Latest Washington State Legislature News

Washington Legislature approves Juneteenth as state holiday

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure that makes Juneteenth a legal state holiday. The measure making June 19 a state paid holiday passed the Democratic-led Senate on a bipartisan 47-1 vote and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his...

Washington Senate OKs restrictions on police tactics, gear

Apr. 09, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Senate has approved a measure restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas, after police killings of Black people sparked tumultuous racial-justice protests last year. Majority...

Washington state Senate OKs carbon-cap legislation

Apr. 09, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate has passed two key pieces of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a plan to put a price on carbon pollution and a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other...

House OKs bill making police intervene to stop undue force 

Apr. 08, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring police to intervene if they see a fellow officer using, or attempting to use, excessive force. The bill — prompted by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd and ensuing...

George Floyd death leads states to require cops to intervene

Apr. 05, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When a police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd in Minneapolis, other officers at the scene didn't intervene, even while Floyd said he couldn't breathe and stopped moving. That lack of action is leading a growing number of states to compel...

Activists want change to debt-based license suspension bill

Apr. 02, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawmakers in Washington state are moving ahead with a bill that aims to end the suspension of driver’s licenses for failure to pay traffic tickets — despite opposition from some of the activists who pushed for the change in the first place. The...

Ex-WA state senator/Trump ally behind mystery tax mailer

Mar. 31, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A former GOP Washington state senator and a Donald Trump appointee is responsible for a mailer last week criticizing Democratic lawmakers for a proposed change to the estate tax, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Don Benton was...

Washington state OKs bill to give voting rights to parolees

Mar. 25, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state lawmakers have voted to automatically restore voting rights to people who have been released from prison after committing felonies, even if they’re still on parole. With the support of majority Democrats, the state Senate passed the...

Bill advanced to ban Native American mascots at schools

Feb. 23, 2021 21:02 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The use of Native American names, symbols and images would be banned from being used as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington under a bill passed Tuesday by the state House of Representatives. The measure passed...

Senate OKs bill making police intervene to stop undue force

Feb. 23, 2021 19:20 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Tuesday approved a measure requiring police to intervene if they see a fellow officer using excessive force — one of several measures in the Legislature prompted by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd and ensuing Black Lives Matter...