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This is what climate change looks like in the state Senate
Since regaining the majority, Democrats have five noticeable developments on their to-do list.
Ex-lawmaker Scott to take on newly appointed GOP senator
Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, serves in the 39th Legislative District.
GOP renews push to reform ‘out of control’ Sound Transit
Republicans want lower taxes and a reorganized transit agency, but Democrats are in the driver’s seat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Sedro-Woolley mayor chosen to fill vacant state Senate seat
Keith Wagoner will need to run, and win, in this year’s election if he wants to continue serving.
Eyman isn’t letting a bad 2017 slow him down in the new year
Mukilteo’s purveyor of initiatives saw his causes foiled and his political influence jeopardized.
Who gets Kirk Pearson’s state Senate seat? We did some math
The 39th District covers swaths of rural Snohomish and Skagit counties, and a sliver of King County.
Rogue electors are undeterred by their latest legal setback
Each had signed a pledge to support the Democratic nominee when they were chosen by peers.
No capital budget means no jobs for 52 state workers
If the March deadline isn’t met, as many as 300 more employees could be out of work.
Judge bottles up Inslee’s much touted clean air rule
Democratic lawmakers could help by proposing new regulations to be imposed on carbon polluters.
Wildlife, guns and property taxes are on the agenda in 2018
State lawmakers are pre-filing bills they hope to pass in the 2018 legislative session.
Counties fed up with unfunded mandates may sue the state
For example, no money has been provided to install, maintain and clear out required ballot boxes.
GOP nominates 3 to fill vacant seat in state Senate
A special meeting to make the appointment is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 3.