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Social equity in cannabis industry at stake in legislative bills, licensing

April 7, 2021, 7:58am Latest News

Nine years ago, Washington broke major ground as one of the first two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But left out of the conversation in 2012 was… Read story

Controversy follows GOP pick of former Washington Sen. Joe Fain for redistricting panel

April 5, 2021, 11:23am Latest News

When state Senate Republican leader John Braun mulled his pick for the Washington State Redistricting Commission this year, he had no shortage of choices. Read story

Legislature moves to resentence up to 114 people serving life without parole under Washington’s three-strikes law

April 8, 2021, 9:15am Latest News

A decadeslong effort came to fruition Wednesday when the Legislature passed a bill to resentence as many as 114 people serving life without parole under Washington’s three-strikes law. Read story

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman talks to reporters in her office, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Wyman was talking about a series of election- and ballot-security bills her office is asking the Washington Legislature to consider during the current session. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Despite voting reform bills, Republicans in charge of Idaho, Washington elections say overhaul not needed

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman talks to reporters in her office, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Wyman was talking about a series of election- and ballot-security bills her office is asking the Washington Legislature to consider during the current session. (AP Photo/Ted S.

April 5, 2021, 6:02am Election

SPOKANE — Amid a wave of restrictive voting proposals that GOP state lawmakers say are aimed at combating voter fraud, Idaho and Washington’s top election officials, both Republicans, say their states’ voting systems passed the test of the 2020 elections with flying colors. Read story

Lawmakers push for $600M in cuts to unemployment taxes in Washington

April 2, 2021, 8:00am Business

Employers in some pandemic-ravaged Washington state industries could see up to $600 million in new tax relief under legislative measures that also aim to improve jobless claims processing and prevent unemployment fraud. Read story

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Washington Senate passes first draft of budget plan

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April 1, 2021, 3:37pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — The Washington Senate on Thursday passed its two-year budget spending proposal that lawmakers said focuses on helping those hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee urges the passage of House Bill 1091 and Senate Bill 5126, which would address the increasing effects of climate change, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Seafarers' Memorial Park in Anacortes, Wash.

With oil refineries in the background, Inslee urges action on climate change bills

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee urges the passage of House Bill 1091 and Senate Bill 5126, which would address the increasing effects of climate change, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Seafarers' Memorial Park in Anacortes, Wash.

March 30, 2021, 7:32pm Business

BELLINGHAM — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee promoted two bills advancing through the Legislature that would address the increasing effects of climate change while adding family-wage jobs. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia two men stand armed with guns at a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington under a measure being considered by Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington House passes open carry ban at Capitol, demonstrations

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia two men stand armed with guns at a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington under a measure being considered by Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ted S.

March 30, 2021, 1:59pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — A controversial bill that would ban the open carry of firearms at public demonstrations and at the state capitol passed the state House of Representatives on Sunday after a five-hour debate. Read story

Michelle McClendon, a Community Resource Consultant at Simply United Together, photographed at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac, Wash., on March 24, 2020. (Matt M.

Washington looks to end driver’s license suspensions over unpaid debt

Michelle McClendon, a Community Resource Consultant at Simply United Together, photographed at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac, Wash., on March 24, 2020. (Matt M.

March 29, 2021, 6:05am Latest News

From 2014 to 2019, Michelle McClendon was without a driver’s license after she could not afford to pay a parking ticket she incurred while living out of her Toyota Camry. She also could not afford to be relicensed, so when public transit could not get McClendon to school, work or… Read story

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

Court’s legalization of drug possession has Washington lawmakers scrambling

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

March 29, 2021, 6:00am Courts & Crime

Lawmakers in Olympia are scrambling to respond to a Washington Supreme Court decision that declared the state’s law criminalizing drug possession unconstitutional because it did not require prosecutors to prove intent. Read story