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It’s official: Special legislative session to begin April 29

audio iconAfter weeks of speculation in Olympia, it’s official:  Without agreement on a state budget, lawmakers are going into overtime.  Continue reading It’s official: Special legislative session to begin April 29

Gov. Jay Inslee calls special legislative session for April 29, will call budget writers back early

Gov. Jay Inslee told legislative leaders today that he will call them into special session on Wednesday, April 29, to complete major work that will be left undone when the regular session ends this week. Inslee will invite budget negotiators to meet in his office Monday morning to give negotiators a head start before the special session begins. Continue reading Gov. Jay Inslee calls special legislative session for April 29, will call budget writers back early

Bill sponsored by Rep. Drew MacEwen becomes law

A bill sponsored by Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, to make it easier for homeowners to make improvements to their property for the purpose of selling it became law today. House Bill 1749 ends the requirement for homeowners working on their house to register with Labor and Industries as a contractor in order to “flip” it. Those who did not register could have faced fines for failure to comply.

Rep. Drew MacEwen at the signing of House Bill 1749
Rep. Drew MacEwen is joined by 35th District constituents and stakeholders for the signing of House Bill 1749.

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Governor signs Rep. Dan Griffey’s process server privacy bill

House Bill 1962, which prohibits county auditors from displaying or releasing Social Security numbers collected when filing the registration information of process servers, was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Rep. Dan Griffey's HB 1962 into law. April 22, 2015.
Back row from left: Pat Tarzwell; Sandy Tarzwell; Sarah, Rep. Griffey’s daughter; Front row from left: Amber Oliver, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Griffey; Ted Trask, Mason County Legal Process Service; Governor Jay Inslee; Rep. Dan Griffey and his grandson William; Dinah Griffey, Rep. Griffey’s wife.

Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, prime-sponsored the bill after learning that some counties were providing process servers’ Social Security numbers through public information requests. The bill bars that from happening unless disclosure is required under federal law. Continue reading Governor signs Rep. Dan Griffey’s process server privacy bill

Allyn Woman Found Dead in Maui

A 63-year-old woman from Allyn was found dead in the waters off the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Betty Colleen Drexler was spotted floating on the surface about 9:35 AM Tuesday. She was pulled from the water by beachgoers and CPR was started.  Emergency personnel arrived and took over resuscitation but those efforts were unsuccessful. Continue reading Allyn Woman Found Dead in Maui

Unemployment Down in County in March

unemployment march 2015 MCThe unemployment rate in Mason County dropped in March. According to the State Employment Security Department, the preliminary unemployment rate in the County last month was 7.8%, down more than a percent from February’s revised rate of 9.1% and down a percent and a half from March 2014. Continue reading Unemployment Down in County in March

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State Senate honors Harborite John Hughes

audio iconOn Tuesday, the state Senate honored state historian and former publisher of The Daily World, John C. Hughes with Senate Resolution 8670Continue reading State Senate honors Harborite John Hughes

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Rep. Dan Griffey’s firefighter training bill into law

A measure prime-sponsored by Rep. Dan Griffey to increase basic firefighter training to all public firefighting agencies in Washington state was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Rep. Dan Griffey's House Bill 1382 on April 21, 2015. On Dan's left are his wife Dinah and his legislative assistant Amber.
Behind Gov. Inslee: Front row, l to r: Tamara Warnke, Washington Firefighters Association; T.J. Nedrow, President of the Washington Firefighters Association; Sen. Ann Rivers; Gov. Jay Inslee; Rep. Dan Griffey; Dinah Griffey; Amber Oliver, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Griffey Back row, l to r: Chuck Duffy, Washington State Fire Marshal; Ryan Spiller, Washington Fire Commissioners Association; Roger Ferris, Executive Secretary of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association; Jim Farrell, President of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association; Dylan Doty, Washington Fire Chiefs Association.

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Senate leaders continue to rebuff budget negotiation offers

audio iconHouse Democrats in Olympia passed a state budget three weeks ago . .. but GOP leaders in the Senate still won’t come to the negotiating table.  Continue reading Senate leaders continue to rebuff budget negotiation offers

County Sending Draft Belfair Sewer Finance Plans to State Auditor

video iconThe Mason County Commission voted 2 to 1 Tuesday to send two Belfair Sewer draft financial plans to the State Auditor for review. The past few audits of the County have resulted in a “finding” from the State Auditor’s Office relating to the finances of the wastewater system. According to auditors, the system is not generating enough revenue to repay the $13.6 Million debt issued to finance its construction and the Commissioners had not established a formal plan to address how to repay that debt. The County has drafted two plans. Continue reading County Sending Draft Belfair Sewer Finance Plans to State Auditor