Latest Washington State Legislature News

Washington approves banning 'gay panic' defense of homicide

Feb. 27, 2020 11:04 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A measure prohibiting homicide defendants from claiming a defense based on panic over a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity has been passed by lawmakers in Washington state. Nine states — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey New York...

Sports gambling bill passes Washington state House

Feb. 24, 2020 4:24 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill allowing sports gambling in Washington's tribal casinos was approved by the state House. The 83-14 Thursday night vote on House Bill 2638 came just two days after a House Appropriations Committee agreed to forward it onward. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Strom Peterson,...

Grounded Boeing 737 MAX airplanes fill a parking area adjacent to Boeing Field, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state lawmakers say they will introduce bills, at The Boeing Co.'s request, to suspend the aerospace giant's preferential business and occupation tax rate until the United States and European Union resolve their long-running international trade dispute. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Boeing asks lawmakers to suspend preferential tax rate

Feb. 19, 2020 6:48 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakersintroduced bills Wednesday,at The Boeing Co.’s request, to suspend the aerospace giant's preferential business and occupation tax rate unless the United States and European Union reach an agreement on their long-running international trade dispute that...

Should Washington stop building roads? Some think so

Feb. 9, 2020 10:02 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state legislators are considering whether to remove “congestion relief” and “improved freight mobility” from their transportation goals, a departure from the American passion to expand highways. House Bill 2688 would adopt seven goals: accessibility;...