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2024 News

May 14, 2024
$20/hour minimum wage approved by Council
The King County Council on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to a proposal that will, once implemented, boost the minimum wage in unincorporated King County to just over $20 per hour.

April 2, 2024
Council chooses Ricardo Polintan to fill Valley Medical Center board vacancy
The King County Council on Tuesday unanimously appointed Ricardo “Rick” Polintan to fill a vacant seat on the Valley Medical Center (Public Hospital District No. 1) Commission.

March 28, 2024
Upthegrove applauds ruling halting logging over climate impacts
Councilmember Dave Upthegrove released a statement Thursday in response to the King County Superior Court ruling that a proposed timber sale northeast of Seattle would violate the State Environmental Policy Act.

February 29, 2024
Upthegrove sends letter to DNR in support of 300-acre forest preservation
King Council Chair Dave Upthegrove on Tuesday sent a letter to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources concurring with the preservation of nearly 300 acres of forest land on Tiger Mountain. The letter followed a unanimous vote by the King County Council authorizing Upthegrove to send the letter on behalf of the Council. 

February 27, 2024
Council recognizes DCHS Director Leo Flor for 'visionary leadership'
The King County Council on Tuesday recognized DCHS Director Leo Flor for his work shepherding the department through the pandemic and beyond.

February 13, 2024
KCTV launches improved streaming service, better access to past meetings
King County TV last week rolled out a new homepage with a new, improved embedded livestream and quick access to videos of past meetings and other content.

January 23, 2024
Council seeks applicants for Valley Medical Center hospital district commissioner vacancy
The King County Council is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Valley Medical Center (Public Hospital District No. 1) Board of Commissioners. 

January 11, 2024
Elections oversight committee seeks new members
King County’s Citizens’ Election Oversight Committee is in the process of recruiting two new members, including representatives from the disability and Vietnamese communities.

January 9, 2024
Council approves new leadership, committee assignments for 2024
The King County Council on Tuesday approved its reorganization motion, which sets out Council leadership and committee assignments for the year. Councilmember Dave Upthegrove will remain chair of the Council in 2024, while Councilmembers Reagan Dunn and Girmay Zahilay will serve as vice chairs.

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