May 26, 2016

The New American May 25, 2016 by Bob Adelmann When Seattle’s city council unanimously passed an ordinance last August taxing guns and ammunition ($25 per firearm and 2¢ to 5¢ per round, depending upon caliber), it was sold as a revenue-raising tactic and not an attack on gun owners’ rights or …

May 26, 2016

ECY May 19, 2016 by Department of Ecology OLYMPIA – Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon joined state environmental officials from Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont in calling on Congress to reconsider the language in a proposed bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of …

May 3, 2016

Think Progress May 3, 2016 by ALAN PYKE With the Supreme Court’s decision Monday not to hear the fast food industry’s lawsuit against Seattle, the nation’s first $15 minimum wage law is safe – and opponents of higher pay floors for U.S. workers are running low on options. The decision upholds …

April 6, 2016

Chemical Watch April 5, 2016 by Kelly Franklin Washington state’s governor has signed into law a ban on the use of five flame retardants above de minimis levels in children’s products and residential furniture. The state joins several that restrict the use of certain flame retardants in products. These include California, Minnesota and, most recently,Washington DC. But …