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Senators clash on property tax relief and Rainy Day funding

The Senate passed an amendment this afternoon to SB 6614, a bill related to school funding. The amendment changes the timeline for property tax relief...Read More

Second carbon tax/fee legislation: brothers of the different father?

Jim Boldt, President of Duckabush Communications/Public Affairs, wrote the following commentary on Sens. Ericksen and Baumgartner’s recently announced carbon bill.  This morning, in the Washington...Read More

Report shows Trump’s proposed tariffs threaten jobs

The Trade Partnership released a report yesterday that shows that President Trump’s proposed tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminum would...Read More

Four observations from the legislature’s transparency misstep

The “Great Transparency Kerfuffle of 2018” ended last week with Gov. Inslee’s veto. The legislature had sought to add a set of exemptions to the...Read More

Smith releases statement on historic signing of net neutrality legislation

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, released the following statement after Rep. Drew Hansen’s House Bill 2282 was signed into law by the governor today: “Net neutrality...Read More

Two bills addressing sexual assault die in the Legislature

On Saturday, Representatives Griffey and Caldier released a statement speaking out about two bills they sponsored this session to help sexual assault survivors, but that...Read More

In protest, House Republicans refuse to vote on union bill

On Thursday evening, tensions on the House floor reached a breaking point as Republican Representatives refused to vote on a piece of legislation that would...Read More

Senate passes bill advancing effort to achieve equal pay for equal work for all genders

This press release was provided by the Washington Senate Democrats  OLYMPIA — The state Senate took aim at the generations-old practice of pay discrimination by...Read More

Sen. Carlyle says carbon tax is dead in the legislature this year

News broke Thursday afternoon that Governor Inslee’s carbon tax is officially dead this session. In a video posted on Twitter, bill sponsor Senator Carlyle says...Read More

Fortunato announces bill to fund firearm training in schools, Frockt’s gun legislation passes in committee

Even as legislators head into their final weeks of session, new gun legislation and school safety measures continue to roll out in Olympia. Following the...Read More