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Bill promotes carbon-negative timber industry

Washington state lawmakers have passed legislation that will align the timber and forestry sector with the state’s carbon emission goals. The Senate voted 46-3 on March 5 in favor of passing House Bill 2528, which would... — Updated 3/12/2020


Senators balance transportation budget despite revenue shortfall caused by I-976

OLYMPIA -- Facing a shortfall of $450 million, lawmakers this week patched together a budget to fund highway maintenance, the Washington State Patrol and other transportation projects. The Senate Transportation Committee developed... — Updated 3/2/2020


Democratic lawmakers budget would spend excess funds

Democratic caucuses in the House and Senate rolled out separate spending plans that include hundreds of millions of dollars to address climate change, homelessness, and behavioral health.  Without imposing new taxes, the proposed... — Updated 2/27/2020


Legislature hears ideas to pay for roads

OLYMPIA – Washington state lawmakers will consider a gradual transition from the state’s current gasoline tax to a system that would charge drivers fees based on how many miles they travel. This comes amid rising concerns over... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Bills would promote carbon-reducing timber industry

OLYMPIA -- Legislators are organizing bipartisan support for the timber industry amid the realization that forestry draws carbon from the atmosphere and could help the state meet carbon-reduction goals. House Bill 2528 and companio... — Updated 1/30/2020

 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Senate bill would prohibit sale of flavored vaping products

OLYMPIA -- Legislation requested by the governor's office and supported by Democratic senators aims to ban flavored vaping products and impose sweeping regulations on the industry. If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the... — Updated 1/23/2020

 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Senate Democrats push for mandatory training for conceal-carry permit

OLYMPIA -- A proposal by Senate Democrats would require concealed pistol license applicants  to complete a safety course. Senate Bill 6294 would require conceal-carry permit holders to complete a eight hours of training that... — Updated 1/21/2020 Full story


Republicans aim to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hang-up

As Initiative 976, the car tabs measure approved by voters in November, is held up in the State Supreme Court, Republicans proposed laws that would guarantee the $30 car tabs Washington voters approved. “It is just a clean $30... — Updated 1/16/2020


GOP senators propose free use of state parks

OLYMPIA — Residents and visitors will get a break if lawmakers approve a proposal to do away with Discover Pass fees for using state parks. Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville and Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville,... — Updated 1/16/2020


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