Earlier this month, the memorial plaque and cherry tree honoring the late Cal Anderson — a champion for LGBTQ civil rights in Washington and the state's first openly gay lawmaker — were unexpectedly removed.
Washington state lawmakers failed to pass a new drug possession law in the final hours of the 2023 legislative session. The state has a temporary law passed after the Washington Supreme Court declared the state's drug law unconstitutional in 2021, but that law is set to expire in June.
Proposals in Oregon and Washington to regulate carbon emissions tied to crypto mining and data centers took opposite paths during the 2023 legislative session. In Washington, House Bill 1416 sailed through the House and Senate with relative ease and was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 3. Similar legislation in Oregon, meanwhile, was met with stiff opposition.