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Washington could ban tobacco sales to those under 21

Bill would ban tobacco and vaping sales in Washington to those under 21.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Republicans question motive, cost of Inslee proposals

Republicans say Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State speech was long on new programs without saying how to pay for them.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Inslee: Climate is state’s most ‘imminent threat’

Washington should fight climate change as well as improve schools and the mental health system, Gov. Jay Inslee tells Legislature.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:49 a.m.

Diverse Washington Legislature opens for 2019 session

New Legislature starts session with most diverse membership.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Opponents, supporters of deadly force law, I-940, agree with proposed changes

House panel hears no opposition to changes to deadly force initiative, I-940, that voters approved last November.

Spokane-area legislators for the 2019 session

Contact information for members of the Spokane-area delegation.

Spin Control: Keeping up with the Legislature from afar

It may be easier than ever to keep tabs on what lawmakers are doing over in Olympia.

Spokane-area senators lead both parties as new session starts

Spokane and the rest of Eastern Washington finds itself in an enviably strong position as legislators return to the capital Monday for the 2019 session.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

With events planned across the country, Inslee insists Washington will continue to have his full attention

Gov. Jay Inslee pushed back Thursday against suggestions he won’t have his full attention on Washington when the Legislature starts next Monday.

Spin Control: What’s in store for 2019? Maybe this. Maybe not.

With 2019 stretching before us, Spin Control makes some predictions.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

Eyman-Fagan initiative would eliminate many vehicle license fees, including Spokane’s

Washington voters likely will have the chance to eliminate fees that many cities, including Spokane, use to pay for paving and transit projects. With members of a ready-made opposition campaign …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Manweller submits resignation

State Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Cle Elum, formally resigns his seat.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Inslee task force would study possible dam breaching to help salmon, orcas

A task force to study possible removal of the Snake River dams could generate outsized controversy in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Gov. Inslee proposes major spending boost, new capital gains tax

Gov. Jay Inslee will ask the Legislature for an extra $9.7 billion in spending in the state’s main budget over the next two years to pay for improvements to public …

Spin Control: Task force sends Legislature its thoughts on open records

Task force on legislative public records send off its recommendations. The question remains whether the 2019 Legislature use them as a springboard to more transparency.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Senate investigation of Fain rape allegation canceled

The planned investigation of a legislator accused of a 2007 rape during his re-election campaign was dropped Tuesday amid partisan recriminations.

Lawmakers question safety conditions at exotic dance clubs

Low number of complaints to the state about exotic dance clubs not telling the whole story, dancers tell House committee.

Spin Control: Frank Chopp stepping down, but not away

Frank Chopp, the state’s longest-serving speaker, talked to reporters about the upcoming session and beyond.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Chopp to step down as speaker after 2019

House Speaker Frank Chopp will give up post after the 2019 session.

Kretz, Maycumber named to House GOP leader posts

Reps. Joel Kretz, Jacqueline Maycumber named to leadership posts by House Republicans.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Schoesler re-elected Senate GOP leader

Mark Schoesler named Senate minority leader.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane’s Andy Billig to be Senate majority leader in 2019

Spokane Democrat Andy Billig was named majority leader of the state Senate Monday as members of the caucus gathered to select new leaders for the 2019 session.

Washington Legislature getting bluer in 2019

Democrats make gains in the Washington Legislature.