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A twice-failed bill would have named the mythic creature as the official state cryptid.
Statements from the governor and the state attorney general come in response to a shift in federal plans.
Bipartisan bills in the House and Senate could remove Cold War-era emergency planning restrictions.
The operation also faces possible closure if legislators pass a bill that would ban the use of Atlantic salmon in state aquaculture.
Senator Kevin Ranker says the orca population in Puget Sound is down to 83, the lowest it had ever been.
The bipartisan effort is intended to send a message to the other Washington while creating opportunities for young immigrants.
More than 100 were on hand to lobby state government on issues including the welfare of indigenous women and children, and a planned liquified natural gas facility in Tacoma.
One Senate bill would prohibit internet service providers from exercising “deceptive” tactics and impairing or blocking legal web content.
The bill would address concerns over training and access to safety information.
The bill allows for limited drilling of new wells and also limits water withdrawals in new wells.
A lack of state funding has put the squeeze on a number of organizations throughout the state.
The bill is at least partially in response to an August incident in which 30,000 Atlantic salmon escaped.
The DISCLOSE Act would require nonprofits to reveal their biggest donors.