Washington governor calls on lawmakers for ‘bold’ action

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling on state lawmakers to take action on a multitude of issues during their 60-day legislative session, including addressing the homelessness crisis, helping children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and taking more steps to address climate change. Inslee delivered his annual State of the State speech in the Capitol’s state reception room, which was limited to a handful of attendees and media who had taken COVID-19 tests, and it was broadcast by TVW, the state’s government affairs channel. In pre-pandemic times, the speech is delivered to a joint session of the House and Senate in the House chamber. But amid rising cases of the virus, the House and Senate are conducting much of their work remotely.