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Police reform bill could bring Washington to forefront of accountability movement

October 6, 2020, 8:25am Latest News

As police reform advocates look to sustain this summer’s public outrage, the state Legislature is taking a second look at overhauling Washington’s peace officer decertification system. Read story

17th Legislative District candidates divergevideo icon

October 4, 2020, 6:04am Clark County News

Voters in the 17th Legislative District have a choice between two drastically different candidates for the state House of Representatives on Nov. 3. Read story

Washington's state Capital building in Olympia (iStock.com)

Washington one of the few states without a ‘cooling off’ period for public servants turned lobbyists

Washington's state Capital building in Olympia (iStock.com)

September 7, 2020, 6:00am Latest News

OLYMPIA -- As Gov. Jay Inslee’s staff in March and April swarmed to acquire scarce medical gear and draft Washington’s extensive stay-home restrictions to curb the coronavirus, a familiar name peppered them with emails: Brian Bonlender. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a news conference in Seattle. Washington state sued Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, claiming the company was negligent when it used deceptive marketing to say the drugs were effective for treating pain and were unlikely to cause addiction. The lawsuit filed Thursday says the company that supplies raw materials used to make opiates drove the pharmaceutical industry to recklessly expand the production of the drugs. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson calls for Washington law to track, report police use of deadly force

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a news conference in Seattle. Washington state sued Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, claiming the company was negligent when it used deceptive marketing to say the drugs were effective for treating pain and were unlikely to cause addiction. The lawsuit filed Thursday says the company that supplies raw materials used to make opiates drove the pharmaceutical industry to recklessly expand the production of the drugs. (AP Photo/Ted S.

July 1, 2020, 8:41am Latest News

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday recommended the state Legislature fortify police accountability laws by requiring law enforcement agencies to collect detailed information about use of deadly force and share it publicly. Read story

In this photo taken March 23, 2020, cherry trees bloom next to the Capitol building in Olympia, Wash.

Steeper dive in Washington revenues projected, workers furloughed

In this photo taken March 23, 2020, cherry trees bloom next to the Capitol building in Olympia, Wash.

June 17, 2020, 12:23pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Washington state is facing a reduction in projected state revenues of about $8.8 billion over the next three years due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, new numbers released Wednesday show. Read story

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Seattle rep proposes coronavirus recovery plan with new taxes on capital gains, large employers

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June 12, 2020, 9:06am Latest News

State Rep. Frank Chopp on Thursday proposed a $2 billion revenue and spending package — including new taxes on capital gains and large corporations — to confront Washington’s staggering economic downturn amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

4 Washington lawmakers call for a special session to deal with pandemic’s effects

April 22, 2020, 8:33am Latest News

OLYMPIA — Four Republican legislators made a pitch Tuesday for a special session in the near future to help bring the state back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that lawmakers should call themselves back to the Capitol if Gov. Jay Inslee won't. Read story

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Cleveland seeking reelection to state Senate

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April 3, 2020, 4:23pm Clark County News

Sen. Annette Cleveland, the Democrat from Vancouver, is again running to represent Washington’s 49th Legislative District in Olympia. Read story

New laws include everything from students in tribal regalia to bicyclists

March 19, 2020, 10:04am Latest News

OLYMPIA – Students can wear tribal regalia at graduation, the state will get an improved background check system for firearms, and bicyclists will be able to treat stop signs more like yield signs under bills signed Wednesday. Read story

Chehalis Basin flood bill beats buzzer

March 16, 2020, 8:13pm Northwest

Centralia — A bill that would fund flood damage reduction and habitat restoration in the Chehalis River Basin passed through the House and Senate on Thursday night, after a conclusion involving much negotiation. Read story