Stories tagged: Jay Inslee
UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 11:40 p.m.
‘Put the cellphone down’ law starts Sunday
Washington becomes one of the toughest states in the country Sunday for people who do anything behind the wheel with their cell phones.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
Confirmation of state prison director stalled as Inslee, Padden disagree over prison oversight
Confirmation of the new head of the Department of Corrections was stalled Tuesday in a disagreement over independent oversight of the agency between Gov. Jay Inslee and the Spokane Valley …
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:15 p.m.
Funding for EWU, SCC projects remains stalled in Washington Legislature over water rights law
Lawmakers continue to discuss a way to break the logjam over the capital budget and a change to state water rights law but have no votes scheduled yet.
Mon., July 10, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Inslee to become Democratic Governors Association chair
Through the early months of Donald Trump’s presidency, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has attracted national attention as a leading Democratic critic of the White House. Later this year, Inslee will …
UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:44 p.m.
Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam
Some $114 million in state construction projects for the Spokane area, including a new science building on the Eastern Washington University campus, are in jeopardy this week as the Legislature …
Fri., July 7, 2017, 5:44 p.m.
Inslee vetoes manufacturers’ tax break connected to budget
Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes a tax break for many Washington manufacturing companies that would give them the same low rate as Boeing. Senate Republicans say that’s going back on budget …
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: Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Paid family and medical leave fast tracked through Legislature
Historic paid family and medical leave bill moved quickly through the Legislature with much emotion, much less fanfare.
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: Tue., June 27, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Longest Washington budget talks with no deal
Legislators have gone later than ever without at least an agreement “in principle” on the budget needed to keep the state running after June 30. They also lack agreement on …
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:28 p.m.
Budget clock ‘running out,’ Inslee warns, as third special session starts
Legislature starts its third special session with Gov. Jay Inslee vowing to veto a short-term budget.
Fri., June 16, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
Rainbow Flag raised over Capitol
Gov. Jay Inslee helps raise Rainbow
Sun., June 4, 2017, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: Will new climate ‘alliance’ split Blue States against Red?
Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord sets up a new alliance looking for other members. How far it will divide the country is hard to say.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:20 p.m.
Washington Legislature’s first special session ends, second starts
Legislature adjourns from first special session, Gov. Jay Inslee immediately orders a second.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Washington lawmakers heading into second special session
Lawmakers will head into a second special session as they continue to work toward reaching agreement on a two-year state budget that satisfies a state Supreme Court mandate on education …
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 3:49 p.m.
Canada prime minister, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee discuss trade, climate change
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee met to discuss their close ties on topics ranging from trade to climate.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
Washington to drivers: Put the cellphone down, don’t risk fourth DUI
New Washington laws increase penalty for drivers using a smartphone or driving under the influence.
UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Washington transportation budget has $127 million for Spokane projects
The state will spend more than $8 billion in the next two years on roads, bridges and mass transit projects with about $127 million of it coming to Spokane County.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Inslee signs bill to OK fees for electronic public records
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that will allow government agencies to charge fees for electronic copies of records.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 11:01 a.m.
Washington governor signs 12-month birth control refill bill
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would let women get a 12-month refill of their birth control prescriptions instead of a month at the time.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 1:20 p.m.
Inslee signs gun background check notification bill
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that requires the notification of law enforcement and of people with protection orders if someone fails a background check after trying to buy …
Sun., May 7, 2017
Spin Control: With no legislating taking place, bill signings often the only game in town
What’s a capital reporter to do during a special session with no legislators in sight?
UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 7:17 a.m.
Sunscreen becomes legal in Washington schools
Sunscreen taken off the list of things students can’t have at school without a note from a parent and a doctor.
Wed., May 3, 2017, 11:18 a.m.
Inslee urges Southwest Washington to agree on an I-5 Bridge effort
Despite a lukewarm response from across the river after Washington lawmakers approved a measure to address the chronically congested crossing over the Columbia River, Gov. Jay Inslee is hopeful Oregon …
UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 11:11 p.m.
Former Washington Gov. Mike Lowry, also a congressman, dies
Former Gov. Mike Lowry, 78, dies of complications of a stroke.
UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 10:07 p.m.
Inslee vetoes part of bill to help some Washington school districts find new sites
Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoes bill designed to help school districts find affordable sites for new buildings, asks lawmakers to add protections for rural areas.
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Inslee taps longtime employee to head Washington Corrections Department
Department of Corrections employee who rose through the ranks is named to lead it.
Tue., April 25, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
To fight sex trafficking, Gov. Inslee lowers bar to clear prostitution convictions
A bill that would allow victims of sex trafficking to clear a prostitution conviction even if they’ve committed other crimes as a result of being trafficked was signed Tuesday by …
Fri., April 21, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
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.
Mon., April 17, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
ATVs could get OK to cross state highways
All-terrain-vehicle drivers offered a little more freedom on the roadways.