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Lawmakers propose lowering B&O tax for some rural manufacturers

The B&O tax is state’s major business tax, according to committee documents. The tax is imposed against a company’s gross income and does not deduct the cost of doing business.

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Profiled pooch owners may be able to appeal breed-based dog bans in their cities

Cities that ban certain dog breeds would have to provide an appeal process for owners under proposed legislation that makes exceptions for good dogs of outlawed pedigree.

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Legislators roll out school safety proposals

Creates statewide threat assessment best-practices; adds school resource officer training standards.

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Lawmakers propose limits on scope of Public Records Act for Legislature

Changes the definitions of agency and legislature in state Public Records Act; creates new permanent exemptions for withholding records.

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Senators seeks to outlaw dwarf tossing in Washington state

Commercial establishments would be barred from hosting dwarf tossing events.

  • Jan 31st, 2019

Washington State explores new ways to assist homeless college students

House proposes two bills to give some homeless students free housing for a year, and launch a pilot program giving students access to reduced meal plans and other amenities

  • Jan 31st, 2019

Suicide review teams could prevent youth deaths

Bill would allow a review team to study past youth suicides in the state.

  • Jan 31st, 2019

Proposed competitive grant program would fund water infrastructure projects

Senate Bill 5136 would create a water infrastructure program to prioritize projects in four areas and fund them through a competitive grant process. The goal of the bill, sponsored by District 15 Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, is to create a streamlined process to evaluate and fund water infrastructure projects.

  • Jan 30th, 2019

Domestic violence offender registry could improve safety in Washington state

Public would have access to list that lawmakers hope will hold offenders accountable.

  • Jan 30th, 2019

Wheeled drones may be coming to a sidewalk near you

State Department of Transportation wants more safety features.

  • Jan 30th, 2019

Food labeling and the definition of milk topic of proposed legislation

Almond, soy drinks might have to change marketing.

  • Jan 30th, 2019

Bill would make daylight saving time permanent for state

Lawmakers tire of falling backward, springing forward.

  • Jan 30th, 2019

Texting motorists may face steep fines in school zones

Bill would double fine for motorists caught using a cell phone or device in school zone

  • Jan 30th, 2019

Homeless youth support may be extended and refined by Senate

By Emma Scher Washington Newspaper Publishers Association For the past nine years,…

  • Jan 30th, 2019

The military department aims to protect public schools from catastrophic events

Plan may provide more resources to schools in the case of an emergency.

  • Jan 30th, 2019
Quinault Councilman John Bryson Jr, Treasurer Larry Ralston, Councilwoman Clarinda Underwood, Congressman Derek Kilmer, President Fawn Sharp, Councilwoman Latosha Underwood, Councilwoman Dawneen DeLaCruz, the president’s son Daniel Malvini

Kilmer, Quinaults decry shutdown’s impact on tribes

The Quinault Indian Nation along with many other Northwest tribes were adversely…

Quinault Councilman John Bryson Jr, Treasurer Larry Ralston, Councilwoman Clarinda Underwood, Congressman Derek Kilmer, President Fawn Sharp, Councilwoman Latosha Underwood, Councilwoman Dawneen DeLaCruz, the president’s son Daniel Malvini

Washington motorcyclists rev support for anti-profiling law in Olympia

House Bill 1152 would prohibit a law enforcement officer or agency from engaging in motorcycle profiling and give bikers legal recourse if they are the brunt of profiling.

  • Jan 28th, 2019

Everyone wants to clean up the energy sector, but parties disagree on how

Democrats and Republicans both want to turn Washington into a clean energy state, but they just don’t agree on how to do it.

  • Jan 28th, 2019

Students trek to Olympia to support plastic straw ban

Disability rights group objects on behalf of people who need straws.

  • Jan 28th, 2019

Summit Pacific celebrates completion of Wellness Center

Crowd turns out to tour facility.

  • Jan 25th, 2019