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Washington State Rep. Paul Harris speaks to a table of people Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at Brewed Awakenings in northeast Vancouver. Harris and State Sen. Sen. Lynda Wilson met with constituents to hear their concerns while the legislature is not in session.

Vancouver Rep. Paul Harris announces bid for state Senate

Washington State Rep. Paul Harris speaks to a table of people Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at Brewed Awakenings in northeast Vancouver. Harris and State Sen. Sen. Lynda Wilson met with constituents to hear their concerns while the legislature is not in session.

March 7, 2024, 12:09pm Clark County News

Vancouver Republican Rep. Paul Harris announced Thursday that he is running for the Washington state Senate in the 17th District. Read story

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

Dual language education is one step closer to becoming a WA law

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

March 6, 2024, 12:31pm Latest News

Aidé Villalobos starts her mornings by greeting third graders in Spanish as they walk into her classroom. Read story

Bills to help families with low incomes go to Governor

March 6, 2024, 7:44am Latest News

OLYMPIA — A pair of bills that will help families with low incomes find better financial stability are on the way to the governor, according to an announcement by the Washington House Democrats. House Bills 2230 and 2007, sponsored by Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, work on removing barriers facing families… Read story

Bill that would up oversight of WA hospital consolidations dies

March 5, 2024, 7:10pm Northwest

Washington's Keep Our Care Act, which would have increased oversight of the state's hospital and health care consolidations, has failed to make it over the finish line this legislative session. Read story

Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, ranking minority member of Senate Ways and Means Committee, listens to a question from the media during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 in Olympia, Wash.

WA Legislature passes 3 initiatives covering taxes, schools and police chases

Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, ranking minority member of Senate Ways and Means Committee, listens to a question from the media during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 in Olympia, Wash.

March 5, 2024, 7:54am Latest News

The Washington Legislature on Monday passed three of six initiatives to the Legislature, which would bar an income tax, put a "parents' bill of rights" into law and lift some restrictions on when police can chase suspects. Read story

House Deputy Minority Leader Mike Steele, R-Chelan, arrives with Senate Minority Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, to provide the Republicans&rsquo; response to Gov. Jay Inslee&rsquo;s State of the State address on the second day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

Where your WA legislator stands on push for ‘privilege’ exemption on public records

House Deputy Minority Leader Mike Steele, R-Chelan, arrives with Senate Minority Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, to provide the Republicans&rsquo; response to Gov. Jay Inslee&rsquo;s State of the State address on the second day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

March 4, 2024, 6:04am Latest News

Five years ago, the Washington Legislature was dragged, kicking and screaming, into compliance with the state’s Public Records Act, which says their emails, text messages and other documents should be available for public scrutiny. Read story

Financial literacy may soon be required in WA to graduate. Meet the Tri-City teen behind it

March 2, 2024, 6:02am Northwest

Ashwin Joshi is a seriously suave, sociable Tri-Cities high school senior. Read story

The Washington State Capitol building is seen on the first day of the legislative session, Jan. 8, in Olympia.

Washington lawmakers approve out-of-state option for long-term care benefit

The Washington State Capitol building is seen on the first day of the legislative session, Jan. 8, in Olympia.

March 1, 2024, 5:52pm Health

Workers may soon be able to bring their state long-term care benefit with them if they move out of Washington. Read story

State Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, seen here as the House of Representatives convenes for floor debate, Jan. 22, 2024. Wilcox, who has been elected to seven terms in the 2nd Legislative District, said he would not seek reelection in 2024.

Former Washington House Republican leader Rep. J.T. Wilcox will not seek re-election

State Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, seen here as the House of Representatives convenes for floor debate, Jan. 22, 2024. Wilcox, who has been elected to seven terms in the 2nd Legislative District, said he would not seek reelection in 2024.

March 1, 2024, 5:49pm Northwest

State Rep. J.T. Wilcox, who led the House Republican Caucus for five years, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election this fall. Read story

The state seal in the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia.

Bill to require Washington courts to try minors based on their age at the time of the crime awaits Inslee’s signature

The state seal in the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia.

March 1, 2024, 10:43am Latest News

Two children of the exact same age who are charged with the exact same crime in Washington often face drastically different punishments. Read story