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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Task force looks at public records versus private information

Task force grapples with protecting private information from constituents as it reviews public records law.


Spin Control: Rep. Shea should keep his seat on the Public Records task force

Calling reporters “dirty, godless, hateful” shouldn’t disqualify Matt Shea from serving on a legislative task force on the Public Records Act.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

State Rep. Matt Shea calls journalists ‘dirty, godless, hateful.’ GOP leader says he remains qualified for task force.

Rep. Matt Shea will push for more openness in legislative records despite his criticism of the news media, House GOP leader says.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Will voters have 1, 2 or no “deadly force” measure on November ballot?

Washington Supreme Court to decide whether an initiative on the police use of deadly force must go on the November ballot by itself, with an alternative version, or not at …


Net neutrality ends nationwide, remains in Washington

Federal net neutrality rules ended Monday, but any changes in Washington could be quickly challenged by a new state law.


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Legislature met its duty on public schools, Supreme Court says

Washington Supreme Court says Legislature has complied with orders to meet a constitutional duty to provide for better schools.


Ormsby pleads guilty to reckless driving in rollover crash

State Rep. Timm Ormsby pleads guilty to reckless driving after rolling his Jeep and being charged with DUI.


Legislature needs special session to make schools safer, senator says

Senate leader calls for special legislative session to improve school safety.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 10 p.m.

I-940 should go on the ballot, but not the changes, judge rules

Initiative 940 should go on the November ballot, but not the changes the Legislature approved, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled Friday


Washington trots out new weapon for cities in the fight against ‘zombie’ properties

New law will help the city of Spokane clean up abandoned properties that are becoming a nuisance.


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

To spot a true service dog, check its behavior – not its vest

A new law on service animals will hinge on behavior and training, because few owners put the time and money to turn their pet into a specially trained service dog.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Lawmakers to court: We did what you ordered on school reforms

Committee says the Legislature has complied with state Supreme Court order to meet its duty and give adequate financial support to public schools.


New Washington law aims to help find missing Native American women

New law helps to coordinate investigations among law enforcement agencies to help find more missing Native American women.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Spin Control: Washington’s Capitol dome will get a good scrubbing, but no visitors

The Legislature set aside money for a cleaning of the Capitol dome, but Gov. Jay Inslee nixed a plan to allow visitors up to the top.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

Conversion therapy for LGBT youth banned in Washington state

Washington bans conversion therapy as harmful to LGBT youth.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Inslee signs 5 commissioner bill for Spokane County

Spokane County to go to a five-member board of commissioners in 2022 election.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

Budgets, new laws may satisfy court order on public schools

Budget bills, other changes to state education policies and programs may satisfy Supreme Court order on providing adequate money for public schools.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

Washington bans firefighting chemicals that may cause cancer

Fire-fighting foam with a chemical thought to cause cancer and other health problems will be banned for local fire departments and districts in Washington.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

Police don’t have to release ‘intimate images’ from body cams under bill signed by Inslee

New law on police body cameras better defines “intimate images” that can be withheld under a public records request.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

Indigent offenders to get break on some legal costs

Indigent people can be spared court fees that result from a criminal conviction and can’t be sanctioned for their inability to pay restitution and fines, under a bill signed Tuesday.


Spin Control: Hundreds of bills getting signed into law in Washington state. Here are some of them.

Catching up on some of those “good little bills.”


Passing off a pet as a service animal could result in a fine

New law defines what a service animal is.


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

New gun laws seek to protect victims of domestic violence, prevent suicide

New laws allow courts to take guns away from people who commit domestic violence harassers, voluntary surrender for people who fear they may commit suicide.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:47 a.m.

State looks to increase nurses trained to treat rape victims

Washington looks to increase the number of nurses who can treat sexual assault victims and properly collect evidence of rape.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Students to lawmakers: Act on gun violence or we will boot you out

Students and adults gather on the steps at the state Capitol after school walkouts to protest gun violence.


Students to lawmakers: ‘we will boot you out’ for lack of action on gun violence

Students and adults gather on the steps at the state Capitol after school walkouts to protest gun violence.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 8:01 a.m.

Inslee signs bill requiring prisons and jails to accommodate midwives and doulas for pregnant inmates

Pregnant inmates can receive assistance from midwives and doulas under new law.


Law to give job protection to domestic violence victims

New law will offer employment protections to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.


Marijuana product labels to get a bit less cluttered

Labels for marijuana products to be streamlined slightly with removal of retailer information.