Washington governor signs COVID-19 relief spending bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that allocates $2.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money. The measure received strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate this month. It spends money in various areas, including vaccine administration, rental assistance and money for school districts as they move back toward in-classroom teaching. Under the bill, $714 million will be allocated to schools as they move toward welcoming students back to the classroom. An additional $618 million will go toward vaccine administration, contact tracing and testing, and $365 million will go toward rental assistance to help renters and landlords affected by the pandemic.