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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 12:03 a.m.

Body camera exemptions from Public Records Act could be extended

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.

Washington Supreme Court rules that Legislature not yet done on reforming public schools

State Supreme Court tells Legislature it won’t settle for “close enough” on school reforms.


At the ballot box, taxpayers say repeal new taxes

Voters advise lawmakers to repeal the taxes they enacted earlier this year, but Legislature isn’t required to do it.


Spin Control: Some answers to questions about those advisory votes on the ballot

Three advisory measures sit atop the ballot for Washington voters.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Lawmakers to WSU: Take action against College Republicans

A group of Democratic lawmakers want Washington State University to take stronger actions against College Republicans to ensure minority students feel safe on campus.


Spin Control: Facts secondary in jousting over special session and Amazon

When the argument doesn’t fit the facts, some people make the facts fit the argument.


Lawmakers didn’t finish job on school reform, lawyer argues

Attorneys challenge the state’s claim that Legislature has met its obligation to improve public education.


August brings more news than usual in Washington capital

The dog days of summer are being interrupted by more news than usual.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

Lawmakers’ expenses for Washington’s special sessions topped $445,000

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.

No movement on $4 billion construction budget or water-rights law

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.

Washington lawmakers to court: Promise kept on education

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 …


State gets tougher on DUI and domestic violence in new laws taking effect today

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 record-long session with work undone

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.

Impasse over water rights bill means $4 billion state construction budget unlikely to get vote

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.

‘Put the cellphone down’ law starts Sunday

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.

New Washington budget boosts money for special education programs

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 state prison director stalled as Inslee, Padden disagree over prison oversight

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.

Funding for EWU, SCC projects remains stalled in Washington Legislature over water rights law

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.


Spin Control: Maybe Washington should change the rules for writing its budget

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.

Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam

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 …


Inslee vetoes manufacturers’ tax break connected to budget

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.

State sets up new department for families

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.

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

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.

Paid family and medical leave fast tracked through Legislature

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.

After midnight: $4 billion Capital Budget in limbo over water rights dispute

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.

Shutdown averted as $43.7 billion state budget passed and signed

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.

Legislature passes $43.7 billion budget, and taxes to pay for it; Inslee signs before midnight

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.

Washington Legislature plays beat the clock on historic budget, school changes

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.

What’s in Washington 2017-19 budget deal? Public might not see until Friday morning

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.

Longest Washington budget talks with no deal

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 …