2019 Legislature | Picking a location for a new airport, other aviation issues before lawmakers

OLYMPIA — Addressing the need for a new airport and encouraging the growth of the aviation profession was the topic of proposed legislation and public testimony on Feb. 7 with the House of Representatives Transportation Committee.
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2019 Legislature | Lawmakers consider 1 percent loans for college students

OLYMPIA — Democrats are pushing to fund a program that would give Washington high school graduates access to state student loans at a 1 percent interest rate.
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2019 Legislature | Creation of state Broadband Office focus for Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA — The creation of a Statewide Broadband Office and an initial investment of $25 million into getting broadband into “every nook and cranny” was announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Jan. 16.
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2019 Legislature | Lawmakers want to eliminate postage for voters

OLYMPIA — A proposed law requested by Gov. Jay Inslee would provide prepaid postage for all election ballots in the state of Washington.
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2019 Legislature | Lawmakers propose plan to reduce food waste by 50 percent

OLYMPIA — Three representatives from the Democratic caucus are sponsoring a bill to work towards reducing food waste by consumers and grocery stores in Washington state.
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2019 Legislature | Car tabs initiative could be on November ballot

OLYMPIA — “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs,” an initiative that would limit annual motor-vehicle registration fees to $30 except for voter-approved charges, was sent to the Legislature for consideration by the Secretary of State.
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2019 Legislature | Watering your lawn and water conservation in a drought draw lawmaker attention

OLYMPIA — Differences in water usage best practices during a drought and homeowners’ association landscaping requirements are the target of new legislation.
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2019 Legislature | Lawmakers could remove the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes

OLYMPIA — The House public safety committee heard public testimony on Jan. 22 on two bills that address the statute of limitations in certain felony sex offenses as well as another bill that would establish best practices for storing and processing of sexual assault kits.
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2019 Legislature | Eliminating gender requirements for political party positions topic of legislation

OLYMPIA — Major state political parties, like Republicans and Democrats, are required to elect one Committeeman and one Committeewoman from each county. A House Bill proposes to eliminate gender designations from these partisan elections.
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2019 Legislature | House bill proposes payment for college athletes

OLYMPIA — College students enrolled in an institution of higher education in Washington state could receive compensation for their athletic services, should House Bill 1084 become law.
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