OLYMPIA -- Washington would ban "aversion therapy" to turn gay youth straight under a bill approved Thursday by the House.
Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, led an effort by GOP members to defeat it for provisions he said were unconstitutional and interfere with patient-therapist relationships.
OLYMPIA – In an effort to bring some good out of a tragedy, the Legislature is poised to pass a law that could prevent another murder-suicide like that of Sheena Henderson and her estranged husband Christopher at a Spokane hospital last summer.
OLYMPIA -- The Senate and House both have floor sessions to vote on some of the many bills that have been passed by various committees.
Among those passed by the Senate before noon was a House bill to require preserving DNA in criminal cases, sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall (above left).
OLYMPIA -- The Senate will vote today on its general operating budget, and is expected to pass it because today it only needs a simple majority. Unlike early Friday morning, when it needed a super-majority. We explain.
OLYMPIA – Projects in Spokane County ranging from improvements at Mount Spokane to updates at Eastern Washington University would get a total of $95 million from the state under a plan approved this week by the House of Representatives.
OLYMPIA – Both chambers of the Legislature debated budgets worth tens of billions of dollars with arguments over whether they were just directing spending or making statements about the future of the state and its values.
House Democrats passed their $38.8 billion budget, which needs some new taxes . The Senate debate continued into the evening.
OLYMPIA -- The Senate operating budget proposal, fresh off yesterday's roll out, gets a vote in the Ways and Means Committee and both chambers' transportation budgets are in their respective committees.
Legislation on small nuclear plants is among items in a House energy committee and a Senate committee got info on subpoenas.
OLYMPIA -- A Senate committee will not vote on the proposed $12 minimum wage, a mandatory sick leave policy or a new equal pay law. Those proposals, which all passed the House, could be dead for the session.
The relatively monolithic Spokane County Commission showed signs of dissent Tuesday, as commissioners argued about their stance on a proposed sales tax increase to fund changes to the area's transit system.
OLYMPIA – Raising the state’s minimum wage to $12 by 2019 was described as not enough by some and too much by others as a Senate committee provided another forum for what’s become a familiar debate in this session.
OLYMPIA – Trains crossing Washington with crude oil would need larger crews but those with other farm chemicals would not, under a revised bill passed by a House committee Monday. The latest version of a bill on one of the session’s hottest topics also has a higher tax than Senate Republicans approved this month.
The county's Republican Party released a video today, kicking the election year off in grand old fashion. The video is part uplifting, part combative as it first takes on the Spokane City Council, the media and the Democratic Party, before shifting and re-branding itself as...