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Washington expands voting and campaign laws

Washington will allow residents to register later, easier and pre-register younger under a series of bills signed Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Senate passes 5 county commissioners bill with ‘tweak’

Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.


Critics question lawmakers’ proposal to block access to some records

Critics accused the Legislature on Thursday of trying to sneak through a major change in state law that would allow them to hide some of their records from the public.


University athletic budgets could get more scrutiny under Washington House bill

State universities would have to be more public about their athletic spending under a bill sponsored by Sen. Andy Billig.


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.


Spokane influence played out in recommendation against Vancouver Energy Terminal

Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to reject a permit for a massive oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River was influenced by local residents’ worries about the potential for an oil train …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Greater campaign information required by bills

State residents would know more about parties who spend money for campaign ads under two bills heard by a Senate panel Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

WSU grad students sound off on GOP tax plan

Washington State University graduate students gathered Wednesday to mount some last-minute opposition to the Republican tax plan that’s barreling through Congress.


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, 9:31 a.m.

Democrats take control of Washington State Senate

Control of Senate switches to Democrats with Manka Dhingra’s win in a suburban King County district.


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One

City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Shutdown averted as $43.7 billion state budget passed and signed

Legislature passes 2017-19 operating budget and a major revision to the property tax system on the last day of the fiscal year to stave off a partial government shutdown.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:31 a.m.

Washington Legislature plays beat the clock on historic budget, school changes

Record Washington budget and major change in public school policy come up for a vote Friday. Budget must pass and be signed by midnight to avoid a partial government shutdown.


Washington Legislature likely to end regular session quietly Sunday, go into OT Monday

With a budget agreement far off, Legislature could go into an overtime session as early as Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

Can Washington Legislature finish budget in time? Doesn’t look likely

With 10 days left in the regular session, Democrats and Republicans seemed moving inexorably toward a budget impasse that will force them into overtime for the seventh time in eight …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Dispute over tax vote stalling Washington 2017-19 budget talks

Argument over the conditions for the start of serious budget negotiations makes a special session increasingly likely.


Senate votes to move the Washington presidential primary to early March

Senate votes to move up Washington’s presidential primary to early March.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

$30 billion in new taxes get theatrical GOP support in Washington Senate

In a bit of partisan theater, Senate Republicans vote yes on an estimated $30 billion in taxes that they really don’t support.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

State Republican education funding proposal jeopardizes poorest students, Spokane educators say

A public school funding proposal unveiled by state Republicans earlier this month may reduce the amount of money Spokane’s poorest schools receive, according to district administrators.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Washington Senate could vote on major school changes this week

Republicans push their proposed overhaul of public school funding and policies toward a vote in the full Senate.


Spin Control: Spin Control: Success in the Washington Senate requires counting to 25

In the Senate, 25 is the magic number.


Bill would let Spokane officials order railroads to go slower through downtown area

City or state officials could require slower rail speeds through downtown Spokane under a bill introduced Wednesday.


Washington school salaries hard to compare

Comparing pay for teachers and other public school employees around Washington is difficult, experts tell lawmakers as the Legislature tries to figure out how much the state must spend to …


Spokane lawmakers could be in strong positions in 2017 Legislature

Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.


Incumbents, Republican Mike Volz preferred by voters in state legislative contests

Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated …


Fear and loathing as local Democrats watch Trump take battleground states

As a sea of red states blipped onto three giant projector screens, the crowded ballroom of Spokane’s Lincoln Center became a sea of grimacing faces.


In race for central Spokane senate seat, incumbent Andy Billig faces Libertarian James Apker in friendly contest

There can be a lot of vitriol in American politics, but a race for a seat in the Washington State Senate has been amicable, mostly. “It’s refreshing that we have …


Charter school “fix” sent to Gov. Jay Inslee

A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.