Lawmakers pass $59 billion budget

As the end of the mostly virtual legislative session drew near April 25, lawmakers passed a $59 billion budget that will funnel millions into childcare,… Continue reading


Inslee helps renters, pulls back on landlords

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law an automatic right for tenants to have an attorney, though it came with a catch — Inslee sent back… Continue reading


How did your state leaders vote?

Legislature enters final weekend


Tax credit for working families passes

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A tax credit for working families in Washington passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote April 11, with lawmakers… Continue reading

State OKs cap on carbon emissions

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A controversial statewide cap on carbon emissions scraped through the Legislature in a 25-24 vote April 8 after lawmakers… Continue reading

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. (file photo)

Incarcerated people to regain right to vote

Rights restored immediately upon release

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. (file photo)

Electric transportation in state budget

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service The state House of Representatives passed a $10.94 billion transportation budget with some bipartisan support. The vote on April… Continue reading

State government OKs $6.23 billion capital budget

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Lawmakers passed a $6.23 billion capital budget April 2 in a unanimous vote, earmarking millions of state and federal… Continue reading

How your state leaders voted

Kitsap County state Reps. Tarrra Simmons and Drew Hansen and Sen. Christine Rolfes all voted with the Democratic majorities on major issues this week.… Continue reading

More taxpayer funds for child care in the works

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Early childhood care and education in the state would see sweeping reform through the expansion of affordable child health… Continue reading

State universal health care by 2026?

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Universal health care for every state resident who wants it could come to Washington by 2026. A bill under… Continue reading

How local state leaders voted

State Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, voted with the majority in passing House Bill 1078, which restores voting rights to felons. If they are not… Continue reading

Senate Democrats propose $59.2 billion state budget

Funding for health care, education and efforts to curb houselessness are promised in a $59.2 billion state budget proposal from state Senate Democrats unveiled March… Continue reading

Local lawmakers vote to implement national 988 suicide hotline

Both of Kitsap County’s state Reps. Drew Hansen and Tarra Simmons voted “yes” for House Bill 1477, implementation of the national 988 system to enhance… Continue reading

BI lawmaker’s bill would help employees

Angelica Relente Columbia Basin Herald A bill moving through the state Legislature would allow workers to bring legal action if labor laws are not upheld.… Continue reading

988 would help suicide situations

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Connecting people considering suicide with immediate help is the aim of a proposed law that funds a 988 emergency… Continue reading

Legislature working on bills related to police

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Limits on the use of force by police and investigations of officers who have a pattern of misconduct continue… Continue reading

30 schools would need to change mascot under bill

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Ivy Pete remembers attending high school football games in her hometown. But instead of pride for her school, she… Continue reading

Scholarship being reworked to reach more students

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service The College Bound Scholarship for Washington students is being reworked to reach more students. Currently, students who qualify for… Continue reading

State Senate passes tax on capital gains

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service A tax on capital gains, the sale of assets like stocks and bonds, passed the Senate by a single… Continue reading