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Rep. Robert Sutherland at a "March For Our Rights" rally in Olympia in 2019. (Washington State House Republicans)

Rep. Sutherland reprimanded for berating, swearing at security chief

An investigation found the Granite Falls legislator’s behavior, including use of profanity, violated rules of conduct.

Rep. Robert Sutherland at a "March For Our Rights" rally in Olympia in 2019. (Washington State House Republicans)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill that bans the manufacture, distribution and sale of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition in Washington state, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as his wife Trudi, center-right, and other supporters applaud. The measure was one of three in a package of bills tightening the state's gun laws that were signed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

‘A milestone’: Law signed banning sales of large capacity ammo magazines

Emotions swelled as Gov. Inslee signed a measure that limits capacity to 10 rounds. The new law takes effect July 1.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill that bans the manufacture, distribution and sale of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition in Washington state, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as his wife Trudi, center-right, and other supporters applaud. The measure was one of three in a package of bills tightening the state's gun laws that were signed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Emily Wicks

Political shakeup underway as another Everett lawmaker makes exit

With Reps. Emily Wicks and Mike Sells leaving at end of the year, GOP looks to make gains in Democrat stronghold

Emily Wicks
Other state representatives respond to roll call over a virtual meeting before their swearing in on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Once a rarity, remote government meetings appear here to stay

A locally inspired bill pushes governing boards to let people keep participating from afar, even when the pandemic fades.

Other state representatives respond to roll call over a virtual meeting before their swearing in on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gustavo Balderas

Edmonds schools superintendent leaving for new job in Oregon

Gustavo Balderas will lead the Beaverton School District, that state’s third-largest. He will start there in July.

Gustavo Balderas
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A testy final night of legislating brought 2 big surprises

Here’s what’s happening after adjournment of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Snohomish County Superior Courthouse in Everett, Washington on February 8, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

2 Superior Court judge positions added in Snohomish County

The governor signed the bill into law Friday, bringing the number of Superior Court judges in the county to 17. Three seats are vacant.

Snohomish County Superior Courthouse in Everett, Washington on February 8, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Rep. April Berg, D-Mill Creek, pushes a button to cast a vote on the House floor, Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington lawmakers were wrapping up their work Thursday with final votes on a supplemental state budget and a transportation revenue package before planning to adjourn the legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

9 things state lawmakers did this session — and 1 they didn’t

The Legislature adjourned Thursday after a whirlwind 60-day session dominated by the Democrats’ agenda.

Rep. April Berg, D-Mill Creek, pushes a button to cast a vote on the House floor, Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington lawmakers were wrapping up their work Thursday with final votes on a supplemental state budget and a transportation revenue package before planning to adjourn the legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Clockwise from top left: The Mukilteo ferry terminal, a bike rider in Wenberg County Park in Stanwood, A Sound Transit bus at the Northgate light rail station in Seattle, and the U.S. 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens. (Herald file)

Dems push through sweeping $17B state transportation package

Around $600 million will be poured into Snohomish County projects, including a U.S. 2 trestle replacement.

Clockwise from top left: The Mukilteo ferry terminal, a bike rider in Wenberg County Park in Stanwood, A Sound Transit bus at the Northgate light rail station in Seattle, and the U.S. 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens. (Herald file)
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Move Ahead reaches the finish line on the eve of adjournment

Here’s what’s happening on Day 59 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Robert Sutherland

Rep. Sutherland investigated after argument with security chief

By his own admission, he used profanity in a heated exchange. He might have violated state House rules.

Robert Sutherland

Election offices, government meetings will be gun-free zones

A bill heading to governor will prohibit the “open carry” of firearms in certain civic settings.

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Time to work out budget deals, iron out policy disputes

Here’s what’s happening on Day 57 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 27, 2017, file photo, a semi-automatic hand gun is displayed with a 10 shot magazine, left, and a 15 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The panel's majority ruled Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that the law banning magazines holding more than 10 bullets violates the constitutional right to bear firearms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Lawmakers OK limit on sale of high-capacity ammo magazines

The measure passed the state House 55-42 in a vote late Friday night. The governor is expected to sign it.

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 27, 2017, file photo, a semi-automatic hand gun is displayed with a 10 shot magazine, left, and a 15 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The panel's majority ruled Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that the law banning magazines holding more than 10 bullets violates the constitutional right to bear firearms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Inslee signs laws that fine-tune last year’s policing reform

Lawmakers retooled a law that police said stops them from assisting people in crisis and protecting the public.

FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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Liias eyes a solution for transportation package funding

Here’s what’s happening on Day 54 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Vibal Vidal, a recovery nurse at Swedish Edmonds, pickets outside the hospital Tuesday morning. (Joey Thompson / The Herald)

Bill to set minimum hospital staffing dies in state Senate

Hospitals opposed a bill limiting the number of patients per nurse. It died in a committee this week.

Vibal Vidal, a recovery nurse at Swedish Edmonds, pickets outside the hospital Tuesday morning. (Joey Thompson / The Herald)
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Transpo package inches ahead amid concern about funding source

Here’s what’s happening on Day 52 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Olympia jargon: No, NTIB is not some new kind of face mask

Here’s what’s happening on Day 50 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Granite Falls High School (Granite Falls School District)

4 districts hope to change voters’ minds on school funding

Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood and Sultan all suffered levy defeats in this month’s special election. They’ll try again in April.

Granite Falls High School (Granite Falls School District)