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  • Spin Control: Budget impasse doesn’t spell doom

    OLYMPIA – Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. So it’s not surprising that into the vacuum that is the Legislature’s special session – where the most special thing about it …


  • Shawn Vestal: ‘Tax hike’ hyperbole doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

    Are you on the list? Talk about a question that cues its own ominous music.


  • House group OKs estate tax rewrite

    OLYMPIA – With less than two weeks left in the special session and Gov. Jay Inslee urging them to “pick up the pace,” legislators showed some slight progress but faced …


  • Collapse could motivate Legislature to pass projects

    OLYMPIA – The collapse of a section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River could spur the Legislature into action on the much-debated transportation package with its increased …


  • Bill on police-involved deaths now law

    OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s medical examiners can feel free to talk about the results of investigations into deaths that involve actions by law enforcement officers, a new state law ensures. …


  • Inslee removes funds for Columbia bridge

    OLYMPIA – A legislative compromise on a controversial bridge over the Columbia River was sliced out of the state’s $8.8 billion transportation budget Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee, who insisted …


  • Alcohol laws don’t mix well at Capitol

    OLYMPIA – As a Senate committee approved tougher laws against impaired drivers Tuesday, some senators wondered aloud if the Legislature isn’t at least partially responsible for putting more drunks on …


  • Three issues at forefront of session

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has shortened his top priorities on the Legislature’s “to do” list for the special session to three things: Pass an operating budget. Pass a new …


  • Spin Control: Same old budget battle story

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns to town Monday in search of a compromise on a two-year operating budget that keeps the state in the black, uses relatively few accounting gimmicks, …


  • Teachers union leads in state lobbying costs

    SEATTLE – The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group and more than twice as much as the next-highest lobbying organization, a health care …


  • State workers to get parking, bus breaks

    Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Saturday that lets state employees pay for their work-related parking and transit costs using pretax earnings. Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia …


  • ‘Good Samaritan’ law covers alcohol too

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law that allows underage drinkers to call for medical help without fearing prosecution. The law is meant to encourage minors to call …


  • Lawmakers’ current budget to pay for OT work

    OLYMPIA – Before a special session was called Sunday for the Washington Legislature to finish such important tasks as setting the state’s two-year operating budget, legislative leaders and Gov. Jay …


  • Gun background check fight moving to ballot box

    OLYMPIA – After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking …


  • Colleges’ tuition plans in limbo

    SEATTLE – Students heading off to college in Washington next fall will have to wait awhile to find out how much tuition they’ll be paying. Since the Legislature went home …


  • Washington Legislature adjourns without budget

    OLYMPIA – For the fourth time in as many years, the Legislature will go into overtime to figure out how to spend the money it collects, and how much it …


  • Special session will be needed

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature will wrap up its regular session today, leaving unfinished budget business and a special session on the horizon. House Democrats and a predominantly Republican coalition in …


  • Spin Control: GOP rhetoric can’t derail Democrats’ tax loophole closer

    OLYMPIA – There is an axiom in legislating, that when you have the votes to pass something, you shut up and cast them. When you don’t have the votes, you …


  • Kendall Yards gets $350,000 earmark from Washington Legislature

    OLYMPIA – The Kendall Yards development north of the Spokane River would be eligible for $350,000 from the state under an addition to a bill that passed the Senate on …


  • Lawmakers act quickly with marijuana law fix

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature moved swiftly Friday to fix a problem with the state’s new marijuana law that threatened to derail state prosecutions for illegally growing, processing and selling the …


  • New focus on wolves that attack livestock

    OLYMPIA – New rules for dealing with wolf attacks on livestock and domestic animals, which seemed stalled in the Legislature, may be announced as early as today as a result …


  • Pot, as it’s defined, stymies prosecutor

    OLYMPIA – Prosecutions for growing and trafficking marijuana could grind to a halt in Washington, a result of a glitch in a new law, a lack of equipment at the …


  • Washington budgets remain in limbo

    OLYMPIA – With four days left to pass three multibillion-dollar budgets and make the changes in state law that accompany them, House Democrats on Wednesday pushed through a $900 million …


  • Special session likely, Inslee says

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee all but conceded the Legislature will need a special session to finish work on budgets and key issues like education.


  • Bill allowing discussion of autopsies goes to Inslee

    OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s medical examiners may soon have no legal barrier that stops them from talking about the results of investigations into deaths that involve actions by law enforcement …


  • Tax extension for breweries off the table

    OLYMPIA – Some businesses and their customers could see higher taxes starting this summer as the state tries to increase the money it spends on public schools, but beer-makers and …


  • Spin Control: Cutoff threat creates drama in Legislature

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature has a variety of deadlines designed to winnow the thousands of bills introduced in any given session to a few hundred that actually require everyone to …


  • Washington lawmakers face taxing dilemma

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature looked at raising a wide array of taxes Friday. Taxes on beer, on gasoline and on bottled water. On doctors and lawyers, on janitors and on …


  • State statute of limitations extended in child abuse cases

    OLYMPIA – Virginia Graham’s journey to get justice for victims of child sex abuse isn’t over, but after nearly 10 years of pleading and prodding the Legislature she can take …


  • Drunken driver bill facing challenges

    OLYMPIA – Efforts to fast-track a crackdown on repeat drunken drivers, announced with bipartisan fanfare Tuesday, hit some go-slow warnings Thursday from prosecutors, judges and police. They’re raising so many …

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