Legislative Democrats wrote to the Republican president Tuesday, objecting to his order limiting immigration from seven Middle East countries.
TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017
After more than an hour of testimony Monday night, the City Council - perhaps somewhat surprisingly - gave their unanimous approval of an ordinance that targets a non-existent Muslim registry.
MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017
Washington lawmakers were asked to let motorcyclists decide for themselves whether they should wear a helmet.
SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2017
If Friday's Senate session was on Sesame Street, it would have been brought to you by the number 25.
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017
Rep. Shelly Short said she will seek the state Senate seat that is open because of Sen. Brian Dansel's resignation to take a job in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017
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.
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."
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