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What's happening in the Pacific Northwest? For information and details regarding Northwest news, see our articles below.

Updated 1 day, 9 hours ago

Possible return: Warnick bill aims to help REC start up again

OLYMPIA — Legislation proposed by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, and currently being considered by the Washing...

Updated 9 hours, 26 minutes ago
Inslee signs bills to delay, expand exemptions in WA Cares

Gov. Jay Inslee signed bills Thursday to delay the WA Cares payroll tax on Washington workers and expand the number of people who can seek permanent exemptions to avoid paying into the first-of-its-kind long-term...

Updated 2 days, 9 hours ago
Lawmakers mull catalytic converter bill

Bipartisan legislation intending to cut the demand for stolen catalytic converters will increase fines for violators and limit the ability to buy and sell th...

Updated 3 days, 9 hours ago
Proposed bill aims to combat retail theft

Amendments to the definition of theft could help deter high-value retail crimes if the state legislature passes a bill, which was proposed in the Washington ...

Updated 4 days, 9 hours ago
Sunnyside senator introduces bill in state legislature to fund water projects

OLYMPIA — A Yakima Valley state senator has introduced legislation to create a $5 billion program to fund water projects across the state.

Updated 1 week ago
Salmon recovery bill sparks plenty of testimony

OLYMPIA — Highly contested legislation designed to drive up salmon populations could also devastate Washington farmers.

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
New bill could reduce prices for insulin, other medications

Insulin prices and other drugs could drop in 2023 if the state passes two bills, which had public hearings by the Washington State Senate Health & Long Term ...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Legislators discuss officer pursuits, catalytic converter tracking program

Legislation loosening law enforcement’s restrictions to vehicular pursuit and hampering catalytic converter theft passed through the Washington State House P...

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Legislators, citizens discuss two bills on firearms

Two controversial bills, which could prohibit assault rifles and allow local governments to restrict open-carry of firearms, passed through the Washington St...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Legislators discuss state holidays, data, environment-friendly products

If passed, House Bill 1485 would bring a new holiday to Washington celebrating Women’s Suffrage Day and the federal 19th Amendment, and was one item on legislators’ agenda on Jan. 10.

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
Sens. Warnick and King criticize response to Kittitas County offer to help clear snow on state highways

Sens. Warnick and King say they are shocked and very disappointed that the state Department of Transportation refused Kittitas County’s offer to help clear s...

Updated 2 weeks ago
Inslee activates Washington National Guard due to omicron

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced during a Thursday afternoon press conference he is activating 100 Washington National Guard troops to help in hospitals ...

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Bills could improve extreme weather response

A bill requiring the Washington Military Department to create and implement an extreme weather response grant program moved through a public hearing with state legislators without opposition on Wednesday.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Three local representatives, other lawmakers back bill to replace WA Cares Fund program

Washington state’s new long-term care program and payroll tax got immediate attention from lawmakers as the Legislature opened its session.

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
House Public Safety Committee discusses use of force bills

Testimonial debate over the proper use of force rattled legislators again as House Bills 1735 and 1726 reached the Washington State House Public Safety Committee Tuesday morning.