Washington’s pandemic session: Remote work, weighty topics

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers had no shortage of weighty topics that they tackled this session while having to conduct their work amid a pandemic that meant most meetings and votes were done remotely. By the time they concluded their 105-day session Sunday night, they had approved nearly a dozen measures on police reform, passed two key climate measures _ cap-and-trade and low-carbon fuel standard _ that had long been priorities of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and passed a new capital gains tax on high-profit stocks and bonds that had languished in previous legislative sessions. The Capitol building has been closed to the public since last year due to COVID-19 and legislative leaders said that at the start of the year no one knew how a mostly remote session would turn out.