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Timely police reform; Ferguson weighs in on drug possession

Here’s what’s happening on Day 101 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Is the ‘grand bargain’ crumbling? Is a drug-law fix coming?

Here’s what’s happening on Day 99 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Washington state Sen. Paull Shin, D-Mukilteo, listens to debate on the Senate floor in Olympia, Wash., Friday, March 12, 1999, on legislation requested by the governor and sponsored by Shin. The measure would provide retraining for laid-off Boeing workers along with two years of unemployment insurance. (AP Photo/Louie Balukoff)

Paull Shin went from Seoul streets to Senate leadership

The state’s first Korean-American lawmaker, who died this week, had an inspiring life story.

Washington state Sen. Paull Shin, D-Mukilteo, listens to debate on the Senate floor in Olympia, Wash., Friday, March 12, 1999, on legislation requested by the governor and sponsored by Shin. The measure would provide retraining for laid-off Boeing workers along with two years of unemployment insurance. (AP Photo/Louie Balukoff)
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman looks up at a video monitor in a hallway as he arrives for a session of Thurston County Superior Court, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Eyman, who ran initiative campaigns across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a ruling from Superior Court Judge James Dixon Wednesday that blasted Eyman for using donor's contributions to line his own pocket. Eyman was also told to pay more than $2.5 million in penalties. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Ouch: Judge orders Tim Eyman to pay state’s $2.9M legal tab

In February, a judge found that the serial initiative promoter repeatedly violated campaign finance laws.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman looks up at a video monitor in a hallway as he arrives for a session of Thurston County Superior Court, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Eyman, who ran initiative campaigns across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a ruling from Superior Court Judge James Dixon Wednesday that blasted Eyman for using donor's contributions to line his own pocket. Eyman was also told to pay more than $2.5 million in penalties. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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9 bills the governor is signing and 1 that he won’t

Here’s what’s happening on Day 96 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Package funding U.S. 2 trestle, Monroe bypass on the move

A $17.8 billion plan dealing with highways, ferries and transit has cleared the state Senate transportation panel.

Looking east toward the U.S. 2 trestle as cars begin to backup on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The aging westbound span needs replacing and local politicians are looking to federal dollars to get the replacement started. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

U.S. 2 trestle rebuild part of Senate transportation package

Time is short to get the $17.8 billion plan passed. Its link to climate change bills adds intrigue.

Looking east toward the U.S. 2 trestle as cars begin to backup on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The aging westbound span needs replacing and local politicians are looking to federal dollars to get the replacement started. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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Things are heating up in Olympia — and not just the weather

Here’s what’s happening on Day 94 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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FILE - This Monday, June 17, 2019, file photo shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. While the nation's attorneys general debate a legal settlement with Purdue Pharma, the opioid epidemic associated with the company's blockbuster painkiller OxyContin rages on. The drugs still kill tens of thousands of people each year with no end in sight. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

High court ruling spurs effort to retool state’s drug laws

Meanwhile, the Blake decision has gotten people out jail, charges dismissed and possibly clemency for some.

FILE - This Monday, June 17, 2019, file photo shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. While the nation's attorneys general debate a legal settlement with Purdue Pharma, the opioid epidemic associated with the company's blockbuster painkiller OxyContin rages on. The drugs still kill tens of thousands of people each year with no end in sight. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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5 wrinkles for lawmakers to iron out in session’s last days

Here’s what’s happening on Day 92 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Sen. John McCoy, D-38

McCoy receives an overdue tribute from Senate colleagues

The former lawmaker was praised as a “quiet giant” for his work on education, environment and tribal issues.

Sen. John McCoy, D-38
Lakewood High School. (Lakewood School District)

Voters asked again to support Lakewood students with a levy

The school district seeks passage of a measure with a lower tax rate than those which voters rejected in 2020.

Lakewood High School. (Lakewood School District)
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Climate change debate hogs spotlight; Inslee demurs on Blake

Here’s what’s happening on Day 89 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Budget talks gain speed; COVID may shift state into reverse

Here’s what’s happening on Day 87 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Could a carbon tax find its way into a grand bargain?

Here’s what’s happening on Day 85 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Armed citizens stand along First Street to protect businesses from possible looters on Monday, June 1, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Both sides cite armed crowd in Snohomish in gun-bill debate

Two Snohomish County lawmakers invoked the May incident in arguing for and against a gun ban at protests.

Armed citizens stand along First Street to protect businesses from possible looters on Monday, June 1, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Leaders want pledge that Everett light rail will be on time

Sound Transit faces rising costs. Talk of “hard decisions” has Snohomish County officials concerned.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Biden may seek to house migrant children in Washington

Here’s what’s happening on Day 82 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Vehicles line up Wednesday at Arlington Municipal Airport, one of Snohomish County's public vaccination sites. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20210331

In 2 weeks, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine

With supply rising, Gov. Jay Inslee will open COVID-19 vaccinations to all starting April 15.

Vehicles line up Wednesday at Arlington Municipal Airport, one of Snohomish County's public vaccination sites. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20210331
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State transpo package arrives, clean fuel standard motors on

Here’s what’s happening on Day 80 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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