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Cleveland seeking reelection to state Senate

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

COVID-19 response became legislative priority in Washington

March 14, 2020, 6:05am Latest News

Washington lawmakers started this year’s legislative session focused on the state’s homelessness crisis and ended it 60 days later amid a global pandemic that led to them passing a supplemental… 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

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

Electric car measure charges forward in state Senate

March 13, 2020, 5:33pm Business

A bill designed to increase electric car sales in Washington narrowly passed the state Senate on Monday. Read story

State transportation budget passes, could end ‘pause’ on major highway projects

March 12, 2020, 1:57pm Latest News

OLYMPIA – A $10.3 billion budget designed to resume work on transportation projects on “pause” because of last year’s initiative to reduce fees and taxes for vehicle license tabs passed the Legislature with overwhelming majorities by both chambers on Wednesday. Read story

Coronavirus response included in final Washington budget plan

March 11, 2020, 3:56pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Racing to finish the 60-day legislative session amid growing concerns over containing the new coronavirus outbreak, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate announced a final supplemental budget agreement that includes funding for response to COVID-19. Read story

Washington lawmakers pass ban on plastic grocery bags

March 11, 2020, 10:02am Editor's Choice

OLYMPIA — Washington state lawmakers passed a ban on plastic grocery bags and added an 8-cent fee on paper bags. Read story

Bill would aid minorities’ chances for pot licenses

March 10, 2020, 6:52pm Business

OLYMPIA — Minorities could have a better shot at getting a state-issued license for a marijuana store as a way to make up for the effects of the nation’s War on Drugs campaign. Read story