Alex Visser

Bill to outlaw Atlantic salmon net pen farming before governor | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed… Continue reading


Bigfoot eludes state recognition yet again | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The mythical Sasquatch, an integral piece of Pacific Northwest folklore, got another shot at recognition this year with a bill that would name… Continue reading


Inslee pushes back against offshore drilling in Washington | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee said he will resist any Trump Administration plan to develop offshore drilling in Washington state, in an attempt to protect… Continue reading


Bipartisan bills target Cold War-era prohibition on nuclear attack preparations | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - For the first time in more than 30 years, emergency planning in Washington state could include preparations for potential nuclear attacks, with bipartisan… Continue reading

Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The state Department of Ecology announced Tuesday that Cooke Aquaculture will be penalized for violating the terms of its water quality permits in… Continue reading

Senate votes to extend college financial aid to state Dreamers | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bipartisan effort in the Senate passed a bill Wednesday afternoon that would extend financial opportunities in higher education to some undocumented immigrant… Continue reading

Orca Protection Act aims to protect Pacific Northwest’s iconic whales | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state’s orca whale population could receive a wealth of new legislative support, as a Senate committee Tuesday afternoon heard a bill that… Continue reading

State legislators combat federal ruling on net neutrality | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Democrats in the state Senate are pushing back against the Federal Communications Commission through a number of bills designed to protect net neutrality… Continue reading

Legislature passes bill to settle water-use dispute | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - One of the year’s most important legislative battles in Washington state came to a surprisingly quick conclusion Thursday evening when a water-use bill… Continue reading

Legislature takes important step toward resolving capital budget issue | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state’s elusive capital budget was brought closer to realization Monday afternoon, Jan. 15, when a Senate committee approved a bill that allocates… Continue reading

Lawmakers say DISCLOSE Act would bring campaign donations out of the shadows

OLYMPIA - A proposed Senate bill and its companion in the House could provide Washington citizens greater transparency on elections across the state. Senate Bill… Continue reading

Water use set to weigh heavily on lawmakers | 2018 Legislative Session

With the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session kicking off, a 2016 state Supreme Court decision on water continues to make waves in the House and… Continue reading

New bill could put Washington salmon farms in jeopardy | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A Senate committee is considering a bill that could bring an end to some of Washington state’s largest salmon farms. Senate Bill 6086,… Continue reading