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The Senate State Government and Elections Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5817, which would restrict usage of synthetic media “deep fakes” in campaigns for elective … more
Tumwater’s city council discussed whether the city-owned Tumwater Valley Golf Course is still worthy of funding amid its reported net loss in the past decade. During the Council's Tuesday … more
The House Public Safety Committee heard public testimony on House Bill 1848, concerning fraud in assisted reproduction. New phrase in this report: "Misattributed parentage." For more … more
The Senate Law & Justice Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5667, which would make falsifying, possessing or using forged COVID-19 vaccination cards illegal in the state of … more
Port of Olympia commissioners have authorized a probe into Commissioner Amy Evans’ conflict of interest linked to her role as a broker for real estate firm Kidder Matthews. In a meeting on … more
The House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee heard public testimony on Jan. 21, 2022, on HB1698, which would ban the use of latex gloves by food handlers. For more … more
The Senate Housing & Local Government Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 5818, which would promote housing construction by amending the state’s growth management act. The Senate … more
“Unwavering, Staggering” Military Spouse Unemployment Could Change After Pandemicby Julie Zack, The War Horse January 20, 2022 Shugart Lafleur’s spouse came home with an announcement: We’re … more
The Senate State Government & Elections Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5584, which would implement ranked choice voting in elections. more
The House Public Safety Committee heard testimony on HB 1788, concerning vehicular pursuits. Also heard was HB 1815, concerning deterrence of catalytic converter thefts. more
North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) will hold its first community forum this Wed., Jan. 19, to get insights on their plan to explore a “balanced calendar” for the upcoming school … more
The two chambers of the Washington State Legislature took time to remember the memory and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with speeches on both floors, on Jan. 17, 2022.  more
On Day 5 of the 2022 Legislative Session, the House Public Safety Committee heard public testimony on two bills concerning the issue of missing indigenous persons, House Bill 1571 and House Bill … more
During its work session last night, the Lacey City Council discussed a proposal to join Olympia in an interlocal agreement (ILA) to fund a study that would identify and assess the cost implications … more
On January 13, 2022, the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee heard testimony on SB 5600, concerning the sustainability and expansion of state registered apprenticeship programs. more
Newly elected to the Port of Olympia Commission, businessman Bob Iyall was selected by the other two commissioners to be the new Port of Olympia Chair during a special commission meeting on Wed., Jan … more
To the Editor:  A letter was sent to Port Commissioners on January 7, 2022 that calls for an investigation of the conflict of interest by recently-elected Port Commissioner Amy Evans.  A … more
 During its regular meeting on Tue., Jan. 11, the Olympia City Council agreed to have further discussions on staff’s plans to require “building electrification” for new and … more
The House Consumer Protection & Business Committee met on January 12 concerning HB1497 which would limit commercial telephone solicitation. Also heard was HB 1704, regulating service contracts … more
The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the Community January Forum today with some 200 local business leaders in attendance at the Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake. Four … more
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