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Governor Inslee announces appointment of Brian Coughenour to the Clallam County Superior Court

May 14, 2015 - 16:39

Governor Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Brian Coughenour to the Clallam County Superior Court. Coughenour is currently the court’s commissioner and a Chief Judge for the Lower Elwha Clallam Tribe. He has served in both roles since 2001.

Surprise sweep for unregistered contractors turns up numerous violations

May 14, 2015 - 12:45

Hiring unregistered contractors is risky for homeowners and encourages unfair competition against registered contractors. That's why the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is launching a fourth year of sweeps to find contractors who are breaking the rules.

Statement by Gov. Jay Inslee on signing of bill to create a health care database for patients and providers

May 14, 2015 - 10:55

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that is the result of a two-year effort to provide more information to consumers, employers, medical providers and policy makers about buying and using health care.

Washington and Oregon update oil spill plan

May 13, 2015 - 13:30
In response to the uptick in the amount of crude oil being transported by rail through inland areas of Washington and Oregon, the western states are teaming up to update oil spill response plans for the shared waters. Read more....

15-023 State Parks announces summer season for Folk & Traditional Arts concerts

May 13, 2015 - 09:28
Celebrate diverse cultures and musical heritage this summer at your Washington State Parks. Check out our lineup of upcoming performances from the Folk & Traditional Arts Program.

OIC hiring two entry-level insurance positions in Tumwater

May 13, 2015 - 08:39
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner is hiring two entry-level positions atour Tumwater headquarters to help consumers with insurance.
  • Insurance Technician 1: This is in our Consumer Protection Division and answers calls on our consumer hotline. This position triages calls to consumer advocacy, producer licensing and Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), explains basic insurance rules and helps consumers and industry users troubleshoot problems with our online applications. 
  • Health Insurance Advisor 1: This is in our Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program and is a temporary job through December 2015. This position counsels consumers in person and on the phone about health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, including screening them for eligibility and enrolling them in subsidized programs. The person in this position delivers presentations to community groups, trains volunteers and attends monthly meetings around the state. 
Find more information about these jobs and other openings at

AG Ferguson statement on Hanford court order

May 12, 2015 - 16:12

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today commented on an order issued Monday by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in the Hanford Site litigation.

Washington State High School Artists Honored

May 12, 2015 - 15:00
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will host the 42nd Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show Friday in Olympia.

AG legal action allows 750,000 Washington Verizon, Sprint consumers hit with bogus charges to claim refunds

May 12, 2015 - 13:15

Restitution for unauthorized texting charges leads to $158 million “cramming” payouts nationally

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that more than 750,000 Washington Sprint and Verizon customers will be eligible for refunds for unauthorized charges on their cell phone bills as a result of legal action by his office. The restitution for Washington consumers is part of a nationwide $158 million agreement that resolves allegations that the companies placed unauthorized third-party service charges on subscribers’ telephone bills.

AG: Seattle business owner pleads guilty to harassing court magistrate

May 12, 2015 - 13:13

SEATTLE — A Seattle business owner pleaded guilty today to harassment charges brought by the Attorney General’s Office after the man threatened a court employee.

Serjik Kocharian, 53, threatened a city magistrate judge at an infraction hearing where he disputed a ticket he received for operating his business without a license.

OIC wants your help to make our website more user-friendly!

May 12, 2015 - 10:11
Now that open enrollment is over, we want to fine-tune the individuals and families section of our health insurance webpages. 
You can help by taking a short survey. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous. We will use your feedback to better organize the information that we provide to consumers. The survey is open until May 19.
Thanks for your help making our website easier to use!

Construction sites urged to focus on preventing falls during 'Safety Stand-Down'

May 11, 2015 - 15:49

Because of the high number of construction-related falls, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has teamed up with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the second year to sponsor a "Safety Stand-Down."

Exercise tests hazardous spill readiness

May 11, 2015 - 11:30
Responding to hazardous material spills presents unique challenges and risks to emergency workers. To make sure responders have the skills to handle incidents safely, the Washington Department of Ecology and local emergency responders will participate in a hazardous materials exercise May 13 at Chelan County PUD’s Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee. Read more....