Emma Epperly

Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, new spending

The Washington State Legislature adjourned minutes before its midnight deadline on Sunday, April 28, ending its 105-day session on time for the first time since… Continue reading


Nursing bill passed with controversial measures eliminated

8-hour shift limit amendment by Maureen Walsh removed in reconciliation


The Legislature’s 2019 hits and misses

The 2019 legislative session began Jan. 14 and is scheduled to end on April 28, if the operation, transportation, and capital budget all pass the… Continue reading


Personal objection will no longer exempt children from school vaccinations

Lawmakers aim to stop the ongoing measles outbreak with passage of bill

Senate passes bill to remove the personal exemption to the measles vaccine

Lawmakers aim to stop the ongoing measles outbreak with passage of bill

Gov. Inslee signs felon voting rights legislation

Bill clearly outlines process for felons to regain their voting rights

Daylight saving time year round passes Senate

Legislation to make daylight saving time the year-round standard passed the Senate Tuesday evening, April 16, in a bipartisan 46-2 vote. The bill would put… Continue reading

Legislation to reduce rape kit processing times heads to governor

A bill to reduce the processing time for sexual assault kits passed the Washington legislature in two unanimous votes. Sexual Assault Kits have remained untested… Continue reading

Woman on a 17-day hunger strike to save the Southern Resident Orcas

Lanni Johnson on a hunger strike in front of the Washington State Capitol building

Senate passes amended operating budget; negotiations begin

Negotiations between House, Senate begin with session scheduled to end April 28

Senate Democrats roll out budget, accompanying ‘Fix Our Tax Code’ plan

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The Senate Democrats introduced their operating budget proposal on March 29 totaling $52.2 billion — an increase of… Continue reading

‘Ghost Gun’ bill moves to Senate committees, would make 3-D printed guns illegal

Undetectable and untraceable firearms and their creation would be illegal under proposed legislation. These types of firearms are being manufactured most commonly via 3-D printers… Continue reading

Bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 heads to governor to sign into law

18-year-olds will still be able to purchase tobacco products on tribal lands

Malicious harassment renamed hate crime in proposed legislation

Newly named hate crime offenses would let courts infer the offense was due to the perception of the victim’s association with a protected class, unless… Continue reading

House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes

Plan utilizes increase economic growth revenue to fund education

Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

A majority of school districts in Washington state say they need additional funding.

State revenue forecast shows a $554 million increase for 2019-21

Legislators have $554 million more to spend than originally projected for the next biennium, according to the March review released by the Economic and Revenue… Continue reading

Lawmakers consider extending eviction process timeline

Protecting tenant rights through increasing the length of eviction proceedings is part of eviction-reform legislation, currently in the state House of Representatives. The House Committee… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee signs Native American Voting Rights Act into law

Bill allows non-traditional addresses to be used for voter registration on tribal lands

School district bonds voting requirements to remain the same after Senate vote fails

School district bonds will still need 60 percent of the vote, after a Senate constitutional amendment this week failed to get the two-thirds vote required… Continue reading