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UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

New gun laws seek to protect victims of domestic violence, prevent suicide

New laws allow courts to take guns away from people who commit domestic violence harassers, voluntary surrender for people who fear they may commit suicide.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:47 a.m.

State looks to increase nurses trained to treat rape victims

Washington looks to increase the number of nurses who can treat sexual assault victims and properly collect evidence of rape.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Students to lawmakers: Act on gun violence or we will boot you out

Students and adults gather on the steps at the state Capitol after school walkouts to protest gun violence.


Students to lawmakers: ‘we will boot you out’ for lack of action on gun violence

Students and adults gather on the steps at the state Capitol after school walkouts to protest gun violence.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 8:01 a.m.

Inslee signs bill requiring prisons and jails to accommodate midwives and doulas for pregnant inmates

Pregnant inmates can receive assistance from midwives and doulas under new law.


Law to give job protection to domestic violence victims

New law will offer employment protections to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.


Marijuana product labels to get a bit less cluttered

Labels for marijuana products to be streamlined slightly with removal of retailer information.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Eyman sues over Legislature’s changes to I-940

Initiative activist Tim Eyman challenges legislative maneuver that changes Initiative 940 without putting it on the ballot.


9 important topics the Washington Legislature tackled in 2018

Legislature tackled many issues in its 60-day session, but didn’t wrestle all of them to the ground


Spin Control: How I-940 could become law with changes already on the books

How the Legislature undid parts of Initiative 940 before it becomes law.


Washington legislators say it’s high time to get rid of daylight saving time

Some Washington legislators want to get rid of daylight saving time.


Washington lawmakers send Inslee $1.2 billion supplemental budget

Legislature passes $1.2 billion supplemental budget with extra money for public school salaries, a property tax cut in 2019 and no new taxes.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 11:24 p.m.

Washington Legislature calls it quits for 2018

Legislature adjourns Thursday night.


Deadly force initiative moves forward in Washington legislature

Legislature could pass deadly force initiative and a bill to change a day later.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Washington Senate Democrats try to push through property tax break for 2019

Senate Democrats propose a property tax break for 2019 that Republicans say is too small and unconstitutional.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Inslee signs bump stock ban

Gov. Jay Inslee signs bump stock ban, but the Senate delays a debate over new restrictions on semi-automatic rifles and school security measures.


Better health care coverage for Marshallese pass Legislature

More Pacific Islanders, including those from the Marshall Islands, would have access to healthcare under a bill that received final approval in the Senate.


Legislature bans worker non-disclosure agreements for sexual assault

Washington workers couldn’t be forced to sign non-disclosure agreements about sexual assault or harassment.


Senate resolution takes shot at Inslee

Senate resolution attempts to mock Gov. Jay Inslee after his veto of Legislature’s effort to exempt itself from the Public Records Act


Legislature votes to ban cancer-causing foam used to fight fires

Cancer-causing chemicals like the ones threatening West Plains water supplies would be banned for firefighters starting in 2020.


Senate resolution takes shot at Inslee

Senate resolution attempts to mock Gov. Jay Inslee after his veto of Legislature’s effort to exempt itself from the Public Records Act.


Voluntary waiver of gun rights gets final approval

Washington residents who are suicidal or otherwise in mental distress could voluntarily surrender their right to possess or buy firearms.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 7:03 a.m.

Washington’s net neutrality law is nation’s first

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Washington net neutrality bill.


Spin Control: House GOP refused to vote on home health care worker bill

When not talking led to not voting in the House last week.


House gives final OK to bill increasing Spokane County Commission to five seats

Spokane County five-commissioner bill sent to Gov. Jay Inslee.


Lawmakers funnel millions into opioid fight

Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.


Ban the Box clears last hurdle in Legislature

Washington businesses would not be able to ask new job applicants if they have a criminal record under legislation that received final legislative approval Saturday.


Every pet isn’t a service animal, Washington Legislature says

Legislature puts limits on what can be called a service animal.


‘Bill of rights’ for student borrowers passes Washingon House

House gives final approval to protections for college students from predatory loan practices.


Washington Legislature keeps rules for body cam images

Rules for the release of images from police body cameras will remain in place.