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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

 

A proposal to remove and replace statue of state pioneer

Bill would create group to study and make recommendations on a statue to replace Marcus Whitman in Olympia and Washington, D.C.

  • Feb 15th, 2019

 

Sen. Tim Sheldon (standing) speaks in support of keeping the death penalty Friday in Olympia. Sheldon, of Potlatch, was one of three Democrats to vote against Senate Bill 5339, which would remove the death penalty from state statute. Photo by Sean Harding, Olympia News Bureau

Senate passes bill to remove the death penalty

1Measure now goes to House of Representatives; Senate passed similar bill in 2018, did not get a vote in House; currently the death penalty is not valid per the state Supreme Court

  • 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

House members propose task force on missing and murdered indigenous women

Recent study reported that Seattle had the most cases of missing and murdered indigenous women than any other city; Rep. Mosbrucker helped pass legislation last year to gather data, now is hoping to create a task force and liaisons; some are calling for the bill to add more liaison positions and elevate more tribal voices

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Lawmakers seek to improve sexual health education in Washington state

Bill would change curriculum for sexual health in schools; democratic representatives support comprehensive sexual health education; evidence-informed curriculum could change sex education in schools

  • 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

NCN911: Police warn of cougar in the Weatherwax

The Ocean Shores Police Department has issued a warning about a cougar…

  • 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.

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 consider 1 percent loans for college students

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

  • Feb 7th, 2019

Ocean Shores could have a new taxi service in Abby Cab

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

House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided

Bills heard in House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee to protect tenant rights; evictions a growing problem that disproportionately affect state’s vulnerable populations, backers say.

  • Feb 6th, 2019