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The ACLU attorney who wrote Initiative 502 and a former law enforcement officer and legislator debate the impact of the "Blake fix" replacement drug possession statute and the tumultuous recent history of drug law in Washington.Guests: Alison Holcomb, Political Director for ACLU of Washington and Steve Strachan, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
A review of new legislation intended to bolster the dental workforce and increase access to care. Guests: Bracken Killpack, Executive Director of the Washington State Dental Association and Marcy Bowers, Executive Director of the Statewide Poverty Action Network.
An update on legislative efforts to overhaul the state's crisis response framework and implement the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Guests: Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) and Rep. Michelle Caldier (R-Gig Harbor)
A look at two different approaches to address flooding in the Chehalis River Basin: one involving the construction of a dam near the headwaters of the river, and one focused on a series of local projects. Guests: Andrea McNamara Doyle, Director of the Office of Chehalis Basin, Glen Connelly, Natural Resources Director for the Chehalis Tribe, and Erik Martin, Administrator for the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District.
Part two in a series focused on Washington's future electricity demands, the complexity of integrating more wind and solar energy, and the infrastructure needed to modernize the electric grid. Guests: KC Golden, Vice Chair of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and George Caan, Executive Director of the Washington Public Utility District Association
Is the power grid ready for the demands of increased electrification? A look at legislation to amp up long-term planning for the electrical transmission system. Guests: Sen. Joe Nguyen, D-White Center and Sen. Matt Boehnke, R-Kennewick.
A panel of state government reporters review the 2023 Washington State Legislative Session. Guests: Claire Withycombe of The Seattle Times and Shauna Sowersby of McClatchy Newspapers (The Olympian, Tacoma News Tribune, and Tri-City Herald).
An inside look at the legislative compromise on staffing levels and background on the challenges facing nurses and hospitals in Washington. Guests: Katharine Weiss, Director of Government Affairs for the Washington State Nurses Association and Chelene Whiteaker, Senior Vice-President of Government Affairs for the Washington State Hospital Association.
From residential zoning to police pursuit policies and behavioral health capacity - a look at legislative priorities for local governments around Washington. Guests: Candice Bock, Director of Government Relations at the Association of Washington Cities and Eric Johnson, Executive Director of the Washington State Association of Counties.
An update on the legislative push to institute a new pay-by-mile road usage charge to fund transportation infrastructure. Guest: Reema Griffith, Washington State Transportation Commission
Discussing the implications of the state supreme court ruling that upheld the 2021 state capital gains tax. Interview guests: Andy Nicholas, Senior Fellow at the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and Mike Gallagher, President and CEO of the Washington Policy Center.
A look at the legislative debate over a bill to let DNR develop and sell carbon sequestration projects. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz weighs in on why her agency is seeking new options for state trust land management in the carbon markets.
Sunshine Week discussion focusing on different ways Washington's Public Records Act creates windows into the inner workings of state and local government. Guest: Paul Queary, editor and publisher of The Washington Observer (former AP editor/reporter and former political consultant).
A look at the outcome of Washington's first carbon credit auction in February. What it raised, how it works, and what it means to you. Q & A with Washington State Dept. of Ecology Director Laura Watson.
With a final recommendation due in June 2023, a new bill would hit reset on the controversial effort to choose a site for a new major airport. Guests: Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake and Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines.
A look at legislation to set aside $4000 for each child born into poverty in the state to assist with big investments later in life. Q & A with Washington State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti about the Washington Future Fund proposal
A look at legislation aimed at improving conditions for salmon through riparian buffer zone recovery grants. Guests: Rep. Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) and Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda)
From tougher penalties to total paradigm shift, an overview of bills competing to replace Washington's soon to expire drug possession law. Guests: Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett) and Rep. Dan Griffey (R-Allyn)
The Impact - a panel of lawmakers discuss the impact of vehicle pursuit regulations put in place for law enforcement in 2021 and various bills to amend them or establish new policies. Guests: Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) and Rep. Eric Robertson (R-Sumner).
The Impact - a look at legislation that would add climate related considerations to local planning under the Growth Management Act. Interviews: Rep. Davina Duerr, D-Bothell, and Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden.
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