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Washington State elected officials react to Capitol riots

Violence broke out at the US Capitol Wednesday as the House and the Senate debated the presidential election results. The building was overrun by a...Read More

Morning Wire: Secretary Kim Wyman, Director Lisa Brown, Pre-filed bills

Sunday, the Washington Post reported on President Trump’s conversation with Georgia’s Sec. of State. Today, the majority in the US Senate is decided in Georgia....Read More

Q&A: Commerce Director Lisa Brown on policy making in 2021

Lisa Brown is the Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce (COM). COM works with local governments and businesses to enhance sustainability and economic...Read More

A few notable prefiled bills

Legislators have prefiled 134 bills for introduction during the 2021 session. Republican Rep. Blad Klippert has prefiled the most bills thus far with ten, followed...Read More

Legislators talk geography, politics and cultural divides in Washington State

A bipartisan panel of legislators convened at the 2020 Re-Wire Policy Conference to discuss the impact of geography and cultural divides on the politics of...Read More

Q&A: Secretary of State Kim Wyman on President Trump, the state of American Democracy and the Republican Party

The Washington Post reported that on Saturday, January 2, 2021, President Donald Trump spent an hour on the phone with Georgia Secretary of State Brad...Read More

Schrier bill aims to reduce methane emissions in “cow burps”

Congresswoman Kim Schrier (8th CD) announced today that she has introduced legislation to provide funds to study methods to reduce agricultural methane emissions, namely “cow...Read More

Reminder: Minimum wage goes to $13.69 starting Jan. 1, 2021

There’s a question about the minimum wage that the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) receives a lot, especially at the start of a new...Read More

Billig and Salomon legislation would change effective date of growth planning actions under the GMA

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and Senator Jesse Salomon have pre-filed a bill that would change the effective date of certain planning actions under the...Read More

Amid uncertainty over business restrictions, Mullet pre-files bill to curb gubernatorial emergency powers

Senator Mark Mullet, a Democrat from Issaquah, has pre-filed a bill with Senator Lynda Wilson, a Republican from Vancouver, that would subject all gubernatorial emergency...Read More