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Investigate West: SENATOR: TO HELP ORCAS AND SALMON, SEAWALLS SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT

Investigate West: SENATOR: TO HELP ORCAS AND SALMON, SEAWALLS SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT

OLYMPIA – One year after Washington state lawmakers stiffened restrictions on shoreline “armor” that drew bitter opposition from the building industry, Democrats have put forward what amounts to a soft sell for softer shores on Puget Sound.

Legislation introduced last week would require Sound-side homeowners to consider fish-friendly fixes before rebuilding aging concrete seawalls to protect their land from erosion. While no new penalties or standards would be created by the bill, the proposal has ...

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Chinook Observer: Takko: Climate-change planning bill unlikely to gain traction

Chinook Observer: Takko: Climate-change planning bill unlikely to gain traction

OLYMPIA — Legislation to make local governments tackle climate change got a rough reception in January from the Washington Farm Bureau and lobbyists representing cities and counties.

The mandate probably would inspire lawsuits, claiming cities and counties weren’t making their residents release less greenhouse gas, the lobbyists said. The Farm Bureau said many of their rural members must drive long distances.

The opposition likely scuttled the proposal. “There wasn’t a lot of ...

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Everett Herald: Push for new gun laws triggers passion at Senate hearing

Everett Herald: Push for new gun laws triggers passion at Senate hearing

OLYMPIA — Ira Moser of Snohomish and some friends are coming to the state Capitol a lot lately to talk about one subject: guns.

They’re gun owners. They’re concerned lawmakers may impose new restrictions on them and their firearms.

So they showed up Monday for a two-hour Senate committee hearing on bills limiting the capacity of gun magazines, requiring training for those with concealed weapon licenses, and imposing longer ...

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Q13: Washington state senators hear testimony for gun control bills

Q13: Washington state senators hear testimony for gun control bills

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Lawmakers in Olympia are back in full-swing debating gun control reforms. Monday morning, the Senate Law & Justice Committee heard public testimony for several bills.

Senate Bill 6077 would prohibit any person in Washington state from manufacturing, possessing, distributing, importing, transferring, selling, or purchasing “large-capacity magazines.”

Exceptions include people who already own such magazines, as well as law enforcement officers. The bill defines “large-capacity magazines” as “an ammunition feeding device ...

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Everett Herald: Inslee keeps it simple in final State of the State this term

Everett Herald: Inslee keeps it simple in final State of the State this term

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee pressed lawmakers Tuesday to show greater resolve in reducing the number of unsheltered people and to advance the fight against climate change by passing a clean fuel standard.

Inslee focused on those priorities in his State of the State address, a reflection of their importance to him and the political limits for one’s agenda in a 60-day legislative session in an election year.

Neither ...

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Everett Herald: Lawmakers chew the fat with civic leaders in session warm-up

Everett Herald: Lawmakers chew the fat with civic leaders in session warm-up

EVERETT — Funding transportation, addressing homelessness, expanding early learning and combating climate change are among the topics lawmakers predict will consume their attention in the upcoming legislative session. That’s the message six delivered Friday to civic officials, community leaders and business owners at the 2020 legislative kick-off sponsored by Economic Alliance Snohomish County. The two-hour event drew roughly 120 people to the Jackson Center at Everett Community College. The session begins Jan. 13 and is slated to last 60 days. One task will ...

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