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Free safety conferences planned to help decrease injuries in tree care and pruning industry

May 5, 2015 - 16:10

Some of the most dangerous jobs in Washington are done by workers in the tree care and pruning industry, according to injury report data from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). That's why L&I is holding a series of free conferences around the state to share information with tree care businesses about how to improve worker safety.

Chris Stearns Re-Appointed as Gambling Commissioner

May 5, 2015 - 14:50
Chris Stearns has been re-appointed as a Gambling Commissioner by Governor Inslee. His term will expire June 30, 2021.

Priority legislation approved by Legislature, governor

May 5, 2015 - 09:04
Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed two pieces of legislation allowing Guards members to stay overnight in Armories and mandating all state agencies develop continuity of operation plans, both of which were top priorities of Major General Bret D. Daugherty, The Adjutant General in charge of the Washington Military Department. The state also approved a Senate Joint Memorial asking President Barack Obama and Pentagon officials to transition the Washington National Guard's 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Ecology, shellfish growers cancel pesticide spraying permit

May 4, 2015 - 10:15
Following discussions over the weekend, the Department of Ecology and the Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association (WGHOGA) have agreed to cancel a recently issued permit for use of imidacloprid to control burrowing shrimp. Read more....

225th Air Defense Group activated at WADS

May 4, 2015 - 07:24
Historic day for Washington Air National Guard as Western Air Defense Sector is re-designated

15-019 State Parks offers three 'free' days in late spring

May 1, 2015 - 10:21
Day-use visitors will have three opportunities to experience state parks for free in late spring. Upcoming 'free' days are May 10, June 6 and June 13. A Discover Pass will not be required.

Big 1965 earthquake happened 50 years ago

April 29, 2015 - 14:27
With all eyes on the devastation in Nepal, Washington Emergency Management Division officials are reminding the public that earthquake dangers are just as probable here. Two significant earthquakes rocked the Puget Sound both coincidentally have anniversaries this month – a 6.8 earthquake that struck on April 13, 1949 and a 6.7 earthquake that struck 50 years ago this month on April 29, 1965.

Governor's signature makes AG's "ticket bot" consumer-protection proposal law

April 28, 2015 - 14:10

OLYMPIA — Today, Governor Jay Inslee signed Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal to ban “ticket bot” software into law. 

Ticket bots — short for robots — are computer programs deployed by scalpers to buy large quantities of tickets online to popular concerts and sporting events. Bots are often used to target the most desirable seats.

Seattle firm fined for polluting Duwamish tributary

April 28, 2015 - 14:00
A Seattle cargo firm faces a $14,000 fine for allowing stormwater with excessive levels of oil and silt to discharge to the North Fork of Hamm Creek, which flows to the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle. Read more....

15-017 Celebrate natural history at Columbia Hills Trail Daze event

April 27, 2015 - 17:51
Explore ancient pictographs, learn about how massive ice-age floods carved the Columbia Gorge, identify native wildflowers or take a horseback ride during the Columbia Hills Trail Daze happening May 2 at various locations in the park.

Charity scams swirl following Nepal earthquake

April 27, 2015 - 14:24

WA Officials Team Up to Warn Consumers on Donating Wisely

OLYMPIA — As the death toll climbs in Nepal following the massive earthquake over the weekend, Better Business Bureau along with Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are urging Washingtonians to be on guard for charity scams targeting donors.

Governor signs AG's Patent Troll Prevention Act into law

April 27, 2015 - 09:01

OLYMPIA — Today, Governor Jay Inslee signed Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal to protect small businesses from predatory and bad-faith patent infringement claims into law.

Patent trolls obtain and misuse patents as a way to make money by asserting patent rights and collecting infringement fees from other businesses. Their aggressive and deceptive tactics have become a growing concern for the Attorney General’s Office.

Razor clam dig approved May 2 and 3

April 27, 2015 - 00:00

Statement by Gov. Jay Inslee on legislative passage of the Oil Transportation Safety Act

April 24, 2015 - 17:37

“Today, legislators did the right thing and approved a much-needed bill to improve the oversight of crude oil being transported through Washington and our ability to prevent and respond to oil spills. This was one of my top priorities for this session and I particularly want to thank Rep.

Dorn Speaks Out on Consequences of Test Refusals

April 24, 2015 - 15:00
I’ve said many times that statewide testing is important because it helps ensure all public school students, no matter where they go to school, receive a quality education.

Help us improve our Medicare webpages!

April 24, 2015 - 08:54
We are in the process of conducting a usability study on the Insurance Commissioner's Medicare webpages. We want to hear from consumers how we can organize the pages and content in a way that makes sense to you. All it takes is 10-15 minutes to take a simple online survey. The survey is open through May 1. 
Your feedback is very important, so please take a few minutes to help us improve our site!