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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

Washington could ban cancer-causing chemicals used to fight fires

Fire departments could be banned from using foam with certain chemicals that cause cancer, damage groundwater.


Foes take another run at ending Washington’s death penalty

Democratic control of the Senate means 2018 could be the year that Washington abolishes the death penalty, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says.


State legislators revive debate over nuclear evacuation plans

Law prohibiting an evacuation plan for possible nuclear attack under review, despite critics’ claim winning such a war is an illusion.


Spin Control: Inslee signs capital budget, water law quickly

Less than a day after legislative negotiators pushed them through the House and Senate on bipartisan votes, Gov. Jay Inslee signed key bills on state construction projects and a revision …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Washington lawmakers must release public records when the public requests them, judge says

Legislators and their offices are subject to the law that requires them to release public documents, judge rules.


Industry makes pitch to keep net pens

Aquaculture companies that raise Atlantic salmon in the Puget Sound made an impassioned plea Thursday to keep their net pens and the jobs they support but critics say it’s time …


Internet providers balk at net neutrality bills

Internet providers push back Thursday against legislation that would require them to keep offering open Internet service.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Lawmakers agree to deal on $4.2 billion construction budget

Lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on a $4.2 billion capital construction budget and a major rewrite of state water law.


WSU medical school would have a say in residency programs

WSU medical school would join others in the state process for setting up residency programs.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Tyler Hilinski’s apparent suicide spurs House panel to approve prevention bill

Tyler Hilinski’s suicide underscores the need for mental health programs on college campuses, House committee says.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Equal pay bill passes Washington House

House passes Gender Pay Equity Act that would give more pay protection for workers.


Bill would expand women’s reproductive health care

Senate considers requiring coverage of abortions for plans that offer maternity care.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 6:54 a.m.

Bump stock ban passes committee

Senate committee passes ban on bump stock devices on a party-line vote.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 11:28 p.m.

Home-grown recreational pot limits considered by Washington House

House panel considers letting recreational marijuana users “grow their own.”


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 11:24 p.m.

Washington Senate panel could vote Tuesday on ‘bump stock’ ban

Supporters, opponents of major gun legislation pack Senate hearing.


Spin Control: First week of the session featured tarpees and tourniquets

There’s a surprise waiting around almost every corner when the Legislature is in session.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Both sides gearing up for fight over gun control bills in Washington Legislature

Fight over gun control legislation heating up with a protest Friday and major hearing set for Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Greater campaign information required by bills

State residents would know more about parties who spend money for campaign ads under two bills heard by a Senate panel Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 9:20 a.m.

WA Senate bill would ban conversion therapy

Senate bill would ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:47 p.m.

Washington could end net pens for fish by 2024

Bill calls for extensive study of fish raised in net pens, could end the practice by 2024.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

Water law changes trickle forward

Senate committee approves changes to water law that could allow more residential development in rural and suburban areas.


Will Washington name a state fungi?

Effort to name a state fungi gets a hearing in State Government Committee.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 11:49 a.m.

Panel urged to approve workplace protections

Senate committee considers tougher workplace laws.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Washington residents could register on Election Day

House committee looks for ways to improve voter registration and turnout.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

Washington House backs late breakfast programs at public schools

House overwhelmingly approves Breakfast After the Bell proposal.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Inslee: Speed up school funding, leave a legacy of a cleaner environment

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for action on climate change, money for education and safer workplaces.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Inslee calls for carbon tax to fight climate change

Gov. Jay Inslee proposes a tax on carbon emissions to raise money for programs to cut pollution.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:41 p.m.

Bill could allow more new wells for domestic use

Landowners could have an easier time getting permits for domestic wells under the latest plan to revise state water law


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Teachers would get help teaching Native American culture

Washington teachers would get help with state-required lessons on Native American culture.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Legislature opens amid protest, calls for action

Facing demands for action on everything from construction to schools to climate change, lawmakers returned Monday to start the 2018 legislative session.