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Diaper changing stations for dads proposed

OLYMPIA - Diaper changing stations traditionally were placed only in women's bathrooms, and Alexandra Johnson, a mother of two from Snoqualmie, thinks that should change. “What are the …

Mandatory process proposed to review complaints about school library books

OLYMPIA - A mandatory process to guide school districts should be required when protests erupt over books that deal candidly with sexual preferences and gender identity. While proponents of that …

Survivors speak out against child marriage

OLYMPIA - Twenty women sporting wedding gowns and lustrous veils, with chains around their wrists and tape over their mouths, gathered in protest of Washington State law that allows children to be …

Students push bill to bring overdose-reversal drug to all schools

OLYMPIA - Concerned about drug overdoses among teenagers, Lake Washington High School seniors Theodore Meek, Joanna Lymberis, Olivia Milstein, Sofia Lymberis, and Reilly Jones transformed a school …

Genocide education bill sparks high emotions in hearing

OLYMPIA - As they waited to tell the stories of loved ones lost to genocide, people waiting to testify held hands between armrests. Few showed smiles. Almost every seat in the hearing room was …

End to daylight saving time in the sights of “Ditch the Switch” advocates

OLYMPIA - Washingtonians may lose their cherished ultra-late-night sunsets in the summer if Washington state opts for permanent Pacific Standard Time (PST). "If Congress had acted, we would not …

The legislative session is approaching its halfway point

The Washington State Legislature’s scheduled 60-day session is progressing smoothly. My colleagues and I are approaching the halfway point of session. Senators will spend the majority of time …

Trump to stay on primary ballot

OLYMPIA - It was still dark outside when people with MAGA hats and anti-Trump signs gathered outside the entrance of the Thurston County Courthouse on Jan. 18. A court filing that would push …

Tribal members confront fentanyl crisis

OLYMPIA - Tribal members in Washington State are four times more likely to overdose and die on opioids than the state average, and advocates are pushing for state programs to address the crisis. …

Demand for affordable homes near transit hubs faces hurdles, critics say

OLYMPIA - Washington cities could soon be required to block off zones near public transit for multifamily housing if new regulations are approved by the state Legislature. Some regulation is …

OLYMPIA - Following the concerns over police brutality in 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Attorney General’s office to form an Office of Independent Investigations to take on cases of death …

AG Ferguson files lawsuit to stop Kroger-Albertson merger worth $24.6 billion

OLYMPIA - Kroger and Albertsons claim a proposed merger worth $24.6 billion will result in better prices for grocery shoppers, but many fear food prices will go up and jobs could be lost as the …

Newhouse building rises on Olympia’s capitol campus

OLYMPIA - Facing health and safety hazards and experiencing overcrowding, in May 2023 the original Irving R. Newhouse Building on the capitol campus in Olympia was entirely demolished and …

Shift to even-year local elections proposed to boost voter turnout

OLYMPIA - Low turnouts for local elections are leading some to advocate for moving those contests to even numbered years alongside national races. “Young people are part of the communities …

Task force proposed to study impacts of artificial intelligence

OLYMPIA - Some fear Artificial Intelligence (AI) might open a dark chapter to a dystopian future. Others say the progress it promises is virtually unlimited. To find a balance among those …

2024 Legislative Session Preview

For legislators, the time of year is quickly approaching to gather in Olympia for the annual process of discussing, debating, and updating state laws. The Washington State Legislature convenes …

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