Politics

Distracted driving penalties could increase statewide

Lawmakers heard emotional testimony this week from people who lost friends and family members in car accidents caused by drivers distracted by their phones. They are among those who want to make it illegal to hold any hand-held device while driving and ensure offenders receive harsher penalties.

Lawmakers and Inslee push for more statewide gun measures

Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store their guns safely and which they say would fix a loophole in the current law, which makes it easier to get an assault weapon than a handgun.