Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

By Emma EpperlyWNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA — Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate Bill 5313, currently under consideration in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The measure would also add a hold-harmless provision for school districts that would receive less in funding assistance from the state and would...
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State Legislature | Daylight saving all the time proposed for state

OLYMPIA — Washington residents could vote to make daylight saving time year-round under a bill state senators passed on March 12.
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State Legislature | School District Bonds voting requirements to remain the same after Senate vote fails

OLYMPIA — School district bonds will still need 60 percent of the vote, after a Senate constitutional amendment failed to get the two-thirds vote required to pass.
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State Legislature | Carbon fee back on the table for Washington

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA — Despite past voter rejection of similar proposals, Senate Transportation Committee chair Steve Hobbs rolled out a comprehensive funding package that would impose a carbon pollution fee and gas tax increase to fund transportation projects statewide. Under the proposed package, which is moving through the Senate, consumers would pay an additional...
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State Legislature | Senate creates commission to review major airport location options

OLYMPIA — Creation or expansion of an airport in Washington to relieve the stress of a growing demand at SeaTac would be the focus of the Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission created by legislation passed in the Senate on March 11.
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2019 Legislature | State senators pass bill to prohibit gender discrimination in public schools

OLYMPIA — State senators passed a bill with a 29-20 vote to prohibit harassment, intimidation, bullying and discrimination based on gender identity in public schools.
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2019 Legislature | Legislature hears public testimony on $30 Car Tab initiative

OLYMPIA — The Senate and House transportation committees heard public testimony Feb. 26 on Tim Eyman’s “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs” initiative.
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AG Ferguson responds to questions about gun control initiative

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a “Frequently Asked Questions” document on Initiative 1639 March 4, sending letters to all 39 sheriffs across the state.
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2019 Legislature | Initiative to expand hydrogen fuel production unanimously passes Senate

OLYMPIA — A bipartisan bill to enable public utility districts to sell and distribute hydrogen fuel and sponsored by 33 senators — well over half the state Senate — unanimously passed the chamber and is now in the House of Representatives for consideration.
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2019 Legislature | Ethical issues with facial recognition addressed by Legislature

OLYMPIA — Washington State may impose restrictions on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology.
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