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UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Plastic bags banned, paper bags to cost 8 cents after Inslee signs bill that takes effect next year

Single-use plastic bags at stores will be banned statewide starting next year and customers without reusable carriers will be charged 8 cents for paper bags under a bill signed Wednesday.

Spin Control: Will state really study removing Ballard Locks and raising Lake Washington? No dam way

Bill suggesting the removal of dams and locks in Western Washington tries to make a point, but may not move the salmon debate forward.

Leach joins lawmakers on trip to Cambodia

Three legislators, Mike Leach met with Cambodian prime minister.

Democrats, Republicans take different views of Trump offshore oil lease proposal

Democrats continue to challenge President Trump’s proposal to expand offshore oil leases, but Republicans say it’s no problem because there’s no oil off the Washington coast.

Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors about EPA job false

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors of his appointment to a job with the Environmental Protection Agency are false and that he’s running for re-election this year.

UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017

Lawmakers tap unspent campaign money for suits, meals, decor

Since the election, more than a dozen state lawmakers have spent thousands of surplus campaign money on suits, flights, meals, charities and office furnishings, according to a review of state …

UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

State Sen. Doug Ericksen juggling EPA job gets state and federal pay

A Washington state senator who has been juggling his legislative duties while working in the Trump administration has collected nearly $6,000 from the state in daily expense allowances so far …

Hearing for recall effort of state senator this week

A hearing for the effort to recall Sen. Doug Ericksen is set for this week before Whatcom Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis.

Residents look to recall senator on Trump transition team

A group of Whatcom County residents have started an effort to recall a state senator currently serving on President Donald Trump’s transition team.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017

Trump picks two Washington legislators to work with the EPA during transition

SEATTLE – Two Republican state legislators from Washington have been chosen by President Donald Trump to help reshape the Environmental Protection Agency. The Seattle Times reports that former state Sen. …

Spin Control: Lawmakers offer plan to satisfy feds on driver’s license fight

State lawmakers at the top of the transportation policy pyramid have what they think is a solution to Washington’s long, and likely losing, battle over its driver’s license system.

GOP senator to propose bill criminalizing “illegal protests”

A Republican state senator who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to propose a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would take a firm stand against …

Inslee wants state to trade pollution credits with Canada, buy more electric cars

Carbon pollution credits and more state vehicles that run on batteries could be in Washington state’s future, Gov. Jay Inslee said from Paris.

State Senate GOP seeks to change clean energy rules

OLYMPIA – Republican legislators want to change the state law that says rivers and streams are not a renewable energy source. A Senate bill would allow electric utilities to spend …

Inslee task force to tackle issue of carbon emissions

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee appointed a new task force to find ways for Washington to reduce carbon emissions as part of an executive order to fight climate change. At …

Crude oil legislation clears Washington House committee

OLYMPIA – The Legislature took tentative steps Tuesday to demand more information and develop stricter controls on crude oil moving through the state by rail and barge. But unlike the …

Key Democrats say they oppose some proposed cuts

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed all-cuts, no-new-taxes budget – far from a done deal – was described as everything from a good starting point to an unrealistic plan Wednesday in a …