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AG Ferguson files brief supporting Seattle minimum wage law

Access Washington News - May 22, 2015 - 17:17

SEATTLE — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief supporting Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance in the case of International Franchise Association v. City of Seattle.

Unregistered contractor in Vancouver ordered to pay state $72,000-plus

Access Washington News - May 22, 2015 - 15:19

A Vancouver road paver who admitted he had no contractor's license nor insurance to cover injured workers has been sentenced to pay the state more than $72,000.

Preparing for oil spills in Clark, Cowlitz, and Lewis counties

Access Washington News - May 22, 2015 - 09:10
To keep up with the significant increase in the amount of oil transported through the inland areas of Washington, state planners recently completed a draft contingency plan outlining how responders would protect public safety and the environment if an oil spill occurs along the Interstate 5 corridor in Clark, Cowlitz, and southwestern Lewis counties. Read more....

Learn about emergency water permits at Thursday workshop

Access Washington News - May 22, 2015 - 09:10
Yakima Basin farmers who hold junior water rights and are seeking to tap into groundwater this irrigation season are invited to attend a workshop at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Washington Department of Ecology’s Central Regional Office, 15 W. Yakima Ave., in Yakima. Read more....

Attorney General Ferguson defends voter-enacted medical marijuana

Access Washington News - May 22, 2015 - 08:53

Argues upholding local bans reduces likelihood of federal scrutiny

SEATTLE — The Washington State Supreme Court this week agreed with an Attorney General’s Office “friend of the court” brief that local jurisdictions have the right to regulate or ban collective gardens.  

The office filed an amicus curiae brief in Cannabis Action Coalition v. City of Kent, where a medical marijuana advocacy group challenged the city’s ban on collective gardens.

On Thursday, the high court ruled in agreement with the Attorney General’s argument.

More than 750 Gather for Salmon Recovery Conference in Vancouver

Access Washington News - May 21, 2015 - 16:40
The sold-out conference brings together people who are working on projects and research to help at-risk salmon populations. Conference attendees will learn from each other about better ways to design and complete restoration projects and hear what the latest science is saying about recovering endangered salmon.

Permit to help control mosquitoes now updated

Access Washington News - May 21, 2015 - 14:00
Mosquitoes are the number one transmitter of diseases to people and animals worldwide. And spraying to control mosquitoes is an important tool that helps protect public health. Read more....

Port Gamble Bay cleanup starts soon - Meeting on May 27 focuses on work at key Puget Sound Initiative site

Access Washington News - May 21, 2015 - 12:30
A major cleanup project that starts this summer will dig up and remove decades-old contaminated sediments and other materials from Port Gamble Bay’s waters. Read more....

Youth workplace injuries on the increase as summer job season approaches

Access Washington News - May 21, 2015 - 11:59

More youth, age 17 and under, were injured at work in 2014 compared to the previous year. Overall data shows teens are twice as likely to be hurt on the job as adults.

Inslee announces appointment of Derek Sandison as director of state Department of Agriculture

Governor's Office - May 21, 2015 - 11:38

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he is appointing Derek Sandison as director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Inslee announces appointment of Derek Sandison as director of state Department of Agriculture

Access Washington News - May 21, 2015 - 11:38

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he is appointing Derek Sandison as director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

15-025 Public invited to celebrate June 5 reopening of Lyons Ferry State Park

Access Washington News - May 20, 2015 - 13:45
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) invite the public to a reopening celebration at Lyons Ferry State Park, along Highway 261 near Starbuck in Southeast Washington.

Cleanup proposed at Seattle cargo terminal - Port of Seattle would remove waterfront contamination

Access Washington News - May 20, 2015 - 10:30
The Port of Seattle would clean up decades-old pollution at a former fuel terminal on the Seattle waterfront under a proposed agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology. Read more....

OSPI Initiative Uses Data to Improve Equity in Discipline

Access Washington News - May 19, 2015 - 13:00
Washington state now has a clearer picture of how suspension and expulsion rates vary by student group, according to data shared by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) at today’s Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) meeting.