bill Thursday to delay the implementation of the tax. On a 23-10 … more
OLYMPIA — For the second year in a row, the Washington Legislature will be mostly virtual. As the number of COVID-19 cases spikes across the state, the state House and Senate have both … more
Booster doses for 12 to 15 year-olds will likely be approved by two federal agencies by the end of the week. The Food and Drug Administration recommended that kids and teens in this age group … more
Washington officials have updated standards hospital officials will use if they get so many patients they no longer have the ability to treat them all. The state's crisis standards of care, which … more
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