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Legislature Lifts Outdated Restrictions on Food Trucks

How a Vashon Island food truck owner/operator helped end old brick-and-mortar limitations.

 

Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Behind the Scenes of the Governor’s Veto of the Public Records Bill

How negotiations between Jay Inslee’s office, lawmakers, and media organizations led to the end of the controversial legislation.

 

By Taylor McAvoy

Inslee Vetoes Public Records Bill; Lawmakers Get a Do-Over

Meantime, news organizations, including this one, have agreed to pause a lawsuit over access.

 

Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way) battled tears during the House floor debate on a bill to ban bump stocks, while her colleague Rep. Tana Senn (D- Mercer Island) turned to comfort her. Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Washington State Legislature Moves Closer to Bump Stock Ban

The device that increases a gun’s rate of fire has been used in mass shootings.

Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way) battled tears during the House floor debate on a bill to ban bump stocks, while her colleague Rep. Tana Senn (D- Mercer Island) turned to comfort her. Photo by Taylor McAvoy
Photo by Taylor McAvoy

State Legislators Restrict Public Access to Their Records

Critics slam the move as a blow to government transparency.

Photo by Taylor McAvoy
Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Legislature Considers Domestic Violence Survivor Workplace Protections

A new bill could safeguard victims against on-the-job discrimination.

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Washington State Capitol. Photo by Nicole Jennings

Washington May Soon Teach Sexual Abuse Prevention in Schools

The State Legislature is considering training aimed at improving child safety.

Washington State Capitol. Photo by Nicole Jennings

State Legislators Look to “Ban the Box”

The House of Representatives votes to end questioning criminal history on job applications.

Seattle Fire Department headquarters in Pioneer Square. Photo by Alex Garland

Washington Lawmakers Seek to Increase Nuclear Attack Preparations

Bipartisan bills in the House and Senate could remove Cold War era emergency planning restrictions.

Seattle Fire Department headquarters in Pioneer Square. Photo by Alex Garland
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Automatic Voter Registration Could Come to Washington

Democratic legislators are pushing a number of bills to make voting easier.

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Washington Renters’ Protections May Be On the Way

New legislation could make it harder for tenants to be evicted.

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For Opponents of a Carbon Tax, an Initiative Threat Looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

Death and Taxes Top of Mind in First Week of Legislature

And guns and climate too.

Inslee: ‘It’s Our State’s Destiny … to Fight Climate Change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

What’s Ahead for Washington’s New-Look Legislature

Now in full control, Democrats hope to take care of business, but moderates might muck things up.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

Judge Delivers Crushing Blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter
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Firearms Banned From State Senate Gallery During Sessions

You can still bring a gun to the House gallery, though.

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Initial Returns Point to a Power Shift in the State Senate

With a 25-24 advantage, what will Democrats do?

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Justices Frustrated With State’s Tardiness on Funding of Schools

The high court also struggled to understand how much money is needed to achieve compliance.

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Governor: ‘Much Work to Be Done’ on Racism in the U.S.

President Donald Trump “never misses a chance to polarize America,” Inslee says.