State Legislature

Seeking time for family, Bailey to resign from state Senate

Oak Harbor Republican will leave office in September after nearly 17 years in the Legislature.


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.


Candidates for appointment to the 39th District state Senate seat. From left: Georgene Faries, Elizabeth Scott and Keith Wagoner.

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.


Sen. Hobbs gets a key role in state transportation policy

The Lake Stevens Democrat will chair the Senate Transportation Committee.

Five Republicans seeking open state Senate seat

Kirk Pearson resigned earlier this month to accept a job in the Trump administration.

A Democrat and ex-Republican team up to end two-party politics

Brian Baird and Chris Vance unveil a new organization called Washington Independents.

State is close but still not compliant in school-funding case

Lawmakers must act during the next legislative session to satisfy the state Supreme Court.

Some Snohomish County lawmakers given new responsibilities

The changes are the result of the Democrats regaining the majority in the Senate.

Democrats might control Olympia, but they’ll need GOP votes

A Manka Dhingra win in the 45th District would give Democrats a 25-24 advantage in the Senate.

When it comes to majorities, Democrats must use them or lose them

Some hope that a Democratic victory in the Senate race will spur a bipartisan Hirst compromise.