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Proposed public records bill is dead

Senator withdraws bill exempting legislature from public disclosure of some records

  • Feb 19th, 2019

Adult entertainers seek safer workplace standards

Proposed bill will hold employers accountable for safety of dancers; lawmakers target unsafe establishments for adult entertainers

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Immigration or citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under proposed legislation

Makes discrimination based on immigration or citizenship status illegal; goal is to give those in the citizenship and immigration process avenues for recourse; does not supercede federal law

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas

Would establish a 7-knot speed limit for vessels ½ mile from southern resident orcas; establishes a 650-yard “no-go” zone for whale watchers until at least 2023; regulations would take effect immediately if passed

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Week of razor clam digs includes two at Kalaloch

A full week of afternoon and evening razor clam digs starting Feb.…

  • Feb 14th, 2019

Law would assume kids under 14 incapable of crime

More than 3,000 12- to 14-year-olds were charged with crimes in Washington over the last six years; bill would presume this age group incapable of committing crime in an effort to keep more juveniles out of detention; prosecutors worry this would create too many additional procedures and clog courts

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Lawmakers seek permanent solution to the homeless crisis

Bill would allow homeless people to survive in public without fear of obstruction; law prohibits discrimination based on housing status

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Law would celebrate public lands in Washington state

Proposed bill designates fourth Saturday of September as Public Lands Day; lawmakers aim to preserve and protect public lands; holiday would promote connection between people and environment

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Journalists criticize proposal giving the legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws

Senate panel holds hearing on providing legislators exceptions to state law.

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Lawmakers propose new agency to administer guest worker visas

Would create state Office of H-2A Compliance and Farm Labor; aims to increase domestic worker hiring; program to be supported by fees paid by farmers.

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Continued resistance against gun control initiative; Attorney General defends law

Washington state sheriffs call upon Second Amendment rights; opposition of gun law sparks lawsuits in Washington state; some sheriffs refuse to uphold gun control initiative

  • Feb 13th, 2019
Larry Workman/Quinault Indian Nation photo of a Quinault fisherman on the river during the recent snowstorm.

Blueback closure latest in Quinault climate change impacts

Pres. Fawn Sharp headed to Washington, D.C. this week, disaster declaration likely

Larry Workman/Quinault Indian Nation photo of a Quinault fisherman on the river during the recent snowstorm.
Emma Scher | Washington Newspaper Publishers Association
                                Secretary of State Kim Wyman, inside the Washington State Archive building, discusses problems the building has been having with leaking pipes last month in Olympia. The pipe above her head has leaked water in the past. The room stores county records. The building was built in 1962

Washington’s original constitution is stored in building that keeps flooding

Records have been damaged, but none has been lost, officials said.

  • Feb 8th, 2019
Emma Scher | Washington Newspaper Publishers Association
                                Secretary of State Kim Wyman, inside the Washington State Archive building, discusses problems the building has been having with leaking pipes last month in Olympia. The pipe above her head has leaked water in the past. The room stores county records. The building was built in 1962

Forecast prompts Quinaults to halt 2019 commercial blueback fishery

The Quinault River Committee on Friday announced a closure of the 2019…

  • Feb 8th, 2019

Lawmakers celebrate Filipino Americans in Washington state

October could be designated Filipino American History Month.

  • Feb 7th, 2019

Proposed legislation would make tiny-home zoning easier

Tiny homes are an affordable housing option that are difficult to zone in both urban and rural communities.

  • Feb 7th, 2019

Lawmakers consider 1 percent loans for college students

Legislation would fund previously passed bill that established low-interest loans through state.

  • Feb 7th, 2019
These firearms at Clark’s All-Sports in Colville qualify as assault rifles under the law. – Photo courtesy of Statesman-Examiner

Some law enforcement officers shun state’s new gun control law

Most sheriffs take part in movement; court challenge on measure by gun rights groups is underway.

  • Feb 7th, 2019
These firearms at Clark’s All-Sports in Colville qualify as assault rifles under the law. – Photo courtesy of Statesman-Examiner

Ocean Shores could have a new taxi service in Abby Cab

City also proposes agreement with consultants to start dunes trail wetlands delineation

Bill would exempt some misconduct claims from public disclosure

State employees could be immune to public disclosure on harassment claims; lawmakers seek privacy protection for agency employees.

  • Feb 6th, 2019