Cameron Sheppard

State requires sex ed, takes gun safety measures, bans free plastic bags

At the end of the state legislative session this month, lawmakers had passed nearly 400 bills — averaging at least five new laws per day… Continue reading


Governor unveils plans to help workers, renters and small businesses amid COVID-19 outbreak

Inslee predicts continued economic hardship during response to coronavirus


Senate, House dispute kills data privacy bill

Chambers passed their own versions of same bill but couldn’t agree on details


Legislature passes tax exemption extension for private plane alteration, repair work

Legislative audit suggests the exemptions helped promote economic development

Protest grows over legislature’s sex education directive

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Despite the governor’s warning to avoid crowds in the wake of the coronavirus, hundreds of concerned parents and residents… Continue reading

Legislature promotes timber industry as carbon-negative

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Washington state lawmakers have passed legislation that will align the timber and forestry sector with the state’s carbon emission… Continue reading

Vice President arrives with federal health experts to ‘epicenter’ of U.S. coronavirus outbreak

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service On the day Washington state recorded its 11th death from the COVID-19 virus, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in… Continue reading

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Public health officials asked the Washington State Legislature for $100 million for a coordinated response to the coronavirus outbreak… Continue reading

Senate Republicans propose alternative solutions to Washington’s homelessness crisis

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Republican senators pitched their own ideas to address Washington state’s homelessness crisis following the supplemental budgets unveiled by Democratic… Continue reading

Senators balance transportation budget despite revenue shortfall caused by I-976

Lawmakers warn that new revenue streams will be necessary for future sustainability.

Senate Democrats propose $5 million to help businesses disrupted by coronavirus fears

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service A last-minute amendment to the senate Democratic Caucus supplemental operating budget earmarks $5 million to help businesses negatively impacted… Continue reading

GOP leadership doubts effectiveness of proposed homelessness spending

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Republican leaders in Washington state said they are not confident that spending on homelessness proposed by the Democrats will… Continue reading

Economic growth adds money to state coffers, and Democratic lawmakers have uses for it

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Democratic caucuses in the house and senate rolled out separate spending plans that include hundreds of millions of dollars… Continue reading

Parents and teachers express concerns over mandatory sex ed

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Parents, students and educational professionals voiced their concerns in a public hearing about a bill that would mandate comprehensive… Continue reading

Extension of tax exemption for private airplane work approved by Senate

Proponents say the bill incentivizes work opportunity that would not occur otherwise.

Lawmakers flinch on proposed ban of for-profit detention facilities

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Washington state lawmakers elected to prohibit the transfer of inmates to out-of-state private prisons, except for specific reasons, after… Continue reading

Narrow Senate vote approves collection of gun violence data

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service The Washington Legislature is closer to creating an Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention to collect data on… Continue reading

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