Stories tagged: legislature
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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 …
Mon., Feb. 16, 2015, 9:58 p.m.
Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit …
Thu., Feb. 5, 2015, 1:18 p.m.
In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the …
Thu., Feb. 5, 2015, midnight
Kretz legislation proposes relocating wolves
Washington’s best wolf habitat is in the southern Cascade Mountains, where vast federal lands support more than 20,000 elk in the state’s two largest herds. State biologists expect wolves to …
Tue., Sept. 9, 2014, 9:09 a.m.
Obama to deliver prime-time address on militants
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday night to outline plans for an expanded U.S. effort to confront violent Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Ahead …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 15, 2014, 4:23 p.m.
Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for …
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014, 12:34 p.m.
House campaign groups start $75M ad push
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting a $75 million national advertising blitz, both parties’ House campaign arms on Tuesday began running television spots that are not expected to relent before November’s elections. …
Thu., Aug. 7, 2014, midnight
Arrest illustrates state’s tough stance on illicit pot
A 19-year-old arrested by a Washington State Patrol trooper on suspicion of carrying less than an ounce of pot, cash, baggies and a scale faces a felony charge – an …
Sat., June 14, 2014, 2:25 a.m.
Obama waiting for House GOP to act on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — To the frustration of many of his supporters, President Barack Obama is backing away from immigration changes he could make on his own. He is kicking the …
Fri., June 13, 2014, midnight
Washington state Supreme Court blasts lawmakers over school funding plan
OLYMPIA – A recent report on how the state will spend more money on education is so inadequate the state Supreme Court threatened Thursday to hold the Legislature in contempt. …
Mon., June 9, 2014, 5:19 a.m.
Obama aims to expand student loan relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is signing an executive order that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in student loan payments. The measure …
Sat., May 24, 2014, 5:49 a.m.
Thai coup leaders dissolve Senate, adding to power
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s coup leaders say they are dissolving the country’s Senate and will assume all lawmaking power. Saturday’s announcement, which was read out on television, strips away the …
Fri., May 9, 2014, 10:37 a.m.
At Wal-Mart, Obama touts steps on solar power
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Calling it the right thing to do for America’s bottom line, President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday by companies, local governments and his own administration …
Tue., March 25, 2014, midnight
Bill allows partial payments of late property taxes
Property owners who fall behind on their tax payments will have an easier time catching up under legislation signed by Washington’s governor earlier this month. Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase …
Sat., March 1, 2014, 11:59 a.m.
Russian troops take over Ukraine’s Crimea region
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests …
Sat., March 1, 2014, 5:55 a.m.
Putin asks parliament to use military in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked parliament for permission to use the country’s military in Ukraine. Putin says the move is needed to …
Sun., Feb. 23, 2014, 11:32 a.m.
Ukraine parliament head takes presidential powers
KIEV, Ukraine — A top opposition figure assumed presidential powers Sunday, plunging Ukraine into new uncertainty after a deadly political standoff — and boosting long-jailed Yulia Tymoshenko’s chances of a …
Sat., Feb. 22, 2014, 12:54 p.m.
Ukraine’s Tymoshenko rallies protesters in Kiev
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Hours after her release from prison, former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko appeared before an ecstatic throng at the protester encampment in Ukraine’s …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2013, 12:48 p.m.
Obama to allow sale of canceled plans
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law that would give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans …
Mon., Sept. 30, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Congress misses deadline for averting shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the …