Latest Washington state government News

Washington state considers taxing drivers by the mile

Jul. 17, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Transportation officials are considering replacing Washington state's gas tax to a system that would charge drivers by the mile. The News Tribune reported Wednesday that the state Transportation Commission is expected to vote in December on tax recommendations to give the state...

Court: Seattle wealth tax unconstitutional but so is tax ban

Jul. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Seattle's tax on wealthy households is unconstitutional, but so is the state law banning Seattle and other Washington cities from taxing net income. In doing so, the Court of Appeals declared void a 35-year-old ban enacted by the...

Washington AG opens inquiry into NRA's financial affairs

Jul. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for Washington D.C. has issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association and its related charitable foundation as part of an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct inside the powerful gun lobbying organization. The subpoenas add to a host of...

Washington court: Obesity covered by antidiscrimination law

Jul. 11, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — It's illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone who is obese if they are otherwise qualified for the job, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a 7-2 ruling, the high court said obesity is covered by the Washington Law Against Discrimination, which protects employees...

Washington state nurse indefinitely suspended for drug abuse

Jul. 11, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Department of Health has suspended the credential of a nurse after she failed to show up for drug screenings. The Bellingham Herald reported Thursday that Jennifer Somawang had agreed to enter a drug monitoring program after she admitted to taking the opioid...

Washington Supreme Court upholds Seattle voucher system

Jul. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld Seattle's "democracy vouchers" program, which allows residents to direct taxpayer money to qualifying political candidates. The libertarian-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation had supported a lawsuit to block the program on behalf of a pair...

Premera Blue Cross pays states $10 million over data breach

Jul. 11, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than 10 million people across the country. The settlement , negotiated with the...

Washington state sues Navy over expanded flights on island

Jul. 9, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state sued the Navy on Tuesday over its expansion of jet operations on an island north of Seattle, saying officials failed to adequately consider the effect that additional noisy flights would have on people or wildlife. "The Navy has an important job, and it's critical that their...

Washington state to cut hundreds of trees to save salmon

Jul. 9, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state intends to cut down more than a hundred trees along a highway in an attempt to restore a salmon habitat. The Everett Herald reports that the state Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin the clearance Monday along Highway 529 in Marysville. Officials...

The Latest: Barr won't recuse himself from NY Epstein case

Jul. 9, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 11:27 a.m. Attorney General William Barr has consulted with Justice Department ethics officials and will not recuse himself from overseeing the case of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein by federal...