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UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Eyman sues over Legislature’s changes to I-940

Initiative activist Tim Eyman challenges legislative maneuver that changes Initiative 940 without putting it on the ballot.


9 important topics the Washington Legislature tackled in 2018

Legislature tackled many issues in its 60-day session, but didn’t wrestle all of them to the ground


Spin Control: How I-940 could become law with changes already on the books

How the Legislature undid parts of Initiative 940 before it becomes law.


Washington legislators say it’s high time to get rid of daylight saving time

Some Washington legislators want to get rid of daylight saving time.


Washington lawmakers send Inslee $1.2 billion supplemental budget

Legislature passes $1.2 billion supplemental budget with extra money for public school salaries, a property tax cut in 2019 and no new taxes.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 11:24 p.m.

Washington Legislature calls it quits for 2018

Legislature adjourns Thursday night.


Deadly force initiative moves forward in Washington legislature

Legislature could pass deadly force initiative and a bill to change a day later.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Washington Senate Democrats try to push through property tax break for 2019

Senate Democrats propose a property tax break for 2019 that Republicans say is too small and unconstitutional.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Inslee signs bump stock ban

Gov. Jay Inslee signs bump stock ban, but the Senate delays a debate over new restrictions on semi-automatic rifles and school security measures.


Legislature bans worker non-disclosure agreements for sexual assault

Washington workers couldn’t be forced to sign non-disclosure agreements about sexual assault or harassment.


Senate resolution takes shot at Inslee

Senate resolution attempts to mock Gov. Jay Inslee after his veto of Legislature’s effort to exempt itself from the Public Records Act


Legislature votes to ban cancer-causing foam used to fight fires

Cancer-causing chemicals like the ones threatening West Plains water supplies would be banned for firefighters starting in 2020.


Better health care coverage for Marshallese pass Legislature

More Pacific Islanders, including those from the Marshall Islands, would have access to healthcare under a bill that received final approval in the Senate.


Senate resolution takes shot at Inslee

Senate resolution attempts to mock Gov. Jay Inslee after his veto of Legislature’s effort to exempt itself from the Public Records Act.


Voluntary waiver of gun rights gets final approval

Washington residents who are suicidal or otherwise in mental distress could voluntarily surrender their right to possess or buy firearms.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 7:03 a.m.

Washington’s net neutrality law is nation’s first

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Washington net neutrality bill.


Spin Control: House GOP refused to vote on home health care worker bill

When not talking led to not voting in the House last week.


House gives final OK to bill increasing Spokane County Commission to five seats

Spokane County five-commissioner bill sent to Gov. Jay Inslee.


Lawmakers funnel millions into opioid fight

Legislature takes aim at opioid addiction with a variety of programs.


Ban the Box clears last hurdle in Legislature

Washington businesses would not be able to ask new job applicants if they have a criminal record under legislation that received final legislative approval Saturday.


Every pet isn’t a service animal, Washington Legislature says

Legislature puts limits on what can be called a service animal.


‘Bill of rights’ for student borrowers passes Washingon House

House gives final approval to protections for college students from predatory loan practices.


Washington Legislature keeps rules for body cam images

Rules for the release of images from police body cameras will remain in place.


Spokane Valley council members fear amendment from Rep. Matt Shea could imperil Barker Road bridge project

An amendment put forth by Rep. Matt Shea for the Washington State Senate 2017-19 transportation budget could potentially put the Spokane Valley’s Barker Road grade separation project in jeopardy.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes bill exempting Legislature from Public Records Act

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes the Legislature’s special exemptions to the Public Records Act


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Route 395 to be name Foley Memorial Highway

Senate gave final approval to a plan to name U.S. Highway 395 as a memorial to former Rep. Tom Foley.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Panel approves changes for semi-auto rifle restrictions

Supporters of restrictions and tougher background checks for semi-automatic “assault” weapons make changes to bill in effort to get it to pass.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Baumgartner to run for Spokane County treasurer

Sen. Mike Baumgartner will run for Spokane County treasurer rather than seek a third term in Legislature.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Senate passes 5 county commissioners bill with ‘tweak’

Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.