State Legislature

Rodney Tom. Photo by John Stang

Rodney Tom’s Centrist Dance

After party-hopping from Republican to Democrat and back again (and again), can the fiscal conservative woo voters in the 48th?

 

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No Longer Silent: Sexual Assault Survivors Push Legislative Change

Seeking systematic reforms, victims spoke up this legislative session.

 

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Legislators Come to Agreement on Deadly Force Reform

An agreement between lawmakers, activists, and police alters and passes the I-940 ballot initiative.

 

Legislature Lifts Outdated Restrictions on Food Trucks

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

By Taylor McAvoy

Home healthcare worker bill approved by state Legislature

In protest, House Republicans refused to vote on the controversial bill.

By Taylor McAvoy
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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.

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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.

By Taylor McAvoy
The Alliance for Gun Responsibility and other gun rights activists packed the Senate Ways and Means hearing room on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to hear a new piece of gun legislation. Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Washington Lawmakers Introduce New Gun Legislation

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, legislators look to pass minor gun control measures.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility and other gun rights activists packed the Senate Ways and Means hearing room on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to hear a new piece of gun legislation. Photo by Taylor McAvoy
Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Lawmakers Face Backlash Over Public Records Bill

Legislators frame the bill as a win for open government, while opponents hope for an Inslee veto.

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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.

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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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Affirmative Action Could Make a Comeback in Washington

State lawmakers are considering a change in order to fight against systematic discrimination.

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Washington state capitol campus. Photo by Cacophony/Wikimedia

Capital Budget Passed, But Affordable Housing Still Threatened

Some state projects aimed at homeless families and disabled veterans won’t happen.

Washington state capitol campus. Photo by Cacophony/Wikimedia
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Ballot Initiative Threat Has Energy Industry Warming to Governor’s Carbon Tax Plan

Businesses fear a ballot-passed tax could be far costlier than a negotiated deal.

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Washington Lawmakers Clash Over Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes

A passed bill eliminating victims’ restrictions may not be heard in the state Senate.

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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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With a Win on the Eastside, Democrats Could Flex Political Muscles Fast

The deadlock in Olympia is leading to layoffs and frustration, but perhaps for not much longer.