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Chronicle Journal: Lawmakers in Alaska and Washington state push B.C. on mining regulations

Chronicle Journal: Lawmakers in Alaska and Washington state push B.C. on mining regulations

A story in the Chronicle Journal of Vancouver, B.C., details the efforts of Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline) to protect environmental health by making sure B.C.'s mining regulations require companies to arrange a full financial bond for existing and proposed mines that could affect shared waterways. You can read the full story here.

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My Edmonds News: Edmonds man helps push through state bill requiring closed-captions in public spaces

My Edmonds News: Edmonds man helps push through state bill requiring closed-captions in public spaces

One key bill sponsored this year by Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline) drew strong support from the Washington State Communication Access Project for the value of its public accommodations to deaf people. You can read the full story here.

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MLT News: State capital budget includes $3.2 million for MLT projects

MLT News: State capital budget includes $3.2 million for MLT projects

The City of Mountlake Terrace said it has been notified that the State Legislature’s final capital budget includes over $3.2 million in funding for Mountlake Terrace projects. Among the projects included are Main Street Revitalization Phase 2 (56th Avenue), Ballinger Park’s Hall Creek Restoration, Ballinger Park Viewing Platform and Nature Trails, Evergreen Playfield Infield Turf and Lights, and Evergreen Tennis Courts Restoration. The city attributed the inclusion to the support and partnership with the representatives from the state’s 1st Legislative District including Sen. Derek ...

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Crosscut: How fired cops win their jobs back: arbitration

Crosscut: How fired cops win their jobs back: arbitration

Backup was only about a minute away. But by the time it arrived, Centralia Police Officer Phil Reynolds had already used his Taser three times on a handcuffed suspect in the back of his patrol car. Two days later, Reynolds used his stun gun on another suspect, with one of the deployments lasting 44 seconds, nearly nine times as long as the standard Taser cycle. An internal review found four other incidents where Reynolds used his Taser in ways that violated department ...

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Vancouver Sun: Washington lawmakers, conservationists push B.C. on mining regulations

Vancouver Sun: Washington lawmakers, conservationists push B.C. on mining regulations

(Photo: Copper Mountain Mine near Princeton. PHOTO BY HANDOUT /PNG) A group of Washington state legislators is calling on Premier John Horgan to better protect the headwaters of cross-border rivers from the threat of pollution from mining in British Columbia. The 25 state senators and house representatives, led by Senator Jesse Salomon, sent a letter to Horgan last week urging the premier to “undertake needed reforms to improve British Columbia’s financial assurance system,” related to mine reclamation and cleanup. “We’re just ...

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Wenatchee World: Senate passes carbon cap after debate on green energy, transportation

Wenatchee World: Senate passes carbon cap after debate on green energy, transportation

OLYMPIA — A controversial statewide cap on carbon emissions scraped through the Legislature in a 25-24 vote late April 8 after lawmakers passed a Climate Commitment Act that majority Democrats say will boost the state’s economy and address a looming climate problem.
“It’s good for our grandchildren’s children,” Sen. Reuven Carlyle, the bill’s sponsor, told the Senate during a six-hour debate on the bill.
The program is estimated to cost $27.3 million and will likely bring in $228.5 million ...

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AP: Activists want change to debt-based license suspension bill

AP: Activists want change to debt-based license suspension bill

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawmakers in Washington state are moving ahead with a bill that aims to end the suspension of driver’s licenses for failure to pay traffic tickets — despite opposition from some of the activists who pushed for the change in the first place. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and other groups say it’s important to stop arresting and prosecuting people for so-called “driving while poor,” but that an amendment added just before the measure passed ...

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Crosscut: WA looks to end driver’s license suspensions over unpaid debt

Crosscut: WA looks to end driver’s license suspensions over unpaid debt

From 2014 to 2019, Michelle McClendon was without a driver’s license after she could not afford to pay a parking ticket she incurred while living out of her Toyota Camry. She also could not afford to be relicensed, so when public transit could not get McClendon to school, work or the grocery store, she would take a chance driving without a license.

She would pray on her way to work, asking in her words that “the universe be gracious” to her. ...

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