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5 things to know about Washington’s 2022 legislative session

The Washington Legislature convenes on Monday for a short, 60-day session. Top issues include delaying and making fixes to the state's long-term care insurance program, clarifying some of last year's police reforms and deciding how to spend $1.3 billion in leftover federal COVID-19 relief money the state received.

Illustration for year-round standard time.

Washington state lawmakers propose year-round standard time to get around Congress

Washington state senators are trying a new gambit to stop the twice-yearly ritual of changing our clocks from standard time to daylight time and back again. A previous effort to move the whole West Coast onto permanent daylight saving time failed to win requisite congressional support. So now, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is pushing for Pacific standard time to be observed year-round.

Once again, Washington lawmakers sue Inslee over vetoes

For the second time, Washington lawmakers are suing Gov. Jay Inslee over his use of the veto pen. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Thurston County Superior Court, the Legislature asserts Inslee exceeded his veto power earlier this year when he line-item vetoed parts of the state transportation budget and eliminated a subsection of a low carbon fuels bill.

Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen has died at 52

Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, a Whatcom County Republican, has died, according to an announcement from the Senate Republican Caucus on Saturday. The cause of death was not immediately known.