OLYMPIAN, Wash. – State Sen. Kevin Ranker has introduced a bill to bar Washington state agencies from using gasoline-powered leaf blowers, saying they are noisy and emit greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The Democrat from Orcas Island said the state eeds to lead” with policies that are in line with state goals on climate change.

Jim Erskine, a spokesman for the Department of Enterprise Services, which manages state agency buildings and grounds, said he had heard a bill might be dropped. But the agency had no details.

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