Latest Washington state government News

Inslee prohibits Patrol from aiding abortion investigations

Jun. 30, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive instructing the Washington State Patrol to not cooperate with out-of-state abortion investigations, a preemptive move in case states where abortion is banned or significantly restricted seek to investigate whether their residents have...

Washington justices blast racist questioning by prosecutor

Jun. 30, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously overturned a man’s conviction for assaulting police officers, blasting a series of racist remarks by the prosecutor who handled the case. During jury selection in the trial against Joseph Zamora, Garth Dano, who...

Washington governor slams ruling on power plant emissions

Jun. 30, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court “took a wrecking ball” to the ability of the federal government to limit pollution and said that states must redouble their efforts to address climate change. With a 6-3 vote, the court...

Inslee seeks abortion rights amendment to state constitution

Jun. 25, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he will push for a state constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights within his state's borders, as well as laws that will make it difficult for other states to investigate whether their own residents have visited Washington for...

Democrats vow to help women who must travel for abortions

Jun. 24, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic leaders across the nation vowed Friday to help women who travel to seek abortions and to shield patients and medical professionals from being pursued by authorities in states where the procedure becomes outlawed after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade....

WA, OR leaders skeptical about pausing gas taxes

Jun. 22, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months and urged states to do the same at the local level. But both the Democratic governors of Washington and Oregon indicated they were unlikely to pursue a...

Ferguson: Supreme Court decision won't hurt Hanford workers

Jun. 21, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a 2018 state law that protected workers at a former nuclear weapons production site, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said an updated law passed earlier this year remains in place. That means...

Washington prepares for more patients seeking abortion

Jun. 18, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — While the nation waits for the Supreme Court’s opinion on a blockbuster abortion case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood of Washington is getting ready for an increase in out-of-state patients seeking an abortion. “We are already seeing patients...

Attorney General seeks to require sheriff to post $10K bail

Jun. 17, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Attorney General’s office is seeking to require Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer to post bail of $10,000 as a condition of continued release as he awaits trial on charges of false reporting. The motion filed Friday seeks to revoke Troyer’s...

Inslee calls on WA insurance commissioner to resign

Jun. 17, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is now among a growing number of people saying elected Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler should resign. The calls for the 78-year-old, six-term Democrat, to step down come after the Northwest News Network reported Wednesday...