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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.

Program to monitor motor vehicle felons proposed for Spokane

Spokane could be the site of a new program to keep better tabs on convicted car thieves after they get released from prison.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 12:47 p.m.

Employer’s religious objections shouldn’t block birth control coverage, Senate says

Employers with religious objections to birth control could not keep their workers from having medical insurance that includes that coverage if it also has maternity coverage, a bill narrowly approved …

House passes automatic voter registration bill

House approves its own version of automatic voter registration that’s different from the Senate.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Senate passes plan to set up new way to manage home care workers

After a late-night debate and a two-day delay, Senate approves proposal to set up a new way to manage and set salaries for some home care workers.

Lawmakers vote to end discrimination against renters who use government assistance

Senate and House each approve bills that would prevent landlords from refusing to rent to people who use government assistance vouchers.

House backs net neutrality in Washington

House overwhelmingly approves net neutrality bill.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Domestic violence harassers could lose gun rights

Senate votes to take guns away from people convicted of domestic violence harassment.

Senate backs health care aid for Marshallese

Senate votes to extend health care benefits to Marshall Island natives living in Washington.

State lawmakers look to phase Atlantic salmon net pens out of Puget Sound

Senate votes to phase out net pens with non-native species and Inslee says he supports the move.

Surrogate mothers could be paid more than their expenses under Senate bill

Washington would allow surrogate mothers to be paid more than just their expenses under changes to state law defining parental rights approved by the Senate.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Washington House votes to ‘Ban the Box’

Washington employers wouldn’t be able to have a prospective workers fill out an application that asks if they’ve been arrested under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

Democrats, Republicans take different views of Trump offshore oil lease proposal

Democrats continue to challenge President Trump’s proposal to expand offshore oil leases, but Republicans say it’s no problem because there’s no oil off the Washington coast.

Spin Control: Legislature taking aim at the initiative process

Legislature looks at possible changes to the initiative process.

Democrats push Reproductive Parity Act through state Senate

Medical insurance plans in Washington that offer maternity coverage would also have to cover abortions and contraception under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

Proposal renaming Appleway Trail in honor of former Sen. Bob McCaslin takes Valley council members by surprise

A proposed bill renaming Appleway Trail “Senator Bob McCaslin Trail” was presented at a Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday – much to the surprise of a few council members.

House panel votes for aid to homeless college students

Homeless students in Washington would have more support for housing and living service while attending universities under two bills passed by a legislative committee Wednesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

Panel OKs bill to expand Spokane County commission to 5

A bill that would require Spokane County to expand its board of commissioners to five members passed a key House committee Wednesday.

Lawmakers asked to back Dreamers

Congress should protect “Dreamers,” resolution says.

Washington bill would require concealed weapon carriers to seek permission to bring guns into others’ homes

A person with a concealed pistol license would have to ask permission to bring a gun into another person’s residence under a bill being considered by a Senate committee.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 12:01 a.m.

Bill calls for better warning system for schools

Schools would get more consistent warnings about nearby dangerous events under a Senate proposal.

Spin Control: State looking at ways to increase voters and turnout

The Legislature and Secretary of State Kim Wyman have proposals to increase voter registration. Will it lead to more people casting ballots?

Weighing fate of anti-affirmative action initiative, Legislature debates equal vs. equitable

Legislature considers repealing 1998 initiative banning affirmative action.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Senate votes to ban bump stock devices

The Senate voted to ban “bump stock” devices that can allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire almost as rapidly as an automatic weapon.

State could put limits on development near bases

State may require cities and counties to restrict “incompatible” development near military bases.