Cameron Sheppard

Lawmakers aim to make childcare more accessible and easier to certify

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tom Dent, says regulations are hurting the workforce

 

House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Courts could be one step closer to ordering people subject to vulnerable adult protection orders to surrender their firearms… Continue reading

 

House lawmakers pass bill to ban expansion of ICE detention center in Tacoma

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service The state House of Representatives voted 85-12 on a bill that would ban the expansion of an Immigration Customs… Continue reading

 

Governor signs into law tax bill to help fund higher education

Law shifts a portion of the tax burden to large tech companies

Lawmakers propose cap and trade amid continued push for an emission-reduction policy

Proponents point to California as an example of successful cap and trade program

Legislators consider eliminating advisory votes from ballots

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Advisory votes that give voters a chance to let lawmakers know their opinions on legislation to increase taxes may… Continue reading

Lawmakers consider a grow-your-own recreational marijuana bill

1 percent reduction in marijuana bud sales could cost state $2 million in revenues

Gun rights advocate warns crowd of the potential need for forceful resistance in the future at gathering outside House of Representatives chamber. Photo by Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Service

Armed 2nd Amendment supporters rallied in resistance at Capitol

Protesters demand to speak with lawmakers, ask for due process for embattled Rep. Matt Shea

Gun rights advocate warns crowd of the potential need for forceful resistance in the future at gathering outside House of Representatives chamber. Photo by Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Service

Democratic controlled house passes clean fuels bill despite bipartisan opposition

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service People will be asked to use a lot less gasoline and to convert to alternative clean fuels in the… Continue reading

Lawmakers back timber industry as way to reduce state’s carbon emissions

Forestry advocates: 8 million acres of private forests offset 12 percent of state’s carbon emissions

Democrats push to require firearm training for concealed carriers

A proposal by Senate Democrats would require concealed pistol license applicants to complete a safety course. Senate Bill 6294 would require conceal-carry permit holders to… Continue reading

Lawmakers aim to put sweeping regulations on the vaping industry

Legislation requested by the governor’s office and supported by Democratic senators aims to ban flavored nicotine vaping products and impose sweeping regulations on the vaping… Continue reading

Lawmakers hear pitch to replace gas tax with a fee per mile driven

Transportation officials recommend 10-year transition away from gas tax

Senate passes bill requiring comprehensive sex-ed in public schools

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service A proposed law to require school districts to implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum emphasizing healthy relationships and consent… Continue reading

PHOTO: New House speaker makes history

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, is applauded by her colleagues on Jan. 13 as she becomes the first woman in Washington state history to serve as… Continue reading

Republicans aim to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hang-up

As Initiative 976, the car tabs measure approved by voters in November, is held up in the State Supreme Court, Republican legislators have proposed laws… Continue reading

Gun rights advocates rally at Capitol

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service On what turned out to be a cold and rainy day, nearly 150 people from across Washington state gathered… Continue reading

Industry leaders worry clean-fuel program could hurt economy

Proponents believe clean-fuel program would incentivize necessary switch to green economy

Legislators propose free use of state parks

Residents and visitors will get a break if lawmakers approve a proposal to do away with Discover Pass fees for using state parks. Senate Minority… Continue reading