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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)

Do Snohomish County lawmakers want a 2020 presidential rematch?

The Herald contacted seven Republican legislators representing parts of Snohomish County about their primary choice. Five did not respond.

 

Everett police officers survey the scene of a shooting along East Casino Road on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Washington’s 5th police academy could be in Snohomish County

A new academy in Northwest Washington would help clear a lengthy wait list for new police hires to get training.

 

Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, left, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, speaks Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, looks on at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. After the speech, Inslee signed a bill sponsored by McCoy that seeks to improve oral health on Indian reservations in Washington state. The measure is the first bill the governor has signed this legislative session and it allows tribes to use federal funding for dental therapists. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Curriculum on state tribes to be renamed after late Tulalip legislator

On Tuesday, John McCoy’s former colleagues in the Senate honored the late lawmaker by passing House Bill 1879.

 

The Nimbus Apartments are pictured on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Snohomish County has the highest rent in the state. Could this bill help?

In one year, rent for the average two-bedroom apartment in Snohomish County went up 20%. A bill seeks to cap any increases at 7%.

The Nimbus Apartments are pictured on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Ninth-grade program gets money, initiatives to get hearings

It’s day 47, here is what’s happening in the Legislature.

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Presidential primary ballots en route to Snohomish County voters

Voters must indicate a party preference to vote for a candidate. Ballots are due March 12.

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Budgets begin to roll out, more bills die

It’s day 40, here is what’s happening in the Legislature.

People begin to peruse the temporary space for the new school health center at Meadowdale High School with the help of Community Health Center’s Anna Scheglov, left, on Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett student health centers, estuary work prioritized in state plan

If approved, the state Senate’s supplemental capital budget plan would give an extra $12 million to Snohomish County projects.

People begin to peruse the temporary space for the new school health center at Meadowdale High School with the help of Community Health Center’s Anna Scheglov, left, on Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A group of travelers aboard the MV Suquamish watch from the sun deck as MV Tokitae passes starboard side on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, in the waters near Clinton, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Bill seeks to improve ferry reliability with a work group

While the state Department of Transportation isn’t completely on board, Rep. Greg Nance thinks his bill will help ferries long-term.

A group of travelers aboard the MV Suquamish watch from the sun deck as MV Tokitae passes starboard side on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, in the waters near Clinton, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A person turns in a ballot on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 outside the Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

2024 February special election results for Snohomish County

Returns ballot measures updated daily as mail-in ballots are counted.

A person turns in a ballot on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 outside the Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A classroom with folding walls inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. Noise transfers easily between rooms. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

School measures rejected in Arlington, Lakewood, Sultan; pass elsewhere

Edmonds and Stanwood-Camano voters favored levies for schools Tuesday. Arlington passed two levies, but rejected funding for a new middle school.

A classroom with folding walls inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. Noise transfers easily between rooms. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

11 tax measures on Snohomish County’s special election ballot

Tuesday is the deadline to vote on school levies in the Arlington, Edmonds, Lakewood, Sultan and Stanwood-Camano districts.

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Shuffling elections, pricey EpiPens and octopus farms

It’s day 33, here is what’s happening in the Legislature.

4 bills that died in first cutoff in Olympia this week

Here is what’s (not) happening in the Legislature…

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and medics from Snohomish, King and Pierce counties use computers to simulate an active shooter scenario in a ballroom at Angel of the Winds Arena on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

0.3% sales tax for public safety has support of local Democrats, police

A proposed law would allow local councils to bypass voters and impose an extra tax. Snohomish County voters narrowly rejected a similar tax in 2016.

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and medics from Snohomish, King and Pierce counties use computers to simulate an active shooter scenario in a ballroom at Angel of the Winds Arena on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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Cocoon House advocate Morgan Huber (right) talks with teens gathered at the nonprofit's U-Turn drop-in center on Broadway in Everett on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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Bipartisan bill aims to curb homelessness among young adults

Rep. Julio Cortes, D-Everett, and Rep. Carolyn Eslick, R-Sultan, want to fund temporary housing for those exiting treatment at ages 18 to 24.

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Cocoon House advocate Morgan Huber (right) talks with teens gathered at the nonprofit's U-Turn drop-in center on Broadway in Everett on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Photo taken on 12132016
Drivers head northbound on I-5 through Everett on Thursday, March 31, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Should Washington require headlights 24 hours a day on highways?

Sen. John Lovick’s bill aims to create “a culture of safety” on state highways. Opponents say it could promote “disproportionate enforcement priorities.”

Drivers head northbound on I-5 through Everett on Thursday, March 31, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lynn Deeken, the Dean of Arts, Learning Resources & Pathways at EvCC, addresses a large gathering during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Cascade Learning Center on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Free community college bill advances through House committee

If the bill passes, Snohomish County graduates could get one year of free college locally, regardless of income.

Lynn Deeken, the Dean of Arts, Learning Resources & Pathways at EvCC, addresses a large gathering during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Cascade Learning Center on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lawmakers try tackling opioid crisis and transportation costs

It’s day 19, here is what’s happening in the Legislature.

Students exit Everett High School on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 after the first day of school since Feb. 8 due to weather cancellations. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After pandemic’s peak, more kids missed school; bill aims to solve that

In Everett, attendance rates dropped 15% in a few years. A bill in Olympia aims to get kids back in the classroom.

Students exit Everett High School on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 after the first day of school since Feb. 8 due to weather cancellations. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)