Shauna Sowersby, Bellingham Herald

Shauna Sowersby

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Past articles by Shauna:

New laws move up Washington’s presidential primary and improve voting access for tribes

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs into law a bill that increases voting access for Native American tribes and another that moves the state’s presidential primary from a May to a March election. → Read More

Washington misses chance to streamline moves for out-of-state nurses, some experts say

A Senate bill that would have permitted Washington to join 31 states in the Nursing Licensure Compact died in committee. It would have made it easier for out-of-state nurses to transfer. → Read More

Tenants would have more time to pay late rent under Senate bill. Landlords want fairness

A controversial bill in the Washington Legislature would give tenants more time to pay late rent and provide other protections. Landlords say they want to be considered in new affordable housing laws. → Read More

Bill would prohibit authorities from ticketing homeless people for sleeping on sidewalks

A bill in the Washington Legislature would prohibit cities and counties from giving citations to homeless people who sleep on sidewalks or camp in public. The bill would codify a ruling from the 9th Circuit. → Read More

Fight over vaccines hits Capitol as lawmakers consider restricting exemptions

Washington state lawmakers are debating a bill that would restrict vaccine exemptions, including for MMR. The action comes as a measles outbreak is ongoing. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke against the bill. → Read More

Fish and Wildlife could see expanded powers under one proposal to help save orcas

The Washington Legislature has introduced a bill that aims to increase the population of killer whales’ preferred food: chinook salmon. It would also expand the authority of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. → Read More

Hairstylists by the thousands balk at proposed tax plan introduced at state Legislature

Hairstylists from across Washington gathered in Olympia to speak against a bill that would require all salons to pay the same B&O tax rate. Opponents say the bill favors corporate owners over independent shops. → Read More

Plastic bags, straws could be banned statewide under bills introduced in Washington Legislature

In an effort to minimize ocean pollution, Washington state might soon follow the example of several of its cities, including Tacoma and Gig Harbor, by banning plastic straws and bags. → Read More