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Democrat Frank Chopp has had the speaker title since 1999, and he says he’s not retiring this year.
Senator Kevin Ranker says the orca population in Puget Sound is down to 83, the lowest it had ever been.
The bipartisan effort is intended to send a message to the other Washington while creating opportunities for young immigrants.
The bill would expand an existing law that takes guns from perpetrators of domestic violence.
The vast majority of the state’s tax exemptions benefit businesses.
More than 100 were on hand to lobby state government on issues including the welfare of indigenous women and children, and a planned liquified natural gas facility in Tacoma.
The bill has support from Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
The march, which is timed to the anniversary of Roe v Wade, took place as legislators considered bills that would broaden access to abortion services.
The hearing attracted passionate testimony from both sides of the issue.
One Senate bill would prohibit internet service providers from exercising “deceptive” tactics and impairing or blocking legal web content.
Democratic lawmakers are hopeful that this is the year for the Reproductive Parity Act.