Are legislators telling the truth about the controversial public records bill they just passed (SB 6617)? Not so much


Treasurer: Washington should put income boost toward debt

State Treasurer Duane Davidson says the money could go to repay a portion of the $21 billion the state has racked up in debt, making it the nation’s sixth-most indebted on a per-resident basis, according to S&P Global Ratings.

Ohio and Iowa Are the Latest of Eight States to Consider Anti-Protest Bills Aimed at Pipeline Opponents

Seattle NAACP official accused of cheating voucher program

The Seattle Times reports that false-reporting and attempted-theft charges were filed Wednesday against Sheley Secrest, an attorney and vice president of the local NAACP chapter.

A bill before lawmakers would outlaw concealed carry on private property

SB 6415, and its companion bill in the house, HB 2738, would make it unlawful for someone to carry a concealed firearm into another person’s home without expressed permission, even with a license to carry. A violation of the law would be a misdemeanor. Also, the bill proposes that if convicted, he or she would have their concealed pistol license revoked for five years.

Senator Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, the bill’s prime sponsor, said he brought the bill before lawmakers after hearing from a constituent named Suzanne Cofer who found a handgun left behind in her home after a get together.

Washington health insurance market in flux

According to data from the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, premiums are slated to increase in 2018 by roughly 34 percent, up from a 14 percent hike in 2017 and negligible changes in 2016 and 2015.

SB 6084 would establish a state-level individual mandate to replace the now-repealed federal version. As written, the legislation would exempt certain demographics, such as members of Native American tribes and undocumented immigrants.

SB 6062, which was requested by Commissioner Kreidler, would institute a state reinsurance program for healthcare providers who cover high-cost people. The legislation would take advantage of federal waivers established through the Affordable Care Act to finance the insurer reimbursements.