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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: 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: 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: 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 …


Gun legislation passes key House panel

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


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, …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

Washington House votes to end net pens

House passes its own version of a bill to end fish farms with non-native species in Washington waters.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Both sides in Senate look for property tax relief in last 3 weeks

Senate Republicans say extra money in the state coffers should mean property tax relief. Democrats say they’ll get a chance to vote on to vote on some type of relief …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

Senate approves extra $500,000 for fairs

Senate unanimously approves spending more state money on county and local fairs.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Senate votes to end death penalty in Washington

Senate votes to replace death penalty with life without parole in all cases.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

John Kerry visits Olympia to tout Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax plan

Former Secretary of State John Kerry urges legislators to approve a carbon tax to reduce pollution and fight climate change.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Rep. Timm Ormsby rolls Jeep, charged with DUI

Rep. Timm Ormsby charged in Olympia with driving under the influence after rolling his Jeep.