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Stories tagged: 2018 Washington Legislature


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Inslee: Speed up school funding, leave a legacy of a cleaner environment

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for action on climate change, money for education and safer workplaces.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Inslee calls for carbon tax to fight climate change

Gov. Jay Inslee proposes a tax on carbon emissions to raise money for programs to cut pollution.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:41 p.m.

Bill could allow more new wells for domestic use

Landowners could have an easier time getting permits for domestic wells under the latest plan to revise state water law


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Teachers would get help teaching Native American culture

Washington teachers would get help with state-required lessons on Native American culture.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Legislature opens amid protest, calls for action

Facing demands for action on everything from construction to schools to climate change, lawmakers returned Monday to start the 2018 legislative session.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law

The 2018 Legislature faces some familiar issues, including a final fix for public schools, a construction budget left over from last year and a possible tax on carbon pollution.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 1:10 p.m.

Seeking ways to get more voters registered and casting ballots

The Legislature will be asked to consider ways to boost voter registration, participation.


Baumgartner town hall Thursday

Sen. Mike Baumgartner schedules town hall Thursday evening.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 6 p.m.

Susan Hutchison to step down as Washington GOP leader

State GOP Chairman Susan Hutchison announces she’s leaving in February.


Budget guessing game: Where will the money come from?

Waiting for the governor to release his 2018 supplemental budget, critics guessed wrong on where the extra money might come from.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee talks carbon fees, Democratic gains in elections, net neutrality and presidential aspirations

Inslee discussed his budget plan along with other prominent topics in an interview Friday with The Spokesman-Review.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 7:44 a.m.

Inslee’s budget plan calls for carbon tax

Gov. Jay Inslee proposes spending $950 million from state reserves to speed public school improvements and increases to mental health programs.


Price tag for community colleges’ new IT system goes up $45 million

The troubled information technology system for Washington community colleges will cost another $45 million.


Spin Control: Pre-filed bills try to get a jump on session

Pre-filed bills sometimes get legislators started the coming legislative session.


Spin Control: Clash possible over new ‘no concealed guns in Senate Gallery’ rule

Some possible issues ahead for 2018 Legislature: gun rights in the Senate Gallery, censorship of social media, better training against sexual harassment.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 4:21 p.m.

Spokane Valley City Council’s legislative agenda includes parental rights

Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved its 2018 Legislative Agenda, which includes topics to be presented and discussed with 4th District legislators during the upcoming legislative session.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 7:42 a.m.

Billig named to No. 2 leadership post in Senate

Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, named Senate deputy majority leader.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 7:46 a.m.

How Democrats win to take control of Washington Senate will affect 7 issues

Some things that could change now that control of the state Senate will switch from Republican to Democrat in this year’s election.