Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia is the Standard’s editor-in-chief. He’s covered state and local policy and politics for a decade, nationwide for Government Executive’s Route Fifty and in Seattle for Crosscut.

Lawmakers back rewrite of bar and nightclub lewd conduct rules after inspection backlash

By: - February 8, 2024

Legislation to strengthen workplace protections for strippers has won approval in the state Senate but with a noteworthy amendment attached. Last month, state and city authorities conducted controversial inspections of LGBTQ+ nightlife venues in Seattle, flagging, among other things, customers wearing jockstraps, and a bartender’s exposed nipple. The amendment, put forward by Sen. Jamie Pedersen, […]

U.S. Supreme Court will not hear challenge against Washington state capital gains tax

By: - January 16, 2024

A legal challenge against Washington’s tax on capital gains hit a dead end as the U.S. Supreme Court said it would not hear the case. While the tax applies to Washington residents, a group of taxpayers attempting to overturn the levy argued that it violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause in how it applies to […]

State finalizes deal for 20,000 acres of logging lands in southwest Washington

By: - December 19, 2023

Washington’s natural resources agency and a nonprofit group have finalized a $121 million purchase of about 20,000 acres of logging lands in the southwest corner of the state. The deal, which closed last Friday, is the state’s largest land acquisition in more than a decade, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The department revealed last […]

The Interstate 5 Bridge between Oregon and Washington.

Feds pledge $600M for new I-5 bridge linking Washington and Oregon

By: - December 15, 2023

The federal government will plunk down more than a half-billion dollars to help cover the cost of replacing the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River, between Washington and Oregon. A grant of $600 million will go to the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, the entity overseeing the effort. It’s the first sizable commitment of federal […]

NW states, tribes reach ‘historic’ deal with feds over Columbia River Basin fish and dams

By: and - December 14, 2023

A decades-long battle over dams in the Columbia River Basin had a breakthrough Thursday, as the Biden administration announced a deal with four tribes in the region and the states of Oregon and Washington that is meant to restore salmon and other fish runs while also looking at eventually breaching four of the dams. The […]

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Washington state's ban on conversion therapy, which aims to change a peron's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to WA ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for minors

By: - December 11, 2023

Washington’s ban on “conversion therapy” meant to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of people under 18 will remain in place after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a legal challenge against it. A list of orders the court released indicated it would not hear the dispute over the widely discredited […]

Researchers in 2020 identified an offshoot of the chemical–6PPD-quinone, or 6PPD-q–as the culprit causing premature salmon deaths in urban streams and rivers in the Puget Sound region.

Tribes call for feds to ban chemical in car tires that is linked to salmon deaths

By: - August 11, 2023

Two tribes in Washington are asking federal regulators to ban a chemical widely used in car tires that scientists have identified as highly toxic to salmon and other fish. The Port Gamble S’Klallam and Puyallup tribes, along with the Yurok, which is the largest native nation in California, petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on […]

Irrigation equipment in Washington state.

A parched summer is posing difficulties for Washington farmers and fish

By: - August 1, 2023

The record-warm May that burned off a sizable chunk of the state’s snowpack has left flows in many of Washington’s rivers and streams depleted heading into late summer. It’s not the driest year the state has seen. But it’s still bad news for fish that depend on cool water and ample streamflows for survival and […]


Crop growers and Cantwell press for Washington state Farm Bill priorities

By: - June 12, 2023

With work underway in Congress to draft a new version of a major agricultural policy law, Washington producers of crops like apples, cherries and potatoes, backed by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., are emphasizing the importance of programs to support farming research and expand overseas markets for U.S.-grown goods. But the latest negotiations to reauthorize the […]