Category Archives: News Release

03 Feb
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Van De Wege bill would reform salmon fishing methods

Legislation heard today by the Senate Ways & Means Committee would overhaul outdated state laws governing methods for catching salmon. “Our restrictions on fishing methods are badly in need of updating,” said Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim). “Improvements to ...

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21 Jan
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Van De Wege bill would bring consistency to emergency dispatching

Public safety would be enhanced by establishing certification and training standards for emergency dispatchers, under legislation heard today by the Senate State Government & Elections Committee. “Right now, standards and practices vary across the state,” said Sen. Kevin Van De ...

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20 Jan
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Van De Wege bill would extend Public Records Act to state’s courts

All courts and offices in the state’s judicial branch would be subject to the same open records laws as the rest of Washington government, under legislation scheduled to be heard Friday by the Senate State Government & Elections Committee. Until ...

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18 Jan
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Van De Wege bill would limit cougar hunting with dogs

Using dogs to hunt or pursue black bears, cougars or bobcats would be allowed only with the authorization of the state Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), under legislation heard today by the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks ...

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13 Jan
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Van De Wege seeks improvements to police accountability laws

Police accountability laws passed in 2021 would be improved in several areas by legislation introduced early this legislative session by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim). “Every year the Legislature passes laws that wind up getting adjusted and updated with ...

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29 Nov
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Van De Wege , Chapman, Wellman cry foul on Seattle crosswalk cameras

A trio of state lawmakers is uneasy that their constituents and other visitors to Seattle might unknowingly be recorded on camera violating a new law unlike any traffic laws outside the city limits. Beginning Jan. 1, Seattle will install cameras ...

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13 May
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Van De Wege bill to allow lower-cost generic drugs becomes law

Costly prescription drugs could become available to Washingtonians in the form of far less expensive generic products, thanks to legislation signed into law Wednesday by the governor. “It’s common knowledge that Americans pay far more for everyday prescription drugs than ...

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03 May
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It’s the law: Van De Wege bill bans destructive seabed mining

Seabed mining, a growing industry that destroys natural habitat to extract minerals and deposits from the ocean floor, is prohibited in offshore Washington waters by legislation signed into law today by the governor. “This will ensure that our offshore habitat ...

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26 Apr
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Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds takes effect

Effective immediately, grants to boost the state’s salmon population are exempt from sales and B&O taxes. Senate Bill 5220, which took effect upon being signed today by the governor, codifies that nonprofits do not need to pay sales-and-use tax on ...

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09 Apr
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Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds passes House

Legislation passed unanimously today by the House will ensure that grants to boost the state’s salmon population cannot be subjected to sales or B&O taxes. Senate Bill 5220, which already passed the Senate, codifies that nonprofits do not need to ...

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