Stories tagged: laws
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 2:20 p.m.
Hungary seeks to punish those who aid illegal migration
A new set of laws would tax and possibly sanction Hungarian groups assisting illegal migration which receive foreign funding, Hungary’s government said Wednesday.
Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 8:20 a.m.
Romanian judges say new laws will stymie prosecutions
Hundreds of Romanian judges and prosecutors protested around the country on Monday over planned modifications to the legal system they say will hamper prosecutions.
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017
Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. B&O tax bashed, Sept. 19, 1959
UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
9th Circuit panel: Minors who enter U.S. illegally may not be confined without hearing
Minors who enter the U.S. without permission must be given a court hearing to determine whether they can be released, a federal appeals court panel decided unanimously Wednesday.
Thu., June 22, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship
The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the government’s ability to strip U.S. citizenship from immigrants for lying during the naturalization process.
UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Congressional spending compromise includes protection for Washington’s marijuana industry
Congress is scheduled to vote on a $1 trillion spending package this week that will keep in place a restriction on the Justice Department from using its share to go …
UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
DHS chief Kelly slams Congress: ‘Shut up’ or change law
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly offered a strong defense Tuesday of the Trump administration’s actions falling under the department’s umbrella, challenging lawmakers who don’t like its enforcement actions to …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Proposal would prohibit Spokane landlords from discriminating against renters for using subsidies
Tenants could not be discriminated against for accepting housing vouchers under a new human rights legislative package the City Council will consider later this month, which also addresses government surveillance, …
UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Virginia Republican introduces bill to end federal marijuana prohibition
A freshman Republican representative from Virginia introduced legislation this week that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use and allow states to fully set their own course on marijuana …
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly
Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state’s toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Lawmakers and Inslee push for more statewide gun measures
Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store their guns safely and would fix what some call a loophole in the …
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 8:54 a.m.
Pence tells House GOP to get ready for sweeping legislation
Vice President-elect Mike Pence told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Thursday to be ready to move a lot of legislation next year.
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Denver first city in U.S. to allow pot in bars, restaurants
Denver has approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing people to use marijuana in bars, restaurants and other public spaces, such as art galleries or yoga studios.
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 4:22 p.m.
Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot this week. It could be the tipping point.
Reform of marijuana laws won in eight of the nine states where it was put on the ballot, the strongest signal to date that the public is ready to embrace …
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, 7:04 a.m.
Indian tribes may be sovereign, but their casinos remain subject to federal scrutiny
A California-based tribe’s recent loss at the National Labor Relations Board could reignite interest in controversial legislation affecting Indian casinos and union workers nationwide.
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 7:11 a.m.
Pullman passes new pot laws
The Pullman City Council adopted new marijuana business regulations Tuesday night with hardly any discussion.
Thu., July 28, 2016, 4:24 p.m.
Roe v. Wade will be overturned if Trump wins, Pence says
GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Thursday predicted that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, would be overturned if Donald Trump is elected president.
Thu., June 30, 2016, 3:32 p.m.
California gun control bills sent to governor
Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic …
Thu., June 30, 2016, 11:02 a.m.
Cities must make roads safe for bicycles, appeals court rules
A Washington state appeals court has ruled cities must provide safe roadways for all traffic, including bicycles.
Thu., June 30, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
Judge: 14K cases possibly affected by tainted lab work
Nearly 15,000 drug cases might have been undermined after a forensic lab technician was accused of shoddy work, according to a New Jersey judge.
Mon., April 18, 2016, 10:39 a.m.
Supreme Court to decide whether tribal convictions count
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether tribal convictions for domestic violence can count as previous convictions under federal law if the defendant didn’t have …
Thu., April 14, 2016, 9:22 a.m.
Planners want to open Pullman to pot
The Pullman Planning Commission appeared to reach a consensus Wednesday night that the city should follow the state’s lead and make many more areas of the city open to marijuana …
Tue., March 15, 2016, 11:29 a.m.
Marijuana retailers ready to make move into Yakima if ban is reversed
The Yakima City Council will consider lifting its ban on marijuana businesses in May.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 1:43 p.m.
Cockfighting could be a felony in home of fighting Gamecocks
In a state where the flagship university’s mascot is a fighting gamecock, some legislators are trying to toughen the penalties for cockfighting, which is illegal in all 50 states.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Washington Legislature: What’s alive, dead?
Nearing the halfway point of the 60-day Washington legislative session, here are some other bills that still can pass, and others that appear to be dead.
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013, 7:40 a.m.
Pot, guns and paparazzi: New laws run gamut in US
The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:
Sat., Dec. 21, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger gets it right on role of law enforcement
In less remarkable times, it might be less remarkable to hear a sheriff – a GOP sheriff in an ultra-red county, no less – remark that his job is enforcing …
Tue., May 28, 2013, 2:01 p.m.
Colorado marijuana regulations signed into law
DENVER — Colorado now has a set of laws to regulate and tax recreational marijuana. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed six pot bills into law today. The laws cover how marijuana …