Everett Herald
Lawmakers OK limit on sale of high-capacity ammo magazines

OLYMPIA — It will soon be illegal in Washington to make, sell or distribute a firearm magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The state House on Friday passed Senate Bill 5078 to restrict large-capacity magazines on a 55-42 vote following an emotion-filled four-hour debate. No Republicans supported the bill, while two … READ MORE

Edmonds Beacon
More time is needed for rental evictions | Guest View

Imagine getting a notice in the mail that your rent, probably your largest monthly expense, is going up 10%, 20%, 50%, or even more, and you have just 60 days to figure out what to do. Will you get a second job? Cancel your health insurance? Find a new place to live in one of … READ MORE

Bill Would Force State Agency to Improve Access to Services or Stop Cutting Off Benefits

When the pandemic shut down in-person offices across the state in March 2020, the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) was no exception; the department, which administers state benefits ranging from direct cash assistance to food stamps, shuttered all 181 of its local offices and began offering services only online or over the phone. In … READ MORE

Everett Herald
Editorial: Retain Peterson, Ortiz-Self for 21st LD, House

Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, is challenged by Democrat Gant Diede of Everett and Republican Brian Thompson of Edmonds. Peterson, who owns an Edmonds restaurant and cheese shop and previously served on the Edmonds City Council, is running for his fourth two-year House term. He is challenged by Diede, a mechanic at Boeing who also is … READ MORE

The Seattle Times
The Times recommends: Strom Peterson for the 21st Legislative District, Position 1

State Rep. Strom Peterson’s pragmatic legislative record and experience as a local government official and retail business owner make him the best candidate to return to Olympia for a daunting task. The Edmonds Democrat is running for his fourth term representing the 21st Legislative District, which includes Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds and Everett.

Everett Herald
Need a bag? Your choices may soon be paper or thick plastic

Washington is on the cusp of outlawing thin plastic carry-out bags and promoting paper bags as an alternative. A bill imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags is on its way to Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure, if signed, would preempt similar prohibitions in force in four cities in Snohomish County.

Bill to ban solitary confinement as punishment for juveniles passes in state Legislature

A bill to ban solitary confinement as a punitive practice for juveniles has passed in the state Legislature. The legislation was requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who reported studies have shown solitary confinement to be both emotionally and psychologically damaging for youth. Solitary confinement can also worsen stress and other mental conditions.