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The Monroe Correctional Complex on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Inmates held a demonstration on Wednesday night after six inmates tested positive for COVID-19. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Inmates sue state to gain immediate access to vaccinations

The lawsuit also seeks to bar corrections staff who refuse vaccine from having contact with inmates.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Inmates held a demonstration on Wednesday night after six inmates tested positive for COVID-19. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Budgets, school re-openings and data privacy

Here’s what’s happening on Day 78 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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The Washington State Capitol in Olympia. (Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau, file)

State Senate Democrats unveil ambitious $59.2B spending plan

The proposal would use reserves and federal aid for economic recovery and the fight against COVID-19.

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia. (Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau, file)
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Senate Democrats go big with budget. Will House go bigger?

Here’s what’s happening on Day 75 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Urgent responses to the Blake decision emerge in Olympia

Here’s what’s happening on Day 73 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)

Insurers told to stop using credit scores to set rates

A ban of that practice will be in place until the pandemic is over, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)

Federal aid is key to House, Senate transportation budgets

The Democratic plans count on $1 billion in COVID-19 relief to offset a drop in gas taxes, tolls and ferry fares.

Freshmen await the start on the assembly at Arlington High School Friday morning in Arlington on March 19, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Schools will reopen everywhere, but dates vary by district

Under an order from Gov. Jay Inslee, students in all grades must have a chance to return by April 19.

Freshmen await the start on the assembly at Arlington High School Friday morning in Arlington on March 19, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Clean-fuel bill seems to be bypassing a key Democratic foe

Here’s what’s happening on Day 71 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Substitute teacher Oscar Gardner, 76, right, gets the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Kim Vo, left, a pharmacist working for the Seattle Indian Health Board, Monday, March 15, 2021, at a SIHB clinic in Seattle. The SIHB began vaccinating front line staff from Seattle Public Schools Monday, including substitute teachers, custodians, nutrition services staff, special education teachers, and instructional aides, after determining they had enough doses of the vaccine to share with school workers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

With vaccine supply rising, governor will expand eligibility

He’s also extending an eviction moratorium and a ban on utility shutoffs.

Substitute teacher Oscar Gardner, 76, right, gets the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Kim Vo, left, a pharmacist working for the Seattle Indian Health Board, Monday, March 15, 2021, at a SIHB clinic in Seattle. The SIHB began vaccinating front line staff from Seattle Public Schools Monday, including substitute teachers, custodians, nutrition services staff, special education teachers, and instructional aides, after determining they had enough doses of the vaccine to share with school workers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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5 ways to spend federal aid, 1 reason to pass capital gains

Here’s what’s happening on Day 68 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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A revenue jackpot; Democrats lukewarm to Inslee school order

Here’s what’s happening on Day 66 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney and his wife posted a video to Facebook. (Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney)

Sheriff Fortney breaks his silence on failed recall attempt

In a video, he criticizes recall campaign leaders and defends actions that led to the effort to oust him.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney and his wife posted a video to Facebook. (Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney)
Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney in July 2020. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Sheriff won’t face recall, but his foes say they’ll battle on

They came up short on signatures. They vow to keep watch and be ready if Fortney runs in 2023.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney in July 2020. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Inslee signs order to get students back in classrooms

The directive requires districts to offer at least two days of on-campus instruction per week for all grades.

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Reopening schools, reviving a drug law and debating taxes

Here’s what’s happening on Day 64 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said that the Seattle Mariners baseball team, the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team and the National Women's Soccer League's OL Reign will soon be able to welcome a limited number of fans to their stadiums under a 25% seating capacity when they open their seasons. The easing of restrictions will also apply to high school sports, and was one of several aspects of the state's ongoing re-opening plan developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that were announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Moving to Phase 3: Fans in stadiums and more indoor dining

Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan will allow businesses to operate at 50% capacity starting March 22.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said that the Seattle Mariners baseball team, the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team and the National Women's Soccer League's OL Reign will soon be able to welcome a limited number of fans to their stadiums under a 25% seating capacity when they open their seasons. The easing of restrictions will also apply to high school sports, and was one of several aspects of the state's ongoing re-opening plan developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that were announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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A bundle of billions and an imbalance of power

Here’s what’s happening on Day 61 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Working families win; state is No. 1; dinosaur bill dies

Here’s what’s happening on Day 59 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney during an interview at the sheriff’s department June 17, 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Attempt to recall sheriff ends without any petitions filed

Critics of Sheriff Adam Fortney came up short after six months of signature-gathering.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney during an interview at the sheriff’s department June 17, 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald)