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Attorney General Ferguson defends voter-enacted marijuana initiative in state Supreme Court

March 13, 2015 - 09:14

Legal position, upheld by multiple courts, eliminates federal threat to initiative

SEATTLE — The Attorney General’s Office filed a response brief yesterday in the Washington State Supreme Court defending the will of the voters in enacting Initiative 502.

Nominees for Department of Defense's top employer award named

March 13, 2015 - 08:49
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announces more than 60 Washington employers of Guard and Reserve employees have been nominated for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the "Freedom Award").

Tax rates change April 1 for Friday Harbor, North Bend, Pacific County, Seattle and Tonasket

March 12, 2015 - 19:50
OLYMPIA – March 12, 2015 – Consumers in Friday Harbor, North Bend, Pacific County, Seattle and Tonasket will see their sales tax rate increase on purchases starting Wednesday, April 1.

Revenue offers tax workshop March 26 in Tumwater

March 12, 2015 - 19:49
OLYMPIA – March 12, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Tumwater on March 26.

March 12, 2015 - 16:50

Implemented Lean Projects and Cost Savings Ideas

March 12, 2015 - 15:30
As presented at the March 2015 Commission Meeting.

Implemented Lean Projects and Cost Savings Ideas

March 12, 2015 - 15:30
As presented at the March 2015 Commission Meeting.

ESGR Boss Lift shows employers the "Guard Life"

March 12, 2015 - 14:22
Guardsmen don't serve alone and that's why the 66th Theater Aviation Command showed appreciation to their employer with a special Boss Lift.

Washington State Attorney General Ferguson leads coalition of 15 states in support of Obama Administration's action on immigration

March 12, 2015 - 12:56

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the filing of an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in a federal appellate court, continuing his leadership in support of President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration policy. The brief was filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas v. United States, a legal challenge by Texas and other states to the President’s immigration reforms.

Inslee announces appointment of Janet Helson to King County Superior Court

March 11, 2015 - 17:14

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that he is appointing Janet Helson to King County Superior Court. Helson is replacing Judge Kimberley Prochnau who retired after more than seven years of distinguished service on the bench.

Statement from the office of Gov. Jay Inslee on House Passage of HB 1472

March 11, 2015 - 12:11

“This bill is an important step in protecting the health of Washingtonians and keeping our water clean. The governor is pleased that it received bipartisan support today. We want to thank Rep.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson files lawsuit over deceptive Super Bowl ticket sales

March 11, 2015 - 11:08

SEATTLE — For some Seahawks fans, the Super Bowl heartbreak started before the interception.

Just hours before the Super Bowl, customers of, LLC received an email announcing the company would not fulfill all its ticket orders. The company did not have the tickets it promised when it made sales to many consumers.

Clallam County prison inmate sentenced to another 6 years for stabbing guard

March 10, 2015 - 15:59

PORT ANGELES — A Clallam Bay Corrections Center inmate convicted of stabbing a guard was sentenced today to another five years, 10 months in prison in a case prosecuted by Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office.

Carlos Avalos was convicted Feb. 17 in Clallam County Superior Court of second-degree assault for repeatedly stabbing a corrections officer with a 4- to 5-inch metal shank. His sentence represents the top of the standard sentencing range, which was four years, five months to five years, 10 months.

Boards and commissions appointments by Governor Jay Inslee – February 2015

March 9, 2015 - 17:27

This is the latest monthly recap of board and commission appointments made by Gov. Jay Inslee. This list only reflects appointments that are effective beginning in February 2015.


  • Boards & Commissions
  • Everett mill site ready to come off state cleanup list

    March 9, 2015 - 12:30
    Weyerhaeuser Company’s cleanup of property along the Snohomish River in northern Everett meets state cleanup requirements and the Department of Ecology proposes removing the parcel from its Hazardous Sites List. Read more....

    Tacoma woman trades guilty plea, diversion program for dismissed charges in insurance fraud

    March 9, 2015 - 10:23
    Isabel Osorto, 23, of Tacoma, pled guilty to insurance fraud and agreed to complete a diversion program in exchange for the charge being dismissed.

    The charge stems from a December 2012 collision in which Osorto hit another car. Later that day, she purchased insurance for her car and filed a $9,000 hit-and-run claim on her car three days later. The insurance company was tipped off that something was amiss when the driver of the car she hit contacted her insurance company about the damage to his car, which was supported by the citation she was issued by Washington State Patrol. She was charged with one count of insurance fraud in September 2014.

    The terms of the diversion program include pleading guilty, full repayment of the restitution amount, payment of all administrative fees and full compliance with all program requirements. In this case, the restitution amount is zero because the insurance company did not pay Osorto’s $9,000 claim. The charge against Osorto will be dismissed once she completes the terms of the program. If she fails to complete the program, the charge against her will be reinstated.

    The OIC’s Special Investigations Unit investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office or local law enforcement—in this case, Pierce County – to prosecute criminal cases. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.

    Oil trains, trucks and pipelines

    March 9, 2015 - 10:00
    Transporting oil safely continues to be a hot topic nationally and at the state level as lawmakers seek the best ways to protect citizens and the environment. Read more....

    Washington Military Dept. donates 1,417 pounds to local food bank

    March 6, 2015 - 17:02
    A couple dozen Washington National Guard members spent about an hour on March 6 delivering 1,417 pounds of food to the food bank at Tillicum