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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.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Washington Voting Rights Act passes Legislature

House gives final approval to the state’s Voting Rights Act.


Residents to Inslee: Veto Legislature’s Public Records exemptions

Gov. Jay Inslee is getting a high volume of calls and emails urging a veto of the new public records laws the Legislature passed for itself last week.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Bump stock ban passes, ‘tactical’ rifle restrictions considered

Legislature passes the bump stock ban as Senate Democrats move to place restrictions on the sale of semi-automatic “tactical” rifles and provide more security for schools.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 6:32 a.m.

Are lawmakers right that their special Public Records law is more transparent?

A way to look at legislators’ claims that they voted for more transparency when they exempted themselves from the Public Records Act that other state and local officials must follow.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Inslee can stand up to Trump, but can he stand up to the Legislature?

If Gov. Jay Inslee was not going to spend Monday vetoing the public records end-run the Legislature granted itself last week, at least he was doing the next best thing.


Spin Control: Two dozen kids massacred by knife in Norway? No way.

When you check out some “facts” on the guns vs. knives argument, they don’t stand up.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

Senate passes its budget, House to vote on its revised plan Monday

Senate passes its supplemental budget for 2017-19 while the House makes major changes for its budget and sets a vote for Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

Bump stock ban passes House

House passes bump stock ban, sends it back to the Senate.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Legislature quickly passes bill exempting itself from much of state Public Records Act

With no debate and in less than an hour, the Senate and House voted overwhelmingly to suspend their usual procedures and exempted themselves from parts of the Public Records Act.


State Senate bill would end time limit on prosecuting child rape

Victims of child molestation and child rape would not run out of time before their assailants can be prosecuted, under a bill passed by a Senate committee Thursday.


Details of the Legislature’s proposal to exempt itself from the Public Records Act

What’s in the proposal to exempt the Legislature from portions of the Public Records Act.


Critics question lawmakers’ proposal to block access to some records

Critics accused the Legislature on Thursday of trying to sneak through a major change in state law that would allow them to hide some of their records from the public.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 8:43 a.m.

Washington bill would crack down on “service animals”

Senate committee approves restrictions on “service animals.”


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 6:55 a.m.

Washington legislators pushing to make some of their records secret

Legislature moves to get around judge’s ruling that they are violating the state Public Records Act.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

State colleges could also ‘ban the box’

Colleges and universities might be required to “ban the box” on student applications.


University athletic budgets could get more scrutiny under Washington House bill

State universities would have to be more public about their athletic spending under a bill sponsored by Sen. Andy Billig.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for restrictions on military style semi-automatic rifles

The Legislature should make it harder to buy a military style, semi-automatic rifle, and require the buyer to be at least 21, Gov. Jay Inslee said.


Help sought for homeless youth, foster children

House panels consider proposals to help for homeless and foster youth.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

Property tax break, capital gains in Democrats’ budget

House Democrats propose budget with property tax break and capital gains tax.


Spokane could be site of special program to reduce vehicle crimes

Spokane officials ask House committee to back a special program to have special supervision of car thieves after they’re released from prison.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Senate budget has tax break, money for schools

Senate Democrats propose a budget with more money for schools, tax break for property owners


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Senate plan would block the public from some voter data

Senate Democrats want to take the month and day of a voter’s birthdate out of what the public can see in the state’s voter database. Here’s why I think that’s …


State looking at $1.3 billion extra from strong economy

Boosted by a strong economy, Washington can expect an extra $1.3 billion in tax revenues over the next three years, legislators were told Thursday. Some could go back to taxpayers, …


Gun legislation passes key House panel

A ban on bump stocks could get a House vote in next