A perennial proposal to require Washington minors to notify parents before getting an abortion drew familiar support and opposition Thursday, and may wind up with the same fate as last year’s proposal: Getting partway through the Legislature, then dying.
THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017
Cities tell lawmakers they think they can already ban pot sales in some areas, don’t need new legislation.
A routine vote over House rules turned into a brief debate over one of the GOP's favorite budget ideas: Fund education first
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017
Home-grown marijuana rules would be loosened under two House bills.
Lawmakers looking at a 75 mph speed limit for parts of Interstate 90 in Eastern Washington, but state officials are advising them not to do it.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers attended the inauguration Friday and saw coverage of the march in Spokane on the day that followed. She praised Donald Trump's speech as a rallying cry for those that have "fallen behind" and also supported the marchers' right to speak.
SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017
Senate Republican leader tells reporter “it’s none of your business” when they’ll come up with a plan for public schools, then apologizes. Sort of.
THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017
Washington residents who want to own, buy or sell a semi-automatic assault rifle would have to obtain an annual license from local law enforcement agency under a proposal introduced this week in the House.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017
TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017
OLYMPIA – Cities and counties that try to keep state-licensed marijuana stores from opening without adopting specific ordinances could pay a price by losing most of their tax revenue from alcohol.
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017
Thousands of sign-waving parents, students and school employees jammed the steps of the Capitol Monday morning then streamed into legislative office buildings to lobby their lawmakers.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017
FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017
Private gun sales would once again be exempt from background checks if a Spokane Valley legislator succeeds in repealing a two-year-old initiative approved by voters.
THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017
The House Appropriations Committee voted 17-15, on partisan lines, to give school districts another year before they are pushed off the "levy cliff."
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017
Elected officials were given a glass of sparkling wine as they arrived in the Capitol Rotunda for the official toast.
Ice sculptures are popular at the Inaugural Ball reception.
Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez captures the performance by Judy Collins at the end of the Inaugural Ceremony,
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