Latest Washington state government News

Boeing asks lawmakers to suspend preferential tax rate

Feb. 19, 2020 3:37 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers announced Wednesday 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...

Trio of prescription cost bills pass off Senate floor

Feb. 18, 2020 10:04 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate on Tuesday passed three bills that aim to reign in the costs of prescription drugs. Two of the measures, all sponsored by Democratic Sen. Karen Keiser, address insulin costs, while the third addresses overall drug affordability. A measure that would cap the...

Washington state to consider ban on single family zoning

Feb. 18, 2020 1:08 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Single family zoning could be eliminated in most cities in Washington state with more than 10,000 people, lawmakers said. The proposal would mean local governments would be required to allow triplexes, quadplexes, sixplexes, stacked flats, townhouses, and courtyard apartments mixed...

This photo taken July 1, 2016 shows a group of first-year honeybee hives in a pasture near Langley, Wash. Chemicals are routinely applied to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds but many are indiscriminate, devastating beneficial insects in the process. Landowners should avoid using pesticides in areas attractive to pollinators and instead use non-toxic methods to get rid of such pests as aphids. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Backyard gardeners can act to help bee populations

Feb. 18, 2020 11:36 AM EST

Chemicals are routinely applied around residential landscapes to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds, but many are indiscriminate and devastate pollinators in the process. Over the past 30-plus years, pollinator populations have crashed worldwide due to a variety of reasons, including pesticide and herbicide...

Washington to open fishing in May despite steelhead drop

Feb. 17, 2020 2:14 PM EST

SULTAN, Wash. (AP) — Despite concerns from scientists and conservationists, the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife says fishing does not make a large enough impact on wild winter steelhead to delay the fishing season. The season is scheduled to open May 23, The Everett Herald reports. The...

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

Ranching on high alert: Rancher takes steps to repel wolves

Feb. 15, 2020 3:11 AM EST

ANATONE, Wash. (AP) — With a .25-06 rifle cradled in the crook of his left elbow, Jay Holzmiller used his right arm to sweep a spotlight across his pasture, checking his cows and looking for wolves. He found no predators but something else caught his eye. “We have a baby,” he told The...

Washington Senate approves data privacy rules

Feb. 14, 2020 9:40 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate on Friday passed a data privacy measure that would give consumers the right to manage how information held by private companies is used. The measure, called the Washington Privacy Act, passed on a bipartisan 46-1 vote and now heads to the House for consideration....

FILE - In this May 28, 2014, file photo, migrants are released from ICE custody at a Greyhound bus station in Phoenix. A Customs and Border Protection memo dated Jan. 28, 2020, obtained by The Associated Press confirms that bus companies such as Greyhound do not have to allow Border Patrol agents on board to conduct routine checks for illegal immigrants, despite the company's insistence that it has no choice but to do so. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

AP Exclusive: Agency memo contradicts Greyhound on bus raids

Feb. 14, 2020 3:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Customs and Border Protection memo obtained by The Associated Press confirms that bus companies such as Greyhound do not have to allow Border Patrol agents on board to conduct routine checks for immigrants in the country illegally, which is contrary to the company's long insistence that it...

Sports gambling bill passes Washington state House

Feb. 14, 2020 12:46 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,...