Latest Washington state government News

Taiwan pays $900,000 for ally Guatemala to lobby Washington

Jan. 18, 2022 02:04 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Guatemala has hired for $900,000 a major supporter of former President Donald Trump to seek influence with U.S. officials in an unusual lobbying contract paid for by its ally Taiwan, foreign lobby records show. Ballard Partners registered as a foreign agent with the...

WA Supreme Court OKs Cooke Aquaculture steelhead farming

Jan. 13, 2022 23:31 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court unanimously upheld permits Thursday that will allow Cooke Aquaculture Pacific to farm steelhead trout in net pens in Washington waters. The decision clears the permit hurdle for the international aquaculture giant to change its...

Inslee deploys National Guard to assist hospitals, testing

Jan. 13, 2022 19:46 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state to set up testing sites and to assist in non-medical tasks amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee...

Washington AG: $45M settlement with student loan company

Jan. 13, 2022 13:38 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says a major student loan servicer will provide about $45 million in debt relief and restitution to settle the state's lawsuit that alleged it deceived loan seekers and engaged in unfair practices. It’s part of...

Bill hardening penalties for election worker harassment OK'd

Jan. 12, 2022 19:01 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure that would make it a Class C felony to harass an election worker, with violations potentially resulting in a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. It’s the second time the...

Washington state wildlife manager accused of poaching

Jan. 12, 2022 18:53 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife employee has been accused of poaching. The Ferry County prosecutor last month charged Fish and Wildlife north-central region director Brock Hoenes with second-degree unlawful hunting of big game, The...

FACT FOCUS: Washington state isn't changing quarantine rules

Jan. 12, 2022 17:50 PM EST

A routine meeting of the Washington State Board of Health on Wednesday became the topic of a nationwide misinformation campaign this week as social media users, political hopefuls and conservative pundits spun bogus claims that the meeting would include a vote to force unvaccinated residents into...

Washington governor calls on lawmakers for 'bold' action

Jan. 11, 2022 18:51 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday called on state lawmakers to take action on a multitude of issues during their 60-day legislative session, including addressing the homelessness crisis, helping children impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and taking more steps to...

Sim Sefzik to replace late Sen. Doug Ericksen in Senate

Jan. 11, 2022 18:03 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Simon Sefzik of Ferndale has been named to replace the late Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen in the Washington Senate. Sefzik took the oath of office Tuesday following a 4-2 vote by the Whatcom County Council and will serve the remainder of Ericksen's term...

Card-room operator files lawsuit over WA sports betting

Jan. 11, 2022 16:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Washington state officials unlawfully granted Native American casinos a ‘”discriminatory tribal gaming monopoly” over sports betting and other types of gambling. The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit was filed in U.S....