The proposal that passed the House 54-41 is different from what passed the state Senate earlier this year, which upped the penalty for possession to a gross misdemeanor, a charge with more jail time and a higher fine.
Under the proposal, most cities across the state would be required to allow denser types of housing on their lots — an attempt to shift zoning laws away from decades of only allowing single-family homes.
A bill that will require hospitals to adopt staffing standards, including staff-patient ratios, and follow them 80% of the time passed the state House of Representatives 92-6. Another bill that would allow Washington enter into a multistate nurse licensure compact and allow nurses to get licenses that would be accepted in multiple states passed 94-4.
In 2021, the state set aside $4 million for the design of the bridge, which community members say will help right some of the historical damage done when Interstate 90 was built. That funding is still included in proposed House and Senate Democrat budget proposals released this week.