Stories tagged: 2017 Washington Legislature
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 12:03 a.m.
Some people recorded by police body cameras would continue have their privacy protected when that footage is sought as a public record under a proposal being considered by the Senate.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
State Supreme Court tells Legislature it won’t settle for “close enough” on school reforms.
Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 7:01 p.m.
Voters advise lawmakers to repeal the taxes they enacted earlier this year, but Legislature isn’t required to do it.
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
Three advisory measures sit atop the ballot for Washington voters.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:05 p.m.
A group of Democratic lawmakers want Washington State University to take stronger actions against College Republicans to ensure minority students feel safe on campus.
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017
When the argument doesn’t fit the facts, some people make the facts fit the argument.
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017
Attorneys challenge the state’s claim that Legislature has met its obligation to improve public education.
Sun., Aug. 20, 2017
The dog days of summer are being interrupted by more news than usual.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
The Legislature’s three special sessions prompted legislators to file per diem claims for more than $445,000 in expenses. But the amount claimed varies widely.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
Capital construction budget remains stalled as lawmakers continue search for a change to state water law that can pass both chambers
UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:06 p.m.
A special committee says the Legislature has fulfilled its promise to enact school reforms. Not so fast, says an attorney for families who successfully sued the state over inadequate support …
Sun., July 23, 2017
Tougher laws on driving under the influence, domestic violence and gun background checks take effect on Sunday, along with scores of others.
UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Legislature ends its third special session without passing a $4 billion construction budget or a major change in water rights law.
UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Lawmakers reached an agreement on a $4 billion construction budget but almost certainly will not vote on it Thursday, the last day of the special session. There’s no deal on …
UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 11:40 p.m.
Washington becomes one of the toughest states in the country Sunday for people who do anything behind the wheel with their cell phones.
UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
Spokane Public Schools will get an extra $3 million for special education students thanks to a change in state funding.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
Confirmation of the new head of the Department of Corrections was stalled Tuesday in a disagreement over independent oversight of the agency between Gov. Jay Inslee and the Spokane Valley …
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:15 p.m.
Lawmakers continue to discuss a way to break the logjam over the capital budget and a change to state water rights law but have no votes scheduled yet.
Sun., July 9, 2017
Some ideas to avoid the threat of a government shutdown the next time an operating budget is written.
UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:44 p.m.
Some $114 million in state construction projects for the Spokane area, including a new science building on the Eastern Washington University campus, are in jeopardy this week as the Legislature …
Fri., July 7, 2017, 5:44 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes a tax break for many Washington manufacturing companies that would give them the same low rate as Boeing. Senate Republicans say that’s going back on budget …
UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Washington will combine parts of several agencies into a new Department of Children, Youth and Families.
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.
Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.
UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Historic paid family and medical leave bill moved quickly through the Legislature with much emotion, much less fanfare.
UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:20 p.m.
Some $4 billion in construction projects remain in limbo as the Legislature entered a new fiscal year Saturday morning without passing a capital construction budget or settling a major water …
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Legislature passes 2017-19 operating budget and a major revision to the property tax system on the last day of the fiscal year to stave off a partial government shutdown.
UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 1:50 a.m.
Washington lawmakers began the heavy lifting Friday morning of passing a $43.7 billion budget and staving off a partial government shutdown before midnight.
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
Record Washington budget and major change in public school policy come up for a vote Friday. Budget must pass and be signed by midnight to avoid a partial government shutdown.
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 5:11 p.m.
Legislative leaders reached a deal on the 2017-19 operating budget, apparently averting a possible government shutdown that would start Saturday.
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Legislators have gone later than ever without at least an agreement “in principle” on the budget needed to keep the state running after June 30. They also lack agreement on …