Jerry Cornfield

Washington state Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven C. Gonzalez, bottom right, looks at a remote video meeting screen as he swears in Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, as Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lovick had to be sworn in remotely due to testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Lawmakers started the new legislative session Monday during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and much of their work will be done remotely as leaders try to limit the possibility of exposure. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

They’re off and legislating, and doing it remotely again

Not getting on the chamber floor didn’t mar the start of an Everett rep’s first legislative session.

Washington state Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven C. Gonzalez, bottom right, looks at a remote video meeting screen as he swears in Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, as Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lovick had to be sworn in remotely due to testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Lawmakers started the new legislative session Monday during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and much of their work will be done remotely as leaders try to limit the possibility of exposure. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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60-day sprint: State lawmakers plan to fix what’s broken

Here’s what’s happening on Day 1 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

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GOP duel: County Councilman Sam Low to challenge Rep. Robert Sutherland

Low won re-election in November. He’ll take on Sutherland, a two-term incumbent, in a revamped 39th District

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FILE - This April 22, 2019 file photo shows the Washington state seal protected by ropes in the rotunda of the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The 60-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, with lawmakers set to make adjustments to the state budget as well as tackle several policy issues, including how to address homelessness in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

8 things to watch during the 2022 legislative session

Taxes, transportation, COVID and pickleball are on the schedule. There’s a lot legislators want to do in the next 60 days.

FILE - This April 22, 2019 file photo shows the Washington state seal protected by ropes in the rotunda of the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The 60-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, with lawmakers set to make adjustments to the state budget as well as tackle several policy issues, including how to address homelessness in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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How to contact Snohomish County’s state lawmakers in 2022

With this set to be another virtual legislative session, a phone call or email will be your best means of reaching them.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee: Officials’ lies about election results should be crime

The governor wants lawmakers to pass legislation making it a gross misdemeanor.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Top: Washington State Redistricting Commissioners (from left) April Sims, Brady Pinero Walkinshaw, Joe Fain, Paul Graves and Sarah Augustine. Center: Congressional map (left) and Legislative map. Bottom: Washington State Supreme Court Justices (from left) Gonzalez, Gordon McCloud, Johnson, Whitener, Madsen, Montoya Lewis, Owns, Stephens and Yu.

Supreme Court won’t take up lawsuits challenging redistricting

Plaintiffs argued the political maps should be tossed because the people who drew them up met in secret.

Top: Washington State Redistricting Commissioners (from left) April Sims, Brady Pinero Walkinshaw, Joe Fain, Paul Graves and Sarah Augustine. Center: Congressional map (left) and Legislative map. Bottom: Washington State Supreme Court Justices (from left) Gonzalez, Gordon McCloud, Johnson, Whitener, Madsen, Montoya Lewis, Owns, Stephens and Yu.
Top: Washington State Redistricting Commissioners (from left) April Sims, Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, Joe Fain, Paul Graves and Sarah Augustine. Center: Congressional map (left) and Legislative map. Bottom: Washington State Supreme Court Justices (from left) González, Gordon McCloud, Johnson, Whitener, Madsen, Montoya-Lewis, Owens, Stephens and Yu.

Legal fight on redistricting returning to the Supreme Court

Two lawsuits say the plans aren’t valid because commissioners broke state law before voting to approve them.

Top: Washington State Redistricting Commissioners (from left) April Sims, Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, Joe Fain, Paul Graves and Sarah Augustine. Center: Congressional map (left) and Legislative map. Bottom: Washington State Supreme Court Justices (from left) González, Gordon McCloud, Johnson, Whitener, Madsen, Montoya-Lewis, Owens, Stephens and Yu.
The sundial near the Legislative Building is shown just after dusk, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Tuesday was Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. Although it wasn't visible in the sky, the sun set just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New laws bring changes at takeout counter, OT for farm workers

As felons get their voting rights restored, two taxes take effect, but the future of each is uncertain.

The sundial near the Legislative Building is shown just after dusk, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Tuesday was Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. Although it wasn't visible in the sky, the sun set just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

State bill would ban guns at the ballot box, election offices

“Elections and political perspectives can stir equally intense emotions,” the Snohomish County auditor says.

Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Stenczie Morgan with Maxim Healthcare Services sets up one of the four vaccination stations at the Angel of the Winds Area vaccination site on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As Omicron spreads, Inslee says state will open vaccination sites

Meanwhile, hospitals are full. COVID is a reason. Hundreds of patients need long-term care and there’s nowhere to send them.

Stenczie Morgan with Maxim Healthcare Services sets up one of the four vaccination stations at the Angel of the Winds Area vaccination site on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state capital budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee, lawmakers set for another court battle on veto powers

In a new suit, the Legislature contends two of the governor’s vetoes were unconstitutional.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state capital budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
House Speaker Pro-tem Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, presides over the Washington House, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Lovick tapped for Senate, Donaghy to replace him in House

The choice of John Lovick was no surprise, but the County Council’s appointment of Brandy Donaghy was not unanimous.

House Speaker Pro-tem Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, presides over the Washington House, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Television station lights illuminate those gathered for a rally demanding the Monroe School District address harassment and bullying problems on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Parents and teachers call for Monroe superintendent’s firing

A few School Board members backed Justin Blasko on Monday. Critics blamed him for a “toxic culture.”

Television station lights illuminate those gathered for a rally demanding the Monroe School District address harassment and bullying problems on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Lenz composting facility borders. (Google Earth)

Stanwood composter questioned on whether tonnage went over the cap

Lenz Enterprises was accused by a competitor, Cedar Grove, of accepting 30,000 tons more than allowed last year.

The Lenz composting facility borders. (Google Earth)
People wait for the start of the Minnesota Vikings versus the Pittsburgh Steelers football game after placing bets at Angel of the Winds Casino on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

You can now place your sports bets at this local tribal casino

The casino near Arlington is the first in the county, and one of three in the state, where adults can legally bet on sports.

People wait for the start of the Minnesota Vikings versus the Pittsburgh Steelers football game after placing bets at Angel of the Winds Casino on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Marko Liias

Sen. Liias lands key role in state transportation policy

He’ll chair a transportation committee that decides how billions of dollars are spent on roads, bridges, buses and more.

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John Lovick

State Rep. Lovick gets nod for state Senate

After Legislative District 44 Democrats nominated him, his House seat opened for party jockeying.

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Approved Legislative District Map (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

State Supreme Court declines to draw new redistricting plan

Many Snohomish County voters are now a big step closer to having new representation in the state Legislature.

Approved Legislative District Map (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
Keith Wagoner

Senator becomes first GOP candidate for secretary of state

Sen. Keith Wagoner will challenge Democrat Steve Hobbs, who was appointed to the statewide post in November

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