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Earlier this month, the governor announced vaccination requirements for most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers. Last week, he announced further vaccination requirements for employees working in K-12, most childcare and early learning, and higher education, as well as...
Law enforcement reform House and Senate Republicans recently called for a special session to fix some bad police reform bills approved during the 2021 session. Unfortunately, these bills have overshadowed other good, bipartisan policing measures that were also approved. Two bills in particular are...
As Washington state and the rest of the world continues to process through the COVID pandemic, governors throughout our nation – Republicans and Democrats – have utilized their offices and authorities in a variety of ways. In Washington state, the Emergency Powers Act (RCW 43.06.220) authorizes...
The Legislature recently completed its hybrid session in Olympia on April 25 as scheduled. It consisted primarily of Zoom meetings and conference calls with some work completed in-person. It was a busy time for me as I continued as the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee’s ranking...
The Legislature adjourned the 2021 session without addressing one of the most pressing issues before us – emergency powers reform. Washington state law allows the governor to waive or suspend laws, decide what is essential and prohibit certain activities. The executive branch needs the ability to...
The Opportunity for All Coalition filed a lawsuit today to overturn the new income tax on capital gains (SB 5096). This is the second lawsuit to be filed against the tax. The plaintiffs are April Clayton (Red Apple Orchards), Kevin and Renee Bouchey (former owners S.K.D. Farms, Inc), Joanna Cable...
Have you ever gone to the fridge and decided to mix spices and other ingredients into a leftover worthy of same? It’s my version of pasta fazul (kind of an Italian goulash). The recipe is a lot like life, a lot like Forrest Gumps’ box of chocolates calling for answers to: To caraway or not to...
The Coronavirus pandemic may be the perfect time for the United States to embark on a long overdue reform of the education system, both public and private. It is simply because this is the first time in modern history, even predating the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 100 years ago, that the country...
A year ago this month the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) coordinated a statewide plague response drill to test its network for delivering medicine and supplies to Washington’s 35 health departments and districts. The five-day operation - called T-REX for Transportation Relay...
A year ago this month the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) coordinated a statewide plague response drill to test its network for delivering medicine and supplies to Washington’s 35 health departments and districts. The five-day operation - called T-REX for Transportation Relay Exercise...

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