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Vancouver legislator proposes bill to allow optometrists to perform surgery

January 31, 2023, 5:34pm Clark County News

A proposed bill from state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, that would allow optometrists to perform a wider range of services came under fire Tuesday morning during a public hearing before… Read story

Orcutt, other lawmakers back bills creating special Mount St. Helens license plate

January 31, 2023, 2:02pm Clark County Politics

The Mount St. Helens Institute last week announced its campaign for a special license plate featuring the image of Mount St. Helens is back on track. Read story

Washington lawmakers of both parties back 13 bills meant to boost housing supply

February 1, 2023, 2:00pm Northwest

Whether through easing permitting, zoning or other regulations, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants to make it easier to build homes and apartments in Washington. Read story

Patrick Quinton, Vancouver economic development director, said the city is not keeping pace with the demand for affordable housing, as the stock is low and prices are unattainable.

Missing middle housing bills back on Legislature’s table

Patrick Quinton, Vancouver economic development director, said the city is not keeping pace with the demand for affordable housing, as the stock is low and prices are unattainable.

January 31, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

Two bills aimed to close the housing gap known as the “missing middle” are up for legislative review this year. Read story

Legislature explores options for addressing drug possession law

January 30, 2023, 8:53pm Clark County Politics

State lawmakers are wrestling with how severely to punish people caught with drugs. Read story

Washington Democrats choose Shasti Conrad as party chair

January 30, 2023, 6:36pm Northwest

The Washington State Democratic Party has chosen Shasti Conrad, the former leader of King County Democrats, as its new chair. Read story

Orion Muller waves goodbye to his mother on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, his first day of kindergarten at Greenwood Elementary. Washington is the only state that doesn't require kids to start school until age 8.

Washington parents push back against proposal to lower required school age

Orion Muller waves goodbye to his mother on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, his first day of kindergarten at Greenwood Elementary. Washington is the only state that doesn't require kids to start school until age 8.

January 30, 2023, 6:02am Editor's Choice

Washington is a national outlier when it comes to the age at which students are required to be registered for school. Read story

Goal of Zach’s Law: Educate Washingtonians about cold-water shock

January 29, 2023, 6:00am Clark County News

On an unusually warm spring day in March 2021, Centralia teen Zachary Rager jumped from the Chehalis River Bridge into the river below. It was something he and his friends had done many times before, but this time it would cost Rager his life. Read story

Washington State Capitol Legislative Building (iStock.com)

Washington bills aim to slow rent increases

Washington State Capitol Legislative Building (iStock.com)

January 29, 2023, 6:00am Clark County News

Two parallel rent-stabilization bills have hit the legislation table this year. Introduced by state Reps. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle, and Alex Ramel, D-Bellingham, House Bills 1388 and 1389 aim to ensure reasonable and predictable rent hikes in Washington. Read story

The intersection of Highway 500 and Northeast 54th Avenue is seen the morning of Nov. 13 following the removal of stoplights.

Washington traffic safety is ‘a crisis that we can’t ignore,’ lawmakers say

The intersection of Highway 500 and Northeast 54th Avenue is seen the morning of Nov. 13 following the removal of stoplights.

January 27, 2023, 7:28am Latest News

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, alongside Gov. Jay Inslee, pledged Thursday to throw their weight behind solving Washington’s traffic safety crisis, a show of bipartisan solidarity that the legislators said reflected the urgency of the need. Read story