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 By Sydney Brown    News    April 22, 2021

Working families' tax credit heads for approval

OLYMPIA — A tax credit for working families in Washington passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote April 11. Lawmakers on both sides saying the exemption for low-income earners was a long time...

 By Sydney Brown    News    April 15, 2021

Senate passes carbon cap after debate on green energy

OLYMPIA — A controversial statewide cap on carbon emissions scraped through the Legislature in a 25-24 vote late April 8 after lawmakers passed a Climate Commitment Act. The majority Democrats say it will boost the state’s economy and address a...

 By Sydney Brown    News    April 15, 2021

Whitman County receives $33 million for projects

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers passed a $6.23 billion capital budget in a unanimous vote April 2, earmarking millions in funding for investments in community projects and public works. “We’ve put together a budget that not only provides for the...

 By Sydney Brown    News    April 15, 2021

House passes $11 billion transportation budget

OLYMPIA — The Washington House of Representatives passed a $10.94 billion transportation budget with some bipartisan support 87-11 on April 2. The budget pays for improved roadways and expanded “green” transportation. Construction of a...

 By Sydney Brown    News    March 4, 2021

Texas' 'Juneteenth' to become new Washington State holiday

OLYMPIA – State representatives approved a bill to make “Juneteenth” a state holiday to honor the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. On June 19, 1863 Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told the slaves...

 By Sydney Brown    News    March 4, 2021

House approves ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

OLYMPIA — A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment, and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27. HB 1054 was the subject of much...

 By Sydney Brown    News    February 18, 2021

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism

OLYMPIA — Senate Bill 5107 would require counties with populations exceeding 50,000 to establish emergency housing and homeless shelters. The bill sponsored by Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, would also require mental health, employment and police r...

 By Sydney Brown    News    January 28, 2021

Thousands sign up to testify

OLYMPIA - More than 1,500 people signed up to speak on behalf of reopening Washington businesses during a Jan. 20 public hearing on Senate Bill 5114. Sponsored by both Democrat and Republican senators...

 By Sydney Brown    News    January 21, 2021

Bill promotes automatic right to vote for convicts

OLYMPIA — Convicted felons would automatically regain a right to vote under the proposed House Bill 1078. Rep. Tarra Simmons, D-Bremerton, the convicted felon to serve in the Legislature, testified in favor of the measure Jan. 14. “This is...

 By Sydney Brown    News    January 21, 2021

Capitol campus remains under guard

OLYMPIA -Hundreds of Washington State Patrol troopers and National Guardsmen will continue to surround the Capitol Campus through the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Patrol spokesman Chris...

 By Sydney Brown    News    January 21, 2021

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony

A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the beginning of an effort by several state lawmakers to address police violence and its impact on marginalized communities. If...


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