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Washington Passed its Cap-and-Trade Climate Legislation. Now What?

Washington Passed its Cap-and-Trade Climate Legislation. Now What?

SEATTLE—Washington state lawmakers have passed a sweeping set of environmental regulations meant to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 while pumping billions of dollars into the state coffers and addressing environmental racism.
You can read the full U.S.News & World Report story here.
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The Seattle Times: Strike deal for infrastructure, environment and jobs

The Seattle Times: Strike deal for infrastructure, environment and jobs

By The Seattle Times editorial board

Difficult times such as these can present extraordinary opportunities. With vision and creativity, Washington lawmakers can tackle the state’s daunting transportation infrastructure and make headway on reducing carbon emissions. And they could help drive the state’s economic recovery.

The case is strong just for infrastructure investment. Though the state hiked gas taxes to pay for the ...

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Crosscut: Washington climate activists disagree about how to cut carbon

Crosscut: Washington climate activists disagree about how to cut carbon

Competing efforts to enact landmark climate change legislation have fractured the state’s environmental coalition and Olympia’s all-powerful Democratic caucus, with some activists arguing that the proposal pushed by Gov. Jay Inslee shortchanges minority and low-income communities.

Questions of equity and trust have prompted a prominent environmental-justice coalition to oppose a cap-and-trade bill requested by Inslee. The Washington Climate Commitment Act, which ...

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Senate passes SB 5062 -- The Data Privacy Act

Senate passes SB 5062 -- The Data Privacy Act

Sen. Reuven Carlyle explains the need for his Data Privacy Act legislation Wednesday in a floor speech immediately prior to its passage by the Senate on a 48-1 vote. You can watch the speech here.

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Hackers Seized on the Pandemic. Some States Are Fighting Back.

Hackers Seized on the Pandemic. Some States Are Fighting Back.

Washington is working to strengthen our approach to cybersecurity to protect the public’s vital information.  You can read about it here.

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Join us Thursday to discuss the 2021 legislative session

Join us Thursday to discuss the 2021 legislative session

Join your 36th Legislative District lawmakers for a "remote" town hall meeting on the major issues of the 2021 legislative session! Your citizen legislature has been considering action on a variety of issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and the environment, consumer data privacy, behavioral health, housing affordability, the state's upside-down tax structure, and many other important issues that impact ...

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Why Washington state could finally pass data privacy laws with a bill backed by the tech industry

Why Washington state could finally pass data privacy laws with a bill backed by the tech industry

Geekwire reports today that "Washington state will once again try to pass data privacy regulations akin to Europe and California’s laws this year— and the third time could be the charm, according to Reuven Carlyle, the state senator who has sponsored the legislation for three years running." You can read the full story here.

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