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Access to billions in federal funding a key distinction between broadband bills

Bob Hunter has been at the Kitsap Public Utility District (KPUD) for 35 years, and he knows when to strike while the iron is hot....Read More

Bill expanding access to Paid Family and Medical Leave wins final passage

A bill that will expand Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) to employees who lost coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic is headed to Governor...Read More

Q&A: Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon’s game plan for passing the clean fuel standard and cap-and-trade

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D – Seattle) has been working to get a clean fuel standard across the finish line in the Legislature for years. He...Read More

When and why the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs changed their position on ESSB 5226

At a press conference Tuesday, Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D – Seattle) said that the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) did not fully...Read More

A conversation on the future of US health care with Sen. Patty Murray

Any health care bills that make it to President Biden’s desk will first need to go through the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and...Read More

Coalition of advocates continue pressing Democrats to change bill on debt-based license suspensions

A coalition of 61 organizations, led by the ACLU of Washington, is continuing to press Democrats to make changes to Senate Bill 5226, legislation that...Read More

House Democrats rebuff calls from advocates to change debt-based license suspension bill

House Democrats appear unlikely to make changes requested by the ACLU of Washington and other advocates to a bill that aims to decriminalize “driving while...Read More

Advocates, prosecutors and law enforcement weigh in on bill that would address Blake decision

Two questions shaped the format of Sen. Manka Dhingra’s (D – Redmond) bill addressing the State v. Blake decision: does the state need to respond, and what...Read More

Strickland introduces bipartisan Military Hunger Prevention Act

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) was among a bipartisan group of legislators who today introduced the Military Hunger Prevention Act. The legislation would establish a basic...Read More

Q&A: Rep. Mike Sells on labor legislation in 2021

Rep. Mike Sells (D – Everett) currently chairs the Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. As the 2021 legislative session was preceded by a period of...Read More