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Help for kelp is on the way in Washington state

Below the surface of Puget Sound, disappearing kelp forests and eelgrass beds are threatening the stability of dependent species. The shrinking population is now drawing the... — Updated 5/12/2022


School active shooter drills traumatic for students

K-12 schools have more guidance on how to conduct active-shooter lockdown drills with a new bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill prohibits schools from conducting drills involving life-like simulations or reenactments... — Updated 4/6/2022


Legislature 2022: What passed and what didn't

Gov. Jay Inslee said lawmakers delivered on his call to take "big, bold, action," after the 60-day legislative session came to a close March 10 in Olympia, working until the... — Updated 3/17/2022


Awash in money, lawmakers propose big increases in spending

Small business owners and schoolchildren hurt by the pandemic will see some financial relief with approval of state supplemental budget proposals now under consideration. "We're loo... — Updated 2/24/2022


Statewide COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax

With data indicating a decline in cases and COVID-19 related hospitalizations, the state is entering a period where restrictions can be lifted, Gov. Jay Inslee said. While there is no date to end the universal indoor mask mandate,... — Updated 2/17/2022


Legislature approves $16 billion transportation plan

A $16 billion plan crafted by Democrats would fund hybrid-electric ferries, high speed rail, highway maintenance is gaining speed in the state Legislature. "'Move Ahead Washington'... — Updated 2/17/2022


Liias and Democrats push $16 billion transportation plan

A $16 billion plan crafted mainly by Democrats would fund hybrid-electric ferries, high speed rail, highway maintenance is gaining speed in the state Legislature. "'Move Ahead... — Updated 2/14/2022


Employment test for marijuana use questioned

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. SB 5517 would update the... — Updated 2/5/2022


Legislators: Make March 22 Women's Suffrage Day

Women fought a decades-long battle for the right to vote, and now lawmakers want to memorialize the crusade by designating March 22 Women's Suffrage Day. The 19th Amendment,... — Updated 1/20/2022 Full story


Gov. Inslee: Unlawful to lie about election results

On the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he will support legislation criminalizing lying about election results. "It should... — Updated 1/9/2022


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