Latest Washington State Legislature News

Juneteenth becomes official state holiday in WA in 2022

Jun. 18, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden this week signed legislation establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery – a move lawmakers made for Washington state earlier this year. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last month signed a measure making Juneteenth...

Washington governor criticized over climate bill veto

May. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Tribal leaders and some state legislators in Washington state have criticized Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in a joint statement on Friday after he vetoed a bill that would require improved consultation with tribes about climate investments made under the act. ...

Legislature OK's bill easing decertification of police

Apr. 21, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A measure described as the teeth of the Washington state Legislature’s ambitious police accountability agenda is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk. The state Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that makes it easier to decertify police for...

WA Senate OKs bill to reinstate durg possession penalties

Apr. 15, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would reinstate criminal penalties for drug possession. The Seattle Times reports that lawmakers approved Senate Bill 5476, in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling that struck...

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...