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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: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

House votes to raise smoking age to 21

In a bipartisan vote, the Washington House agrees to raise age for buying tobacco and vaping products to 21.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:47 p.m.

Schmick, Dye win new terms in southeast Washington’s 9th Legislative District

Republican state Reps. Joe Schmick and Mary Dye have defended their seats representing southeast Washington’s 9th Legislative District.


In 9th District, Schmick facing first Democratic opponent in a decade

For the first time in a decade, a Democrat is challenging state Rep. Joe Schmick for his seat representing southeastern Washington. Matthew Sutherland, a graduate student at Washington State University, …


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


Better health care coverage for Marshallese pass Legislature

More Pacific Islanders, including those from the Marshall Islands, would have access to healthcare under a bill that received final approval in the Senate.


ATVs could get OK to cross state highways

All-terrain-vehicle drivers offered a little more freedom on the roadways.


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Washington House backs new department for children and families

House approves proposal to bring programs for children and families together in one department.


House would ease limits for ATV riders on Washington roads

Bill would make it easier for ATV riders to get into town from an off-road park.


Town of Tekoa condemns proposed closure of John Wayne Trail stretch

Well, pilgrim, we’ve got ourselves a bit of trouble in this here town of Tekoa. A part of the John Wayne Trail might be closed and some folks hereabouts are …


Senate approves plan to allow 75 mph speed limit

OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow the state Department of Transportation to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph will be decided by Gov. Jay Inslee.


Washington House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $12

OLYMPIA – Washington would raise the minimum wage for most workers to $12 an hour by 2019 under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday after a spirited partisan …


Speed limit boost for I-90 stretch gains traction

OLYMPIA – Washington’s speed limit could rise to 75 mph under proposals being considered by the Legislature. One bill to raise highway speed limits was fast-tracked through a House committee …


Washington considers 75 mph speed limit

OLYMPIA – Washington’s speed limit could rise to 75 mph under proposals being considered by the Legislature.


Minimum wage hike, sick leave bills go to House

OLYMPIA – Proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour over four years and require sick leave for most workers passed a key committee Thursday on partisan …


Washington House panel considers ‘ag-gag’ bill

OLYMPIA – An “ag-gag” bill, similar to one passed last year in Idaho to protect farm operations from unapproved video and audio recordings, would hurt whistleblowers and interfere with free …


Some legislators opt to cut pay in solidarity

OLYMPIA – About half of the 15 members of the Spokane-area legislative delegation have volunteered for the same 3 percent pay cut they imposed on state workers. Many who have …


Highway 27 from Tekoa to Rockford designated Scenic Byway

Rockford Mayor Micki Harnois hopes that the new designation of Highway 27 from Rockford to Tekoa as a scenic byway will help boost businesses and tourism in her small south …


House approves bill to limit use of lawn fertilizers containing phosporus

OLYMPIA – Washington homeowners would be restricted from putting fertilizer with phosphorus on healthy lawns under a bill that passed the House Monday. Despite complaints from Republicans that homeowners should …


Washington Legislature, District 9, House Position 2

Solidly Republican, this district has no Democrats on the legislative ballot, although Rep. Joe Schmick, of Colfax, faces an intraparty challenge from Glen Stockwell, who has run unsuccessfully under the …


Costly study didn’t list Pine Lodge for closure

OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in …