Stories tagged: legislature
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
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
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
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
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 …
Thu., June 9, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
State superintendent: May be time to close schools
Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction says it may be time to consider shutting down the state’s K-12 public schools until the Legislature makes progress toward fully paying for education.
Wed., June 1, 2016
Editorial: Death of I-1366 is a relief
If you track the voters’ desires on ballot initiatives, it becomes clear that balancing the state budget on those wishes is an impossible task
Fri., May 27, 2016
Raid on pot fund hurts legalization
Promised revenue for research and prevention was siphoned off by legislative budget writers.
Wed., May 25, 2016
Editorial: Open up public employee bargaining
There is no value added in keeping the public in the dark on negotiations that commit the state to huge expenditures.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
Lead testing at Washington schools inconsistent
For about $5 per student in Washington’s public schools, every parent could know if the drinking water in their child’s school was free of lead.
Thu., April 21, 2016, 11:36 a.m.
Bill regulating vapor industry gets governor’s signature
A state Senate bill regulating vapor products was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Thu., March 10, 2016
Editorial: Secretary of state right to ease voter registration
For any resident who can prove citizenship, registering to vote should be cleared of any roadblocks.
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 …
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016
Editorial: Senate bills ID wrong victims
Transgendered use of bathrooms not an invitation to more sexual predation.
Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 11:08 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Let’s flush panic out of restroom discussion
Maybe you didn’t know, but there is a group of people allowed in public restrooms who are putting women and children at risk. These people, for the most part, are …
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
No education funding deal this year, Washington budget director says
The state budget director said Thursday lawmakers will not finish the work required to fix the way Washington pays for public schools during this legislative session, because they require deadline …
Fri., Sept. 11, 2015, 1:06 p.m.
State to file motion requesting reconsideration of charter school ruling
The Washington State attorney general is filing a motion asking the Washington State Supreme Court to reconsider its controversial ruling declaring state funding of charter schools as unconstitutional.
Thu., Sept. 10, 2015
Margaret Hurley, ‘tenacious’ Spokane lawmaker, dies at 105
Margaret Hurley, the grande dame of north Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District who battled tax increases and the North Spokane Corridor during more than three decades in office, died recently, just …
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers have authority to fund schools, not necessarily ability
The Washington Supreme Court has diagnosed the illness correctly. But the justices must wish they could prescribe a different treatment. The court has held the Legislature in contempt of court …
Sun., Aug. 16, 2015
Editorial: Time has come for lawmakers to act on funding for schools
Like a desperate college student trying to resolve an “incomplete,” the Washington Legislature submitted its progress report on satisfying the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision; then discovered what it already knew. …
Sat., May 23, 2015, 7:10 a.m.
Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say
DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national …
Tue., April 21, 2015, 10:03 a.m.
US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law
WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves …
Tue., Feb. 24, 2015, 7:38 a.m.
Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Sun., Feb. 22, 2015
Spin Control: Some bills make the cut and others move closer to legislative oblivion
OLYMPIA – Friday was a cutoff day for the Legislature. That’s not to say the weather has been so good that we can shed our raincoats and don jeans that …