Bill that would undo the Hirst Decision held up in committee

A bill that would effectively nullify a 2016 court decision that put the onus on counties to determine whether there’s enough water to drill an...Read More

House carbon tax bill sees hours of supportive, critical public testimony

A bill that would introduce a statewide carbon tax was heard in the House Environment committee and was met with about two hours of testimony,...Read More

Rep. Kristine Lytton and Sen. Christine Rolfes mugshots courtesy of Washington Legislature. Statehouse photo by Erin Fenner.

Democrats say they hope Republicans will make compromises on Hirst bill

Democrats are not totally on board with Republicans' proposed fix to the Hirst Decision....Read More

Well water case’s costs could hit urban areas, Republicans argue

Prior to the Hirst Decision, counties deferred to the state and, more specifically, the Department of Ecology in issues of personal well permitting....Read More

From left: Rep. Matt Manweller. R-Ellensburg, and Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, speak at a regular press conference about issues including a their stance on a carbon tax. (Photo by Erin Fenner.)

State Republicans reiterate their stance on a possible carbon tax: No

Republicans are not warming to a carbon tax anytime soon....Read More

Audio: What’s the deal with well water in Washington?

Drilling a “permit-exempt” well in Washington became a lot more complicated last October after a state Supreme Court ruled that under the Growth Management Act,...Read More

Another plan to reduce lead contamination gets a hearing in House committee

A bill that could mandate installing lead-removing water filters in public schools was heard in the House Environment committee Monday afternoon Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle,...Read More

Exempt wells and senior water rights considered at senate hearing

Two very different bills were heard in the Senate Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development committee Tuesday, both written to address the same problems created...Read More

What’s the solution for residents on exempt wells after the Hirst case?

Exempt well permitting in Washington manages to sound dry, even if it’s about water. But Republican lawmakers are urging their colleagues to pay attention since...Read More

Lawmakers consider bill that would prohibit drones from flying near orcas

Two bills that would restrict where drone pilots can fly unmanned aircrafts faced hearings this session. The first bill, heard last week, would prohibit pilots...Read More