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The Seattle Times: Washington traffic safety is ‘a crisis that we can’t ignore,’ lawmakers say

The Seattle Times: Washington traffic safety is ‘a crisis that we can’t ignore,’ lawmakers say

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, alongside Gov. Jay Inslee, pledged Thursday to throw their weight behind solving Washington’s traffic safety crisis, a show of bipartisan solidarity that the legislators said reflected the urgency of the need. The event at the state Capitol was billed as a Democratic unveiling of safety-themed legislation, but Republican transportation leaders joined as well, standing beside law enforcement, construction workers and family members of people killed on the roads.

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Everett Herald: Lawmakers prepare for first in-person session since 2020

Everett Herald: Lawmakers prepare for first in-person session since 2020

OLYMPIA — Washington’s 147 citizen legislators return to the state Capitol on Monday for the 2023 session. Their return is kind of a big deal. Most everything got transacted virtually the past two years. Only in the final days of last session did the House and Senate allow a limited number of masked lawmakers to participate from their regular seats on the floor.

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Crosscut: Transit users 18 and younger ride free under new WA program

Crosscut: Transit users 18 and younger ride free under new WA program

Washingtonians 18 and under soon won’t have to pay to use public transit across most — if not all — of Washington state. In March, the Legislature approved $3 billion in additional money for transit that  will roll out over the next 16 years. But about half of the money comes with a specific condition attached: Transit agencies must let people 18 and under board buses and trains  free.

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Lynnwood Times: New multimodal $79.4 million Swift Orange Bus Rapid Transit line breaks ground in Lynnwood

Lynnwood Times: New multimodal $79.4 million Swift Orange Bus Rapid Transit line breaks ground in Lynnwood

Sticking with its mission to “help people get from where they are to where they want to be,” Community Transit, joined by federal and community partners, held its groundbreaking ceremony for the new Swift Orange Line at the Lynnwood Transit and Community Center today. “We want to provide a place for people to work, to learn, to play…,” Mayor Christine Frizzell told the Lynnwood Times when asked on the importance of today’s milestone. “It has taken hundreds of people, decades to get ...

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The Stand: It just got much easier to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Stand: It just got much easier to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced a series of improvements to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which is designed to give student debt relief to borrowers who work full time in public service. The program, which originated in 2018, was roundly criticized for rejecting nearly 99 percent of applicants under the Trump administration. But with the new changes, which were spurred by a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of ...

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My Edmonds News: Edmonds’ Highway 99 revitalization project receives $22.5 million from state

My Edmonds News: Edmonds’ Highway 99 revitalization project receives $22.5 million from state

The City of Edmonds’ Highway 99 revitalization project will receive $22.5 million through the Move Ahead Washington transportation bill that was recently passed by the Washington State Legislature. The bill was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 25. “This package brings long overdue investments to our most diverse and most underserved residents,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “It will fund the second phase of our multiphase transportation improvements along the entire Edmonds Highway 99 corridor.” Nelson offered thanks to 21st District ...

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Bainbridge Review: Inslee set to ban high-capacity gun magazines

Bainbridge Review: Inslee set to ban high-capacity gun magazines

Since September 2016 state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has been working toward implementing gun reform that would prevent acts like the Mukilteo mass shooting on July 30, 2016. Now, a ban on high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds is on its way to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for his approval. If signed, the bill would go into effect July 1. It makes manufacturing, importing, distributing and selling large-capacity magazines a gross misdemeanor. “Today is the fulfillment of years of hard ...

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KIRO 7: Sales of high-capacity magazines brisk as bill banning them heads to Governor’s desk

KIRO 7: Sales of high-capacity magazines brisk as bill banning them heads to Governor’s desk

Business is brisk at this local gun shop, three days after a historic vote banning the sale of high-capacity magazines in our state.

The legislation cleared the Washington State Senate last Friday and is now headed to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk.

The bill bans all gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, making Washington State the 10th state to do so.

There is now a big demand for ...

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