Stories tagged: Andy Billig
Tue., March 1, 2016, 12:02 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Washington Legislature is OK with political dark money
Another year, another death for Andy Billig’s attempt to shine more light on dark money in state politics. This year, instead of a proposal that drew support in both houses …
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 5:44 p.m.
Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix
The Senate approved a bill to set up a task force that would come up with a plan next year to meet court mandated obligations to public schools.
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
Senate approves bill to pay for charter schools with lottery money
Senate Republicans moved to keep charter schools open with Lottery money in an effort to find a system that would pass muster with the Supreme Court.
Fri., Aug. 14, 2015
State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding
OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the …
Fri., July 10, 2015
Senate OKs delaying I-1351
OLYMPIA – With no votes to spare, the Senate on Thursday mustered the super-majority needed to suspend parts of the citizen initiative requiring smaller class sizes. With that vote and …
Fri., June 26, 2015
Washington’s budget likely to go down to wire
OLYMPIA – With the clock ticking down to a partial state government shutdown, several options emerged Thursday that would “keep the lights on and the parks open,” as the Senate’s …
Thu., May 21, 2015
Spokane teachers approve May 27 strike
Spokane Public Schools teachers and staff voted Wednesday to have a one-day walkout on May 27 to protest a lack of state funding for schools. More than 65 percent of …
Tue., April 28, 2015
Spokane City Council approves buying land for bridge
Supporters call it iconic and necessary, detractors use terms unfit for print, but the University District bicycle and pedestrian bridge inched closer to construction Monday as the Spokane City Council …
Thu., April 23, 2015
Campaign finance bill dies in Senate
OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform bill that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight between the two caucuses in the …
Sat., April 18, 2015
Competing plans on how to fix school taxes get airing
OLYMPIA – A proposed change in the way school districts levy property taxes and help pay their teachers was described by Republican supporters as “revenue neutral” when introduced this week. …
Thu., March 26, 2015
WSU medical school in Spokane gets Senate OK
OLYMPIA – Washington State University should soon have the authority to start a new medical school on its Spokane campus. The question now is, will it have the money to …
Thu., March 12, 2015
Washington Senate passes disclosure bill aimed at nonprofits
OLYMPIA – Many nonprofit organizations that give $25,000 or more to political campaigns in Washington would have to disclose their largest donors, under a bill the Senate passed unanimously on …
Fri., March 6, 2015
Spokane woman to be honored for role in WWII Dutch Resistance
A Spokane great-grandmother will be honored in Olympia next week for her work as a teenage Dutch Resistance operative during World War II. Carla Olman Peperzak, 91, helped hide approximately …
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
‘Sheena’s Law’ a lifesaver, dad says
OLYMPIA – Six months after Sheena Henderson was shot and killed by her estranged husband at Deaconess Hospital, her father is urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that he …
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
GOP rule makes passage of new taxes tougher
OLYMPIA – Any new tax in Washington will require support from at least two-thirds of the Senate under a rule change Republicans pushed through the chamber in the early hours …
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Inslee carbon tax plan would help complete North Spokane freeway
SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The …
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014, 8:25 p.m.
Inslee’s proposed carbon tax would extend North Spokane freeway
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.
Tue., Nov. 25, 2014
AG’s office: No consent needed for body cameras
The cameras that will soon be worn by all Spokane police officers on patrol may continue rolling without consent in most cases, the Washington attorney general’s office announced Monday. Most …
Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
Cops, cameras a gray area
Spokane police officers wearing body cameras as part of the department’s pilot program will stop recording in private residences if asked by the home’s occupant, police Chief Frank Straub said …
Fri., Feb. 21, 2014
Shedding light on dark money a struggle in Rodney Tom’s world
However things go in Olympia this session, no one can say the leaders of the Senate haven’t contributed something to the state. They stood up for secrecy in big-money politics.
Sat., Feb. 15, 2014
Washington Legislature advances school bills
OLYMPIA – Washington schools would be required to protect students against emotional bullying, keep more data on homeless students and test whether extra days would help students retain more from …
Sat., Jan. 11, 2014
Washington lawmaker takes aim at summer learning gap
Swimming, riding bikes or playing video games all summer might sound like fun for a kid, but the consequences of setting aside learning for 11 or 12 weeks are profound. …
Wed., Sept. 25, 2013
Tuition freeze is baby step in right direction for lawmakers
Classes start today at Eastern Washington University. While every new school year brings a sense of hope and new beginnings, this year also brings something that is virtually unheard of …
Sat., April 13, 2013
Small theaters get Senate’s approval to sell beer, wine
OLYMPIA – Small theaters would be able to sell beer and wine during movies under a bill that narrowly passed the Senate on Friday. Over objections from some senators that …
Fri., April 12, 2013, 6:13 p.m.
Alcohol OK in family theaters under Senate-approved bill
OLYMPIA – Small theaters would be able to sell beer and wine during movies under a bill that narrowly passed the Senate today.
Fri., March 15, 2013
State Senate passes asbestos labeling
OLYMPIA – People buying supplies for a home remodeling project might not realize that they have asbestos in them. The state Senate says the product should say so right on …
Sat., Dec. 15, 2012
No easy fix to halt violence
In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama promised action to prevent future mass shootings in response to Friday’s killings at a Connecticut elementary school. In crafting potential policy …
Fri., Dec. 14, 2012, 5:16 p.m.
Spokane officials consider response to school shooting
In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama promised action to prevent future mass shootings in response to Friday’s mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school. In crafting possible …
Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
Statewide report grades lawmakers on racial equity
Republican lawmakers from Spokane and Eastern Washington received failing grades in a new statewide report on racial equity issued by a liberal-leaning organization. Only Democratic state Rep. Andy Billig from …
Wed., Nov. 7, 2012
Democrats holding edge in Legislature
Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than …