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On May 21, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) released updated guidance that will, in part, require employers to confirm whether or not employees are fully vaccinated. For...

June 1, 2021

It is said that a person is made up of body, spirit and soul. Many translate this relative to their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. We've been fighting the coronavirus by...

May 6, 2020

With the 60-day session ending March 12, normally I would be providing a final report of the session activities. However, in the days since the session adjourned, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has...

March 26, 2020

Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, discusses two controversial and concerning bills moving through the Legislature. House Bill 1551 would reduce penalties for those who intentionally infect another with HIV. Senate Bill 5395...

Feb. 14, 2020

Through legislation she has introduced, Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, is attempting to reduce sex trafficking at illicit massage parlors and increase fines against those convicted of committing sex trafficking offenses with...

April 16, 2019

There's less than one month remaining of the 105-day regular session, which is scheduled to adjourn April 28. We still have plenty of unfinished business to address within a short time....

April 1, 2019

The state House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday by Rep. Vicki Kraft that would make it harder for illicit massage parlors to blend in and operate. House Bill 1082 would...

March 13, 2019

The state House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Wednesday offered by Rep. Vicki Kraft that would prohibit courts from waiving, reducing or suspending certain fees and fines charged to those...

March 7, 2019

It's Day 44 and seven weeks into the scheduled 105-day regular session. Last Friday marked our first major deadline of this year's session. It was house of origin policy cutoff. Policy-only...

Feb. 26, 2019

A bill that would prohibit courts from waiving, reducing or suspending certain fees and fines charged to those convicted of sexual exploitation of children received a hearing Friday in the House...

Feb. 18, 2019