Jerry Cornfield

5 counties warned state about salmon-farming back in 2012

State officials were unfazed — until last summer’s accidental release of up to 260,000 non-native fish.

Sasquatch might soon be spotted — on state license plates

The elusive cryptid could help raise money for state parks by appearing on specialty plates.

30-year legislator Dick King dies at 83

He crafted the collective bargaining law and created a path to tenure for community college professors.

Senate passes bill banning ‘bump stocks’

The measure now heads to the House, where it stands a good chance of passing.

Property owners might get relief from tax they didn’t vote on

Bills would bar Sound Transit from levying its property tax on anything less than a whole parcel.

Q&A: State House speaker on taxes, death penalty, harassment

Democrat Frank Chopp has had the speaker title since 1999, and he says he’s not retiring this year.

House passes car tab fees fix, bill goes to Senate

As envisioned, Sound Transit would have to give car owners credits or refunds.

Jayme Biendl, 34, was a correctional officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe.

Do we need the death penalty? Testimony split in Olympia

The voter-approved law has been on the books since 1981. The governor has been issuing reprieves.

Jayme Biendl, 34, was a correctional officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe.

There’s plenty to cheer in overdue capital budget

In Snohomish County, there’s money for a number of projects.

Water-use bill passage makes way for overdue capital budget

A lot of the money will to go to housing, schools and projects in Snohomish County and statewide.

New leaders coming to county, state political parties

Hillary Moralez of Bothell takes over as chair for the Snohomish County Democratic Party.

FILE - This Tuesday, May 30, 2017 file photo, former Washington Gov. John Spellman, second from left, leaves a memorial service in Renton, Wash. Spellman, the last Republican governor elected in Washington, has died at age 91. Spellman’s son, Seattle attorney David Spellman, confirmed his death Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

John Spellman was last GOP governor of Washingon

He had spent recent weeks “being very disappointed with the Cougs and the Huskies,” his son said.

FILE - This Tuesday, May 30, 2017 file photo, former Washington Gov. John Spellman, second from left, leaves a memorial service in Renton, Wash. Spellman, the last Republican governor elected in Washington, has died at age 91. Spellman’s son, Seattle attorney David Spellman, confirmed his death Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

Gun control debate flares anew in Olympia

A two-hour hearing covered a package of gun-related legislation.

Proposed bill ties affordable housing with sales tax funds

Bill would allow counties to receive a share of the tax collected from sales within its borders.

Water rights bill clears first legislative hurdle

Agreement on a so-called Hirst fix has vexed the Legislature for a year.

Lawmakers may be facing last chance to price carbon their way

Because groups that view carbon tax as a preferred weapon against climate change are joining forces.

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Lots to do in 60 days as state lawmakers open their session

Democrats have a two-vote majority in the House (50-48) and a one-vote edge in the Senate (25-24).

State lawmakers begin new session with old problems to solve

On the 2018 Olympia agenda: construction budget, water policy and clearing up car-tab chaos.

How to contact your state lawmakers — and other fun facts

The 2018 session of the Washington Legislature in Olympia runs from Jan. 8 to March 8.