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With strong bipartisan support, the Legislature passed a bill on Friday that establishes the most forward-thinking paid family and medical leave law in the nation.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed the two year operating budget Friday night as the fiscal year came to a close.
OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court yesterday alleging campaign finance violations by the San Juan County Democrats (SJCD). Specifically, the AGO asserts the committee failed to timely report a total of $30,290 in expenditures, $15,514 in debt, and $15,060 in contributions throughout 2016.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson recused himself from any involvement in the matter.
Rules protect federal student loan borrowers against predatory for-profit colleges
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today sought to protect student loan borrowers from predatory for-profit schools by moving to intervene in a federal lawsuit.
In California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) v. DeVos, a group of private schools filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education, challenging a new Obama Administration rule that would protect student borrowers at for-profit schools.
Aerospace company and L&I settle appeal of violations related to explosion that injured 17 workers
A Spokane-area aerospace company will pay one of the largest penalties ever to the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and will continue to be listed as a "severe violator" as part of an appeal settlement over safety and health violations at the company's Newport, Wash., plant.
Trump Administration’s refusal to reign in oil and gas facilities’ emissions violates the Clean Air Act
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter today to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt, pledging legal action if the EPA continues violating the Clean Air Act.
The Clean Air Act requires that, once the EPA adopts a rule to limit emissions from new and modified facilities in a given industrial sector, it must establish guidelines for limiting emissions from existing facilities.
Ferguson, 10 other attorneys general, file briefs supporting cities and counties fighting Administration
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined nine states and the District of Columbia in urging a federal judge to deny the Trump Administration’s request to dismiss three California cases challenging its executive order threatening “sanctuary jurisdictions.”
Washington leads effort to change VA rule denying surgical services to transgender veterans
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson is leading a coalition of nine states and the District of Columbia urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide transgender veterans access to medically necessary health care.
House and Senate budget negotiators reported to Gov. Jay Inslee this morning that they have reached an agreement in principle on the 2017-2019 biennial operating budget.
Court rules in cases filed in Hawaii and Maryland
OLYMPIA — The U.S. Supreme Court today accepted review of cases filed in Hawaii and Maryland challenging President Trump’s revised travel ban. Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement on the court accepting the cases and its decision to partially lift injunctions blocking the executive order:
Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Laura Riquelme to the Skagit County Superior Court. She replaces Judge Michael Rickert, who is retiring.
Last year Inslee appointed Riquelme to a different position on the Skagit County Superior Court, where she served from March 2016 to November 2016.