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3 Washington families on how new police laws could have helped their loved ones

May 31, 2021, 6:02am Latest News

George Floyd’s murder sparked worldwide protests against police brutality. When it came to new police accountability measures enacted in Washington state this year, the focus was on people killed closer… Read story

Two bills aim to expand public broadband in Washington, but there’s a hitch

May 24, 2021, 6:03am Business

Washington state went all in on expanding public broadband this year. So much so, that the Legislature passed two different bills aimed at extending high-speed internet to people in rural… Read story

State Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, left, talks with state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, right, on the otherwise empty floor of the Washington House, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. With most representatives attending remotely, lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Business leaders quiz Clark County legislators on capital gains tax, I-5 Bridge, COVID relief

State Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, left, talks with state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, right, on the otherwise empty floor of the Washington House, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. With most representatives attending remotely, lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 23, 2021, 6:07am Business

Southwest Washington business community leaders held their annual Legislative Review on Friday, quizzing lawmakers from the 17th, 18th and 49th districts about their work during this year’s session and their biggest priorities going forward. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee objected to linking climate legislation to passage of a transportation package. (ted s.

Southwest Washington lawmakers decry Inslee’s partial veto of bills

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee objected to linking climate legislation to passage of a transportation package. (ted s.

May 18, 2021, 7:00pm Clark County News

State lawmakers from Southwest Washington balked at Gov. Jay Inslee’s partial veto on a pair of carbon-curbing bills Monday, a move that legislators on both sides of the aisle are calling an overreach of the governor’s powers. Read story

Washington State'is Supreme Court Building, also known as the Temple of Justice, photographed on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Olympia, Wash.

Deported for drug charge, former Vancouver man seeks U.S. reentry after Blake decision

Washington State'is Supreme Court Building, also known as the Temple of Justice, photographed on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Olympia, Wash.

May 17, 2021, 6:20am Editor's Choice

Before he was deported to Korea, John had visited there only once. He could understand some of the language from listening to his parents while growing up, but he wasn’t fluent or even conversational.  Read story

New Washington law offers prison alternatives for mentally ill

May 11, 2021, 11:16am Latest News

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that will soon offer an alternative to prison for people with a serious mental illness who commit a crime. Read story

Venus Aoki, 24, has been trying to get access to gender-affirming surgery since she came to Washington five years ago, but her insurance company has refused to cover the doctor-prescribed treatments. A new bill recently passed in the Washington State Legislature will require insurance companies to cover these gender-affirming health care procedures. The bill awaits Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature.

Insurers in Washington must cover transgender health care under new bill

Venus Aoki, 24, has been trying to get access to gender-affirming surgery since she came to Washington five years ago, but her insurance company has refused to cover the doctor-prescribed treatments. A new bill recently passed in the Washington State Legislature will require insurance companies to cover these gender-affirming health care procedures. The bill awaits Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature.

May 10, 2021, 6:00am Latest News

At 19, Venus Aoki left Mexico because of the discrimination she experienced there as a transgender woman. Read story

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Amid legal challenge, Washington capital gains tax signed into law

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May 4, 2021, 4:24pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — A new capital gains tax on high profit stocks, bonds and other assets was signed into law Tuesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Read story

Washington creates permanent rental assistance program

May 3, 2021, 8:04am Latest News

OLYMPIA— The idea of rental assistance — the government stepping in to pay people’s rent to prevent them from losing their home — is not new, but it has taken on a new prominence and urgency in the pandemic, as billions of federal dollars have helped pull tenants out from… Read story

Students wear masks as they work in a fourth-grade classroom, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley, Wash.  (AP Photo/Ted S.

Child care, early learning advocates in Washington celebrate Legislative wins

Students wear masks as they work in a fourth-grade classroom, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley, Wash.  (AP Photo/Ted S.

April 28, 2021, 7:45am Latest News

OLYMPIA — It was a big year in state politics for programs that serve students and children. Especially the youngest ones. Read story