Stories tagged: legislature
Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:42 p.m.
Spike in road fatalities sparks Washington state phone ban
Washington state lawmakers just took a big step to change that with a new law signed earlier this week by Gov. Jay Inslee that bans holding a phone or other …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Vermont Legislature first in U.S. to vote to legalize recreational marijuana
Vermont’s Legislature on Wednesday became the first in the country to vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:53 p.m.
Burlington motel’s meth contamination sparks new law
A new state law will take effect July 23 that will allow local governments to evict residents from contaminated buildings.
Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee signs sexual assault protection order bill
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would allow the courts to issue permanent protection orders for victims of sexual assault.
UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:21 p.m.
Abortion, guns, state plane among bills vetoed by Montana governor
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed bills to restrict abortions and the governor’s use of the state airplane, along with another that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons …
Tue., May 2, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Booming Oregon considers landmark law to protect renters
Yesica Sanchez recently found a notice attached to the front door of her two-bedroom apartment that said her rent was almost doubling. The divorced mother held the paper in her …
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 3:31 p.m.
Bills seek link of aerospace tax breaks, state workforce
Frustrated by the loss of thousands of Boeing jobs in recent years, lawmakers are weighing two measures that would tie Boeing’s eligibility for tax breaks to the amount of people …
UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 9:43 p.m.
Bill on Inslee’s desk seeks to combat exploitation of vulnerable adults
Vulnerable adults would be better protected against financial exploitation and neglect in Washington under a new law awaiting the governor’s signature.
UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
Washington governor signs theatrical wrestling bill
Gov. Jay Inslee, sitting alongside masked wrestlers, signed a bill Monday that creates a license for theatrical wrestling schools.
UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017, 8:50 p.m.
Washington state pushes to let kids use sunscreen in school
Washington state lawmakers are pushing forward with a proposal that allows students to use sunscreen at school without a note from a doctor and parent, a rule that six other …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 9:09 a.m.
Idaho governor signs nearly 60 bills into law
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed more than 60 bills into law, including the state’s $1.7 billion public schools budget for next year.
Sat., April 1, 2017, midnight
Werschkul/Hlebain: Boost in caregivers’ pay would spark economy
If Spokane County’s home care workers received an increase to $15 per hour, it would provide an influx of more than $4.8 million dollars into the county’s economy.
Wed., March 29, 2017, 9:52 p.m.
North Carolina lawmakers, governor reach deal to end ‘bathroom bill’ standoff
North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state’s “bathroom bill” through a replacement …
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Washington state granted REAL ID compliance extension
With a deadline looming that could affect Washington residents’ ability to fly domestically, the state has been granted a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:41 p.m.
Montana bill seeks abortion ban on ‘pain-capable’ fetuses
The Montana Senate on Friday advanced a proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called “pain-capable” fetuses.
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
Bills aim to aid job seekers with criminal history
OLYMPIA – Tarra Simmons says she knows all too well what it’s like to have to check a box on a job application that reveals her criminal history to an …
Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:16 p.m.
Otter: Don’t repeal the grocery tax
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says Idaho lawmakers should not repeal the state’s grocery tax, adding that he sees no reason to change the current system.
Sun., March 12, 2017, 3:40 p.m.
Teachers, parents and legislators gather for school funding forum
Two hundred educators and their allies turned out Saturday morning for a public school funding forum and rally at Roosevelt Elementary School in Vancouver. They told a panel of local …
UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 11:28 p.m.
Montana bill aims to restrict media’s publication of accident photos
Tears welled as Maura Gruber recounted Friday how she learned that the love of her life had perished in a traffic accident. Social media delivered her the news on that …
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 8:46 p.m.
Montana Justice Department wants a state morgue in Billings
The Montana Department of Justice would like to have a state morgue in Billings as part of its effort to improve medical examiner services for the eastern part of the …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 7:11 p.m.
Group files initiative on transgender bathrooms
A group that wants to repeal a Washington state rule allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify is trying once again to overturn …
Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, midnight
Amy Goodman: North Carolina fighting the tide of justice
Whereas President Barack Obama is honoring the tradition of the peaceful transfer of power, a fundamental pillar of American democracy, North Carolina Republicans are taking a different path.
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 2 a.m.
Blanchette: Fans packing heat might lead to problems
The usual hand-wringers are assembling again to bash State Rep. Matt Shea (R-’Murica) and his wingmen for some of the proposed bills they’ve floated in advance of this year’s Legispalooza.
Sun., Nov. 27, 2016, midnight
Dr. Kenneth Krell: Medicaid expansion still makes sense for Idaho
Now is the most efficacious time for Idaho to expand Medicaid. Get the working poor and disabled on the rolls this year so any continued program designed by Congress will …
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 4:24 p.m.
Washington Sen. Andy Hill dies of lung cancer at age 54
Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for the Washington state Senate, has died of lung cancer. He was 54.
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
A few competitive races could change control of Legislature
A handful of races could decide whether there’s a shake-up in the Washington Legislature this November, as Democrats hope to regain control of the Senate and Republicans have their eye …
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016, 4:46 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: November initiatives expose system’s flaws
Populist myth says a small group of Washington citizens gathered around a kitchen table can write better law than 147 members of the Legislature. It’s unlikely. The give and take …
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 8:24 p.m.
City Council names Riverfront Park a ‘brownfield’ to assist soil cleanup efforts
To protect the remains of a $64 million bond passed by voters for the redesign of Riverfront Park, the City Council unanimously voted Monday to name the 100-acre downtown attraction …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, midnight
Idaho avoiding simplest health-care fix
Thirty-one states have solved the problem by accepting the federal government’s expansion of Medicaid. Idaho has chosen to make this more difficult by searching for a solution that would pass …
Thu., June 30, 2016, midnight
Editorial: Vehrs for legislative District 6
In a relatively conservative district, she won’t survive as lockstep liberal, so our hope is that she gravitates to the center. Nonetheless, she is the most pragmatic, knowledgable candidate and …