Washington State House Democrats


Monday, June 3

A dry irrigation ditch belonging to the Roza Irrigation District in the Yakima Basin. Facing a water-supply forecast of 50% of lower, the district shut off its water for 10 days in late May to try and conserve the... (Courtesy Scott Revell)

WA drought has already led some to shut off water to farmers
Washington’s dismal snowpack over the winter is turning into a dismal water supply for the growing season as farmers already are struggling to irrigate their crops. Summer is still weeks away and almost two thirds of the state is either abnormally dry or suffering from a moderate drought. The state declared a drought emergency in mid-April and in late May officials with the Roza Irrigation District — covering 72,000 acres and some of Washington’s most fertile ground — shut off its spigots in an attempt to conserve water for the dry months ahead. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Scott Revell)

Can smaller caseloads help Washington fill its public defender ranks?
Too few public defenders and too many cases are stressing the criminal justice system in Washington, with counties struggling to ensure people accused of crimes, but unable to afford a lawyer, receive counsel as they are constitutionally guaranteed. Public defenders, prosecutors, judges and local government officials agree on the problem. But they disagree on whether shrinking public defender caseloads is the best immediate solution, as members of a Senate panel heard during a work session last week. Continue reading at The WA State Standard. (Getty Images)

Why are your insurance premiums skyrocketing? Starting June 1 insurers in Washington state have to tell you
Starting June 1, insurance companies are required by Washington state law to answer the question, “Why are my insurance premiums going up?” Starting Saturday, people can submit a request in writing to the insurance company via email or post asking their insurer to explain premium increases, according to the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. The second part of the new rule, which kicks in in 2027, requires insurers to provide information explaining premium hikes when a policy renews. Continue reading at KUOW. (Vlad Deep)


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WA drought has already led some to shut off water to farmers
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KUOW Public Radio
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