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How to follow and participate in the Washington Legislature

January 25, 2021, 6:00am Latest News

A new year brings a new legislative session in Olympia, and we want to make sure you have all the tools and information you need to keep up with lawmakers.  Read story

House and Senate Democrats unveil COVID-19 relief bill

January 22, 2021, 4:23pm Latest News

House and Senate Democrats on Friday released a plan that looks to spend $2.2 billion in federal aid money on COVID-19 relief efforts in Washington state. Read story

Washington Senate bill would give tenants right to counsel and stop no-cause evictions

January 25, 2021, 10:08am Latest News

Washington could become the first state in the country to provide a right to legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court. Read story

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Washington lawmakers introduce bill to increase state gas tax

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January 22, 2021, 8:29am Latest News

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers in Washington state have introduced legislation that could increase the state gas tax, making it the highest in the country at 67.4 cents a gallon. Read story

In this March 15, 2018 photo, people watch coverage of the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Westgate Superbook sports book in Las Vegas.

Bill to expand sports gambling introduced in Washington Legislature

In this March 15, 2018 photo, people watch coverage of the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Westgate Superbook sports book in Las Vegas.

January 21, 2021, 11:11am Latest News

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to expand sports gambling in Washington state beyond Indian casinos and into privately-owned card rooms has been introduced in the state Legislature for the second consecutive year. Read story

Gas tax hike part of House Democrats’ transportation plan

January 19, 2021, 2:24pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Democratic leaders in the Washington House on Tuesday unveiled a 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package that includes an 18-cent increase in the gas tax and a new fee on carbon emissions. Read story

Bill giving those with felonies the right to vote is introduced in Washington Legislature

January 18, 2021, 3:09pm Latest News

Washingtonians would be automatically eligible to vote after they are released from incarceration under a bill that was introduced in the state House last week. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, takes the oath of office for his third term as Governor, as administered by Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Gonzalez, left, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, during a ceremony at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Inslee: Washington state must work toward a “new normal”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, takes the oath of office for his third term as Governor, as administered by Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Gonzalez, left, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, during a ceremony at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S.

January 13, 2021, 12:40pm Election

OLYMPIA — In a videotaped speech to a mostly remote meeting of the Washington Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday told lawmakers that following the challenges of 2020, the state must move to a "new normal" that addresses a multitude of issues, including equity, affordable housing and climate change. Read story

The Senate Chamber sits empty in advance of legislators convening later Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's Legislature will open under a large security presence because of concerns about efforts by armed groups who might try to disrupt the proceedings or occupy the Capitol, which is closed to the public due to the ongoing pandemic. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington lawmakers hear testimony on bill to ban chokeholds, other police tactics

The Senate Chamber sits empty in advance of legislators convening later Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's Legislature will open under a large security presence because of concerns about efforts by armed groups who might try to disrupt the proceedings or occupy the Capitol, which is closed to the public due to the ongoing pandemic. (AP Photo/Ted S.

January 13, 2021, 9:57am Latest News

OLYMPIA — A Washington legislative committee Tuesday heard testimony on a sweeping bill that would ban a range of police tactics, from chokeholds, neck restraints and tear gas, to use of military gear and no-knock warrants. Read story

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Washington legislators, including Ann Rivers, come to the Capitol armed

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January 13, 2021, 6:02am Latest News

The Washington Legislature started its new session Monday behind a security fence and a contingent of National Guardsmen. But after what happened at the U.S. Capitol last week, some lawmakers were also ready to defend themselves, if things went sideways. Read story