OLYMPIA – A bill to give Washington State University permission to start its own medical school might seem like a locomotive sitting at the station, ready to steam down the track. After all, it’s got two-thirds of the state House of Representatives as co-sponsors.
Now supporters must work to keep extra cars from being attached to that train.
Spokane Mayor David Condon announced today he will seek re-election. The announcement was unsurprising, as Condon had said before he would run for the city's top office, and has already raised $193,000 toward that effort.
If this list of nominees to Spokane's inaugural Hall of Fame is anything, it's a sign we have people to celebrate. From artists to political leaders to doctors to developers to one call Auntie's Bookstore employee, we love our people. Now, judges for the hall...
OLYMPIA -- A package of taxes that would raise gasoline taxes by 11.7 cents passed the Senate on a 27-22 vote this afternoon.
It did not need a two-thirds majority to move through the Senate, because that rule is unconstitutional, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen said.
OLYMPIA -- A proposal to raise the state gasoline tax might get a vote in the Senate today.
The legislation was scheduled for a vote Friday until a parliamentary question arose about how big of a majority it needs.
OLYMPIA – The prospects for a new medical school operated by Washington State University took a step forward late Friday evening as a key c committee approved a bill that would change law to make that possible.
OLYMPIA -- Keeping a pet in a hot car could get the owner a $125 fine, and first responders would be allowed to free the animal without facing certain liabilities under a bill approved by the Senate today.
OLYMPIA -- The Senate is likely to vote on proposals to raise the state's gasoline tax, a Republican version that includes changes in transportation policy their caucus says are needed reforms and a Democratic alternative without those changes that caucus refers to as a "clean" proposal.
OLYMPIA – An Eastern Washington rancher lost some 300 sheep to wolves last year when the flock was sent to a grazing area that contained a wolf den. Wildlife experts monitoring recovery of wolves in the region knew where the den was, but area ranchers didn’t.. . .
LaVerne Biel announced today that she would run for the District 2 seat that became vacant yesterday when Mike Allen said he would not seek a second term. Biel ran for Councilman Jon Snyder in 2013, but came in last in the primary with 20...
OLYMPIA -- Long day ahead for members of the "money" committees as they try to push legislation through the meat grinder.
House Transportation is poised to move a bill that could raise the speed limit on I-90 in some rural areas to 75, and expand the state's list of specialty license plates even further.
OLYMPIA -- House budget writers struggled with the costs of training more doctors as a bill to let Washington State University start a Spokane medical school went through another hearing Wednesday night.
Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen, who was first appointed to the City Council in 2007 to fill the seat left vacant when Mary Verner became mayor, announced today he would not seek re-election this year.
OLYMPIA – With warnings to the state’s two largest universities to work out their disputes, Senate budget writers approved a change in the law that would give Washington State University permission to start its own medical school in Spokane.
OLYMPIA -- The Senate honors the Civil Air Patrol, including one longtime member from Spokane, with a resolution this morning.
Senate Ways and Means could decide whether the bill allowing WSU to start a medical school should be sent on to the full Senate.
OLYMPIA – Friday was a cut-off day for the Legislature. That’s not to say the weather has been so good that we can shed our raincoats and don jeans that have been shortened by scissors. Rather it is a term for deadlines the Legislature imposes on itself to pare down the hundreds of bills that get introduced.
OLYMPIA – Selling or displaying human remains for commercial purposes would be illegal under a bill approved Friday by a House committee – except if it’s being done for educational reasons or by a museum.
The Public Safety Committee was told this week sales of skulls and other body parts on the Internet is increasing "for some macabre reason."