News Releases

Measure would allow creation of health sciences and services authority   A bill prime-sponsored by Rep. Norm Johnson would have widespread health care and economic benefits for Yakima County and the...

Feb. 18, 2009

  The House Ecology and Parks Committee passed House Bill 1819 today, the so-called cap and trade legislation. Rep. Shelly Short, the ranking Republican on the committee, called the bill a...

Feb. 17, 2009

Residents encouraged to speak up on expensive, liberty-killing bill     Citing the complex maze of new tax policies and schemes, driving restrictions and land use provisions that could be created...

Feb. 16, 2009

6th District Reps. Driscoll and Parker want action this session   Legislation to improve the deadly intersection at US 195 and Spokane Cheney Road was introduced today in the state House....

Feb. 16, 2009

  With all Republican members voting no, the state House Judiciary Committee approved legislation Feb. 12 that would broaden domestic partnership rights in Washington. The measure (HB 1727) would give same-sex...

Feb. 16, 2009

Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, introduced his first bill even before he was sworn-in as state representative on Jan. 12. Today, he watched as the bill was approved by the House of...

Feb. 13, 2009

  Today the governor announced Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, would become the new director for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Rep. Bruce Chandler, his seatmate in the 15th District, had...

Feb. 13, 2009

Editor’s Note: A link to the committee hearing is included at the bottom.   Several small businesses from around the state testified on House Bill 1896, which would create an essential...

Feb. 12, 2009

Last night about 200 people gathered to discuss ideas and solutions to prevent collisions at the intersection of Cheney-Spokane Road and Highway 195, where a young woman was killed three weeks...

Feb. 11, 2009

This week Rep. Norma Smith introduced two pieces of legislation that seek to strengthen penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol convictions.

Feb. 10, 2009