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  • Bill eases rules on autopsy comments

    OLYMPIA – Medical examiners would have permission to discuss their conclusions from the autopsies for people killed during law enforcement actions under a bill that passed the state Senate unanimously …


  • State lawmakers attempt to reform ‘failing’ schools, end old mandates

    OLYMPIA – The Senate spent part of a second day making changes to the state’s education laws Thursday, approving a plan to identify and change “persistently failing” schools and another …


  • House backs revamping election laws

    OLYMPIA – Some would-be voters would have more time to register online, and younger ones could preregister as early as age 16 under election law changes approved Thursday by the …


  • Lawmakers, staffers hold after-hours jams

    OLYMPIA – Once the committee hearing rooms have gone silent and activity in the Capitol has ceased for the night, a small group of Olympia insiders assembles in a nearby …


  • Washington Supreme Court rejects tax initiative

    OLYMPIA – Legislators have waited months for the Washington Supreme Court to answer a political question that has roiled the state for two decades: Can voters force them to round …


  • GOP set to block higher gasoline tax

    OLYMPIA – Legislative Republicans say they will block any proposed gas tax increase or other new fees on vehicles until the state makes major reforms in the way it builds …


  • For lawmakers, supermajority a taxing constitutional debate

    OLYMPIA – A proposed constitutional amendment gave a Senate panel another chance to argue whether democracy is helped or hurt by requiring legislative supermajorities to approve tax increases. Definitely helped, …


  • Gun clubs say state overtaxes skeet shooting

    OLYMPIA – Nonprofit gun clubs say they want the state to stop double-taxing them for the targets that skeet shooters use. A club pays a sales tax when it buys …


  • Vestal: Bill stood slim chance, unlike fired cops, it seems

    It’s official: If a cop lies or commits a crime, it’s not necessarily a firing offense. The Washington Legislature’s cool with that.


  • Spin Control: Gun legislation facing uncertain Capitol future

    OLYMPIA – The massacre of first-graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut may result in some major national gun-control legislation this year. Too soon to tell. But it …


  • Abortion rights legislation shows two houses clearly divided in Olympia

    OLYMPIA – Democrats in Washington’s House of Representatives passed an abortion-rights bill Friday, sending it to the Senate, where Republicans have refused to hold hearings on identical proposals. The handling …


  • Bill plants the seed for hemp farming

    OLYMPIA – The cannabis plant could provide Washington state with two new agricultural crops: one for smoking and one making rope and fabric. Different strains of the plant would be …


  • Money would be used to extend North Spokane corridor

    OLYMPIA – The North Spokane corridor is among the beneficiaries of the Legislature’s latest bid to boost gas taxes and other fees. The long-running road construction project – sometimes called …


  • Gun check bill clears key House committee

    OLYMPIA – A bill requiring almost all gun buyers in Washington to undergo a background check passed a key House panel Tuesday and will likely be part of a package …


  • Out & About: Obama gun frenzy pays conservation dividend

    Obama gun flap boosts habitat OUTTAX – State fish and wildlife agencies across the country are direct beneficiaries of the unprecedented spike in firearms sales spurred by President Obama’s 2008 …


  • Police bill turns personal

    OLYMPIA – The fight over who decides what can get a police officer fired prompted a legislative hearing that pitted beat cops against their chiefs and provoked Spokane County Sheriff …


  • Bill would extend signature gathering time on initiatives

    OLYMPIA – As state law enforcement officials began investigating more than 8,000 allegedly forged signatures for a pair of ballot measures, a legislative panel looked at changes to the initiative …


  • Gov. Jay Inslee offers jobs outline

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee added some specifics to his campaign themes of generating more jobs in key industries, releasing a package Wednesday of tax breaks and spending projects designed …


  • What would Jesus do about gun control?

    OLYMPIA – What would Jesus do about gun control? A debate between a Spokane Valley legislator and a Seattle minister essentially posed that question Wednesday in a packed hearing on …


  • Washington school safety funding wins OK

    OLYMPIA – Washington state would spend $10 million over the next two years to protect schools as part of a construction proposal that moved quickly through the state Senate on …


  • Bill eases autopsy disclosures

    OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow law enforcement officials to discuss details of autopsies from officer-involved shootings cleared its first hurdle Friday. Senate Bill 5256 is designed to address a …


  • Hundreds rally for guns in Olympia

    OLYMPIA – Second Amendment activists came well-armed Friday to a Capitol Campus rally, where Washington legislators promised to protect broad access to firearms and speakers denounced President Barack Obama and …


  • Tax vote law could be made permanent

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature should honor the “will of the people” and cement the requirement for a supermajority to raise taxes into the state constitution, Republican senators said Thursday. They …


  • Medical pot could soon be taxed

    Some lawmakers in Olympia say Washington state needs to tax sales of medical marijuana, just as it will tax sales of recreational marijuana if and when legal sales begin in …


  • Native American Heritage Day proposed as holiday name

    OLYMPIA – The day after Thanksgiving would no longer be Black Friday or leftover turkey day in Washington state under a proposal approved unanimously Tuesday by a House committee. Instead, …


  • Proposal opens up State Need Grant

    OLYMPIA –Young adults who came to the United States with their parents as children and were raised and educated here would be eligible for some state college aid under a …


  • Motorcyclists want state helmet law repealed

    OLYMPIA – Motorcyclists made their annual plea to the Legislature to let them ride without helmets in Washington state, citing everything from accident statistics to the Constitution in an effort …


  • Child rape statute of limitations may be extended

    OLYMPIA – Washington may extend the statute of limitations on cases of child rape, making it possible to convict some predators after their victims grow up. But victims of sexual …


  • Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

    Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …


  • Senate panel hears training wage bill

    OLYMPIA – Washington state has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, but a new bill being considered by lawmakers would allow some employers to pay a lower “training …


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