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Stories tagged: 2019 Washington Legislature


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Expanded programs, new taxes in House Democrats’ budget proposal

House Democrats’ budget calls more spending on schools, mental health and college scholarships, plus new taxes to help pay for it.


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

Effort to move to all-year daylight saving time gaining steam in Congress as Patty Murray backs effort

It appears that state lawmakers would prefer to go on permanent daylight saving time. Can that lead to a nationwide switch?


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

State operating budget will hit $50 billion for 2019-21, but will it be enough?

The state of Washington expects to collect $50 billion in taxes and fees for its general operations in the next two years. The Legislature will debate how to spend it …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

State expects $850 million revenue boost over next 28 months

State revenues are projected to grow, but Democrats and Republicans see that news differently.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 6:54 a.m.

What do wine, the Seattle Storm and Mount St. Helens have in common? They could soon be celebrated on Washington license plates.

Legislature considers more plates for Washington drivers.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Spokane officials urge lawmakers to keep track of career car thieves – especially the ‘Top 25’

Spokane officials make another pitch for a state program to provide for tighter supervision of auto thieves after they leave prison.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

Senate approves day to honor farm-worker activist Huerta

Senate gives final approval to bill setting aside April 10 and Dolores Huerta Day.


Spin Control: Will a presidential run interfere with governor duties?

Gov. Jay Inslee says he has no plans to resign his seat while running for president.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 9:01 a.m.

Inslee signs bill moving up presidential primary and forcing voters to declare parties

Gov. Jay Inslee signs presidential primary law.


Native voting rights law signed

Tribal members in Washington will have an easier time registering to vote and casting ballots under a law signed Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

Health care measures pass legislative hurdles before deadline

Proposals to study universal health care and a new psychiatric hospital for the University of Washington in Seattle clear major hurdles in the Legislature.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 6:49 a.m.

Washington Senate approves bill backing permanent daylight saving time

Senate votes to ask Congress, voters to keep Washington on daylight saving time all year.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 6:52 a.m.

Washington Legislature approves bill to buy back bump stocks for $150 each before they become illegal

Bump-stock buyback program will be quick, if the Legislature agrees to a plan that comes up with the money.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 7:09 a.m.

School bond levies will still need supermajority after Senate rejects constitutional amendement

Senate rejects effort to reduce the supermajority needed to pass school construction bond issues.


Gun rules for child care centers pass Senate

Senate passes restrictions on guns in day care centers.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Senate approves guarantee, new name for state Need Grant

Senate votes to give state Need Grant program more money, change its name and its requirements.


Native American voting assistance passes Legislature

Some unique challenges tribal members face in voting could be removed under a bill that received final legislative approval Friday.


Spin Control: Washington Democrats may not use presidential primary to award delegates

Legislative Democrats change Washington presidential primary so the results can be used to pick the nominee. Will state party use it?


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Washington state House votes for permanent daylight saving time

Not happy about losing an hour’s sleep to daylight saving time? Legislature is trying to do away with the semi-annual clock change.


House approves new plan for health insurance

House passes proposal to set up affordable health insurance plans for individuals within 500 percent of the poverty level.


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

WSU plans to add 20 students to Spokane medical school faces budget hurdle

Washington State University’s plan to increase enrollment at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine caught in budget negotiations.


House, Senate pass help for orcas

House and Senate pass measures to protect orcas.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 7:13 a.m.

Senate passes plastic bag ban

Bill would ban single-use plastic grocery bags, require stores to charge 8 cents for paper or reusable replacements.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions

In a late-night session, the House approves proposal to remove personal and philosophical exemptions to children getting the measles vaccine from state law.


Car thieves could face community supervision after prison

Convicted car thieves could be placed in community supervision after being released from prison as part of an effort to keep them from going back stealing again.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Emergency homeless ‘camps’ would be exempt from some state rules

Local governments could set up homeless “camps” in an emergency without following some state environmental rules, under a Senate-approved bill.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Lawmakers vote to make license plates easier for Gold Star families

Legislature could change the rules for Gold Star license plates.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Bill would set lower pressure standards for trains carrying oil

Trains carrying crude oil through Spokane and the rest of the state to Washington refineries would have to keep it under lower pressure under a bill supporters say will reduce …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

Washington presidential primary heads to March

The Washington House sends Gov. Jay Inslee a bill to change Washington’s presidential primary to March and require voters declare their party affiliation.


GOP stalls energy bill vote, gives Inslee a win

Senate Republicans’ maneuver gave Gov. Jay Inslee a win just as he was announcing his run for president.