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As death toll rises, push to lower the legal limit for driving drunk begins
Washington could join Utah with toughest standard in the nation. Change concerns wine and hospitality industries.
Gun bills arrive and hospital staffing debate begins anew
Week 2 of the 2023 legislative session is under way. It’s going to be a little more tense
Pickleball is the state sport; it may soon have a license plate
Enthusiasts are teaming up with Sen. John Lovick on a bill for a special plate. Proceeds would build and maintain courts.
Senate panel backs bill adding another judge in Snohomish County
It’s been 25 years since the Legislature approved a new District Court judge for the county. It won’t cost the state a dime.
Push begins for a pickleball license plate and a ban on octopus farming
Those are two of 700 bills introduced in the first week of the 2023 legislative session.
They’re in an upbeat mood. We’ve got a definition of middle housing
It’s Day 3 of the 2023 legislative session. Good feelings can’t last forever as committee hearings and votes begin.
Inslee makes his case for a $4 billion housing bond in State of the State
Calls for an assault weapons ban and the constitutional protection of abortion rights drew cheers from Democrats, silence from the GOP.
Lawmakers return as a path for a Blake fix is fine-tuned
It is day one of the 2023 legislative session and 147 citizen legislators are doing it in person.
Lawmakers return to Olympia. Here’s how to reach them this session.
While they will operate in person, residents will still be able to take part in hearings remotely.
Lawmakers prepare for first in-person session since 2020
More homes, less homelessness, a Blake ruling fix and an assault weapons ban are among the issues to watch.
Sutherland to pay $2.5K to settle ethics violation complaint
A state panel alleged the Republican lawmaker broke ethics rules in a March confrontation with a House security official.
Federal earmarks deliver small sums in a big way for local projects
Road projects, park upgrades, and a sewer project are among recipients of direct funding in the $1.7 trillion federal budget.
First payments from $500M opioid distributor suit due this week
Snohomish County and 11 cities will receive $25M through 2039. Talks are under way on how best to spend those dollars.
Sutherland, an election denier, teases run for Snohomish County auditor
Auditor Garth Fell and Cindy Gobel are on course for a rematch. The outgoing GOP lawmaker would change the tone of the contest.
Larry Countryman, Snohomish cartoonist and civic leader, dies at 81
A political conservative, Countryman lampooned opponents with satirical cartoons that earned rebukes from the left.
Regence reaches deal on new contract with The Everett Clinic
The agreement means care for thousands will continue to be in-network. The parties still seek accord covering Medicare Advantage plans.
State sues 3 major drug retailers for role in fueling opioid epidemic
AG Bob Ferguson alleges Albertsons, Kroger and Rite Aid of failing to prevent overuse of opioid prescriptions
For 7th straight year, Democrats aim for assault weapon ban
Democratic legislators will seek several gun control laws in the 2023 session, including one requiring a permit to buy a firearm.
Gov. Inslee proposes $4 billion bond to assist homeless, build housing
The governor unveiled it Wednesday along with a $70.4 billion budget plan. Voters would get the final say.
Except recounts, midterm election is all wrapped up
Two Island County races will get a recount. In a hyped political season, fewer people cast ballots than in the 2018 midterm.