2024 Washington state legislative session convenes

Carleen Johnson | The Center Square

(The Center Square) – The Washington legislative session is underway.

Lawmakers will spend the next two months focusing on – among other issues – mental health, homelessness, the fentanyl crisis, the environment, transportation and policing.

In a Crosscut/Elway poll out last week, Washington voters listed their top priorities as the economy, public safety, homelessness, taxes, government, education and the environment.

Then there’s the issue of how majority-party Democrats will handle a half-dozen Republican-backed voter initiatives to the Legislature, assuming the initiatives have enough valid signatures to be certified by the Secretary of State’s Office.   

Voter advocacy group Let’s Go Washington has turned in what appears to be more than enough valid signatures that would repeal the state’s cap-and-trade program, get rid of the new capital gains tax, remove some restrictions on police engaging in vehicle pursuits, make it easier to bar state and local
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