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AG's Office sues Blue Utopia for deceptive conduct

Access Washington News - July 20, 2017 - 12:48

OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office today announced a lawsuit against a Seattle-based company offering campaign and non-profit fundraising services, alleging Blue Utopia failed to send all the donations it collected to its clients, and used new donations to cover old debts to other campaigns. The lawsuit alleges these are unfair and deceptive practices in violation of state law. The office has identified at least two affected campaigns in Washington so far.

Inslee statement on legislative action on Hirst

Governor's Office - July 19, 2017 - 15:51

"Legislative leaders told me today they have reached an impasse on a bill to address the Hirst decision. I asked Senate Republicans if they would accept a 24-month delay to give property owners relief, but they told me they would not.

Inslee statement on legislative action on Hirst

Access Washington News - July 19, 2017 - 15:51

"Legislative leaders told me today they have reached an impasse on a bill to address the Hirst decision. I asked Senate Republicans if they would accept a 24-month delay to give property owners relief, but they told me they would not.

Ferguson lauds Supreme Court decision preserving family relationships

Access Washington News - July 19, 2017 - 13:35

Court won’t block Hawaii judge’s expansion of qualifying family members

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling expanding “close familial relationships” exempted from the administration’s travel ban executive order.

Smoke Conditions at Curlew State Park.

Access Washington News - July 19, 2017 - 13:27
The park is experiencing transient smoke from fires burning in the region, including North Central Washington and Central British Columbia. No parks are currently threatened by wildfire.

Smoke conditions at Conconully State Park

Access Washington News - July 19, 2017 - 13:23
The park is experiencing transient smoke from fires burning in the region, including North Central Washington and Central British Columbia. No parks are currently threatened by wildfire.

Smoke Conditions at Pearrygin Lake State Park

Access Washington News - July 19, 2017 - 13:19
The park is experiencing transient smoke from fires burning in the region, including North Central Washington and Central British Columbia. No parks are currently threatened by wildfire

Shellfish Seasons and Closures

Access Washington News - July 19, 2017 - 12:44
Seasons are subject to closure by the Department of Health for marine biotoxins. Please check the following links to determine closures or season changes.

Shellfish Seasons and Closures

Access Washington News - July 19, 2017 - 12:41
Seasons are subject to closure by the Department of Health for marine biotoxins. Please check the following links to determine closures or season changes.

RELEASE: Lt. Governor Habib Selected as Member of Council on Foreign Relations

Access Washington News - July 19, 2017 - 08:49
For Immediate Release July 18, 2017 Contact: Kristina Brown, Director of External Relations 360.786.7707 | Kristina.Brown@ltgov.wa.gov   Lt. Governor Habib Selected as Member of Council on Foreign Relations OLYMPIA– Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib has been selected to serve as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the pre-eminent non-partisan American think tank on U.S. foreign […]

Emergency Closure of the North/Port Townsend Side Boat Launch

Access Washington News - July 18, 2017 - 17:14
The North/ Port Townsend side boat launch in Fort Flagler has been closed due to exposed rebar that poses a safety hazard to vehicles and boat trailers. The South/Kilisut Harbor boat launch is still open and available for use.

AG Ferguson asks US Supreme Court to keep family definition intact in travel ban case

Access Washington News - July 18, 2017 - 12:57

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today joined a coalition of states asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the Trump Administration’s effort to bar travel by certain close family members of people in the United States.

E-DUI tickets start July 23, will cost drivers who are cited

Access Washington News - July 18, 2017 - 07:49
Beginning July 23, it will be against the law for Washington drivers to use hand-held electronics while they are driving. This includes all electronic devices—cell phones, tablets, laptops and video games. Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance company.
A Driving Under the Influence of Electronics ticket, an E-DUI, will cost more than before. All violations will be available to your insurance company and may lead to rate increases. Tickets will cost:
  • First E-DUI: $136
  • Second E-DUI (within five years): $234
The new law was enacted by the state Legislature this year. The original bill was sponsored by Sens. Ann Rivers, Marko Liias, Reuven Carlyle and Patty Kuderer. According to the Washington state Traffic Safety Commission, fatalities from distracted driving increased 32 percent from 2014 to 2015 in Washington, and one-quarter of all crashes involved a cell phone in use just prior to the crash.
The commission’s most recent collision report, from 2014, shows that distracted drivers crash every 12 minutes. Distraction was a factor in 40 percent of all collisions, the single most frequent contributing factor in all collisions that year. Distracted driving was a factor in 123 fatal collisions. 
The number of collisions in your region contribute to increased insurance premiums. If the number of collisions increases, your rates are likely to as well.
Read more about the new law from Target Zero. 

Washington Budget & Policy Center to pay $30,545 over campaign finance violations

Access Washington News - July 17, 2017 - 15:22

The Center failed to properly report its independent expenditures in opposition to Initiative 1366 in 2015.

Square Lake Swim Beach Closure

Access Washington News - July 17, 2017 - 10:49
The swim beach at Square Lake has been closed due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water. The park will remain open for day use during the beach closure.

AGO files campaign finance complaint against Kittitas County Democrats

Access Washington News - July 14, 2017 - 13:59

OLYMPIA —The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court today alleging campaign finance violations by the Kittitas County Democrats. Specifically, the AGO asserts the committee failed to timely report a total of $18,639 in contributions and $16,277 in expenditures in 2012 and between 2014 and 2017.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson recused himself from any involvement in the matter.

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