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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a signing ceremony in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Inslee closed out the final day of his last legislative session, Thursday, March 7, 2024, as Washington state governor by describing it as a banner year in the state&rsquo;s fight against climate change.

The 2024 legislative session wrapped last week; now, Inslee considers signing 300 bills into law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a signing ceremony in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Inslee closed out the final day of his last legislative session, Thursday, March 7, 2024, as Washington state governor by describing it as a banner year in the state&rsquo;s fight against climate change.

March 14, 2024, 7:40am Latest News

During the past two months, state legislators in Olympia passed a stack of 359 bills that Gov. Jay Inslee has been working through signing into law this week. Read story

State Sen. Karen Keiser, seen here in the Senate chambers on Jan. 12, 2024, will retire later this year.

Longtime Washington state senator is leaving, but not right away

State Sen. Karen Keiser, seen here in the Senate chambers on Jan. 12, 2024, will retire later this year.

March 13, 2024, 6:49pm Northwest

Veteran state Sen. Karen Keiser bade farewell to her colleagues in the final hours of the 2024 legislative session. Read story

Washington funds genetic testing for backlog of unidentified remains

March 13, 2024, 5:48pm Latest News

The Legislature has approved $500,000 to fund genetic genealogy and DNA testing for the backlog of unidentified remains in Washington. Read story

A bill strengthening peer support counseling for first responders passed the state legislature last week and has advanced to the governor's desk. The bill particularly seeks to bolster confidentiality protections, following a Clark County Superior Court ruling that found officers who sought group counseling following Vancouver police Officer Donald Sahota's slaying could be deposed about the counseling session. This screenshot from video provided by the Lower Columbia Major Crimes Team shows members of law enforcement at the scene after the the shooting.

Bill that protects peer support counseling for first responders heads to Gov. Inslee

A bill strengthening peer support counseling for first responders passed the state legislature last week and has advanced to the governor's desk. The bill particularly seeks to bolster confidentiality protections, following a Clark County Superior Court ruling that found officers who sought group counseling following Vancouver police Officer Donald Sahota's slaying could be deposed about the counseling session. This screenshot from video provided by the Lower Columbia Major Crimes Team shows members of law enforcement at the scene after the the shooting.

March 13, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

A bill that aims to expand and strengthen peer support counseling services for first responders is on the governor’s desk after passing the Legislature on March 1. Read story

Eviction cases usually take about a week, leaving little time for attorneys to prepare for cases. The quick process benefits landlords, but it&rsquo;s causing burnout among defense attorneys.

WA approves more funds for tenant attorneys in Clark and Spokane counties as evictions remain high

Eviction cases usually take about a week, leaving little time for attorneys to prepare for cases. The quick process benefits landlords, but it&rsquo;s causing burnout among defense attorneys.

March 12, 2024, 7:45am Latest News

As a growing number of renters in Washington face eviction, the state will soon fund more attorneys to help tenants at risk of losing their homes. Read story

The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

From controversial to life-saving, these WA school bills are headed to Inslee to sign

The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

March 11, 2024, 7:38am Latest News

Washington lawmakers had a laundry list of K-12 public education priorities when they opened for the 2024 legislative session on Jan. 8. Read story

Students board the bus to Hamilton International Middle School on the first day of school in this Sept. 14, 2022 file photo. A proposal to transition Washington&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s diesel-powered school buses to zero-emission alternatives has passed the Legislature.

WA Legislature revs up plan to electrify 10,000 school buses

Students board the bus to Hamilton International Middle School on the first day of school in this Sept. 14, 2022 file photo. A proposal to transition Washington&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s diesel-powered school buses to zero-emission alternatives has passed the Legislature.

March 11, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

Washington is poised to start transitioning its more than 10,000 school buses from diesel to electric, to cut the carbon pollution getting into kids' lungs and our environment. Read story

The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

WA Legislature wraps up with bills on the cutting room floor, half of initiatives cleared

The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

March 9, 2024, 2:32pm Latest News

On their last day in the Capitol on Thursday, state legislators agreed to create a retirement savings program for Washington workers who don’t have access to one through their jobs, exempted more child care providers from the state’s business and occupation tax, among other bills. Read story

Gov. Jay Inslee, second from right, and his wife, Trudi, meet with local teachers, parents, administrators and staff to talk about special education challenges at Ogden Elementary School on Feb. 9.

Washington Lawmakers, Gov. Inslee aim to help paraeducators

Gov. Jay Inslee, second from right, and his wife, Trudi, meet with local teachers, parents, administrators and staff to talk about special education challenges at Ogden Elementary School on Feb. 9.

March 9, 2024, 6:12am Clark County News

Representatives from Vancouver Public Schools met with Gov. Jay Inslee in early February to showcase Ogden Elementary School’s paraeducators and special education services. Read story

FILE - People watch House floor proceedings from the gallery on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, in Olympia, Wash. In a busy, 60-day Washington state legislative session, lawmakers made bipartisan strides to address the opioid crisis and tweak policing practices but fell short in getting some of the most anticipated progressive bills across the finish line. The session ended Thursday, March 7 with over 300 bills heading to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee's desk.

Washington manages bipartisan support to ban hog-tying by police and address opioid crisis

FILE - People watch House floor proceedings from the gallery on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, in Olympia, Wash. In a busy, 60-day Washington state legislative session, lawmakers made bipartisan strides to address the opioid crisis and tweak policing practices but fell short in getting some of the most anticipated progressive bills across the finish line. The session ended Thursday, March 7 with over 300 bills heading to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee's desk.

March 8, 2024, 1:29pm Latest News

Over a busy, 60-day legislative session, Washington state lawmakers made strides to address the opioid crisis and ban a controversial policing practice with bipartisan support, but fell short in getting some of the most progressive bills across the finish line. Read story