Emma Epperly

Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, new spending | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Legislature adjourned minutes before its midnight deadline on April 28, ending its 105-day session on time for the first time… Continue reading


The Legislature’s 2019 hits and misses | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA – The 2019 Legislative Session began Jan. 14 and is scheduled to end on April 28, if the operation, transportation, and capital budget all… Continue reading


Woman completes 17-day hunger strike for Southern Resident Orcas | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — Lanni Johnson, 71, tearfully completed her 17-day hunger strike Wednesday as she took the first bites of an orange, her first food in… Continue reading


Exemption removed for measles shots | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA – In a late night party-line vote April 17, the Washington Senate approved the removal of the personal exemption for the measles, mumps, and… Continue reading

Senate passes amended operating budget, negotiations begin | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — The state Senate passed an amended version of the operating budget totaling $52.5 billion for the next biennium, with 31 in favor and… Continue reading

Legislation to confiscate firearms in domestic violence situations moves forward | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — A bill to require the removal of firearms from domestic violence calls if there is probable cause that a crime was committed passed… Continue reading

‘Ghost Gun’ bill moves to Senate committees | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Undetectable and untraceable firearms and their creation would be illegal under proposed legislation in Olympia. These types of firearms are being manufactured most… Continue reading

Senate Democrats roll out budget and accompanying ‘Fix Our Tax Code’ plan | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The Senate Democrats introduced their operating budget proposal Friday, totaling $52.2 billion — an increase of $7.5 billion over the last biennium. K-12… Continue reading

Malicious harassment renamed hate crime in proposed legislation | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Newly named hate crime offenses would let courts infer the offense was due to the perception of the victim’s association with a protected… Continue reading

Bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 heads to governor to sign into law | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The legal age to purchase tobacco and vape products is about to rise from 18 to 21 under a bill headed to the… Continue reading

House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The House of Representatives’ budget proposal includes a capital gains and real estate excise tax along with business and occupation tax changes to… Continue reading

Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate Bill 5313, currently under consideration… Continue reading

School District Bonds voting requirements to remain the same after Senate vote fails | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - School District Bonds will still need 60 percent of the vote, after a Senate constitutional amendment failed to get the two-thirds vote required… Continue reading

State revenue forecast shows a $554 million increase for 2019-21 | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Legislators have $554 million more to spend than originally projected for the next biennium, according to the March review released by the Economic… Continue reading

Legislation on School Resource Officer training requirements pass Senate | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Senate passed a bill regarding school resource officer training in a bipartisan — 48 in favor and one excused —… Continue reading

Bill to require comprehensive sex education passes Senate | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — The state Senate, in a party-line 28-21 vote, passed a bill last week that would require public schools to teach medically and scientifically… Continue reading

Senate Minority Leader alleges Dems illegally used state facilities for campaign training | 2010 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, issued a statement Monday on alleging that Democrats were illegally using state resources for Democratic Party campaign… Continue reading