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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Nuclear Attack, Immigration Enforcement, Pay-By-The-Mile On Lawmaker Agendas

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The threat of a nuclear attack, immigration enforcement and paying by the mile to drive are all on the agenda as Washington lawmakers hold meetings the week of September 11.

At King County Emergency Management, lawmakers will discuss lessons learned from the Cascadia Rising earthquake exercise. But also on the agenda will be state planning for a nuclear attack because of recent North Korea missile tests. Such planning is currently prohibited by a three-decade-old state law.

In Grays Harbor, the Republican-led Senate Law and Justice Committee will discuss consolidating traffic ticket fines. But it will also take up Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s guidance to local governments in the wake of President Trump’s immigration crackdown.

Meanwhile lawmakers on the Joint Transportation Committee will get a briefing on road usage charges. Washington is about to embark on a volunteer pilot study of pay-by-the mile technologies.

The Washington legislature doesn’t formally reconvene until next January.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."