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Inslee signs police accountability legislative package

Inslee signs police accountability legislative package

(OLYMPIA)- According to a press release, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a dozen bills today that will improve accountability for law enforcement in Washington state, and will create the nation’s strongest police accountability system. The governor, joined by community members and families of those impacted, signed the bills at the Eastside Community Center in Tacoma. The governor signed legislation that will create an Office of Independent Investigations that reports to the governor, prohibit certain uses of force and will require more thorough oversight requirements for hiring and for reporting misconduct. “The crises of the past year have unmasked long-standing     (read more)

Inslee signs climate change legislative package

Inslee signs climate change legislative package

(OLYMPIA)- According to a press release, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Climate Commitment Act, environmental justice legislation, a clean fuels standard and bills related to reducing Washington’s single-use plastic waste and hydrofluorocarbon pollution. The governor also vetoed sections “We’ve got a heck of a job to do in the years to come. Our climate commitment, made by our legislature in 2020, is to cut climate pollution by over 50% in the next nine years, on our pathway to net-zero climate pollution by 2050. It won’t be easy, but these bills go a long ways to getting us there,” Inslee     (read more)

Everyone 12 and older now eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Wednesday evening officially expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 12 years of age and older. Individuals 12 years of age and older can access the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at vaccine provider locations across Washington State. On Monday, May 10, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) amendment to expand the Pfizer vaccine to people 12 years and older. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup then voted on Wednesday, May 12 to recommend the vaccine for immediate use. In March, Pfizer announced findings from     (read more)

Guemes Island Ferry peak season sailing schedule starts Friday, May 14

(ANACORTES)- According to a news release, in order to keep the Guemes Island Ferry sailing schedule consistent throughout the haul-out, the peak season sailing schedule will go in to effect on Friday, May 14. Peak season usually starts May 20; therefore, the peak season fares will go in to effect May 20 as regularly scheduled. The Guemes Island Ferry haul-out will be May 14 through June 12. During this time a passenger-only ferry will be operating. Pre-purchasing a walk-on punch card offers a convenient and no-contact way to pay. The 25-trip punch cards are good for one year from purchase date. They also offer     (read more)

Transportation Commission to discuss road usage charging and ferry fare changes

(OLYMPIA)– According to a news release, current research on road usage charging as a means of transportation revenue and the next steps in the ferry fare setting process are among the topics the Washington State Transportation Commission will cover at its virtual meeting next week. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, May 18, and Wednesday, May 19. Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Zoom Webinar. People interested in attending can register on the commission’s website. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw     (read more)