Stories tagged: legislature
Sun., March 18, 2018
Spin Control: The 2018 Legislature, by the numbers
A look at the numbers generated by 147 legislators in 60 days of the 2018 session
UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 7:45 p.m.
Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon
An Idaho lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.” The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a …
Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:37 p.m.
Washington state’s carbon tax bill dies in Legislature
Another ambitious effort to pass a carbon tax in Washington state has faltered as both Gov. Jay Inslee and the bill’s prime sponsor conceded Thursday that there weren’t enough votes …
Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 6 a.m.
Proposed law would refocus efforts on treating drug addiction
Washington will get a sweeping re-write of its approach to treating opioid addiction if a bill introduced in the state legislature becomes law.
Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Alaska lawmakers go back to work amid sex misconduct fallout
The Alaska Legislature opens a new session Tuesday amid lingering fallout from the resignation of a House member accused of inappropriate behavior toward female aides.
Thu., Jan. 11, 2018
Huckleberries: The Idaho Legislature is back in session, so hide your children
As Idaho legislators prepare to be wined, dined and hypnotized by monied puppet masters and lobbyists for another session, the voice of a favorite journalistic curmudgeon sounds from long ago.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:28 p.m.
Ex-wife says Idaho lawmaker molested 2 girls
The ex-wife of a former Idaho Republican state lawmaker who shot and killed himself this week says he was under investigation for molesting two girls, including a young female relative …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 8:28 p.m.
Idaho governor to push for higher education changes
Gov. Butch Otter offered a rare glimpse into his agenda for the upcoming legislative session on Thursday by announcing plans to ask lawmakers to create a chief education officer who …
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017
Outside view: Washington state Legislature should take sexual harassment seriously
Here’s one suggestion for legislators: Follow a law that applies to others in government, but not you.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 6:27 p.m.
Oregon state senator files sex harassment complaint
An Oregon state senator filed a formal complaint Wednesday against another senator involving accounts of sexual harassment and asked for his expulsion from the legislative body in a letter that …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 5:13 p.m.
Alaska lawmaker sees financial boon in refuge drilling
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says her legislation to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling would generate $2 billion in royalties over the next decade – …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Four women accuse former Washington state lawmaker of harassment, assault
Three women have accused a former Washington state lawmaker of sexual harassment and assault during his time in the Legislature, becoming the latest statehouse with women reporting misconduct by men.
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017
Editorial: Tax limit continues to erode services
If you feel these proposed public safety cuts, on top of previous ones, go too far, you should let your elected officials on the county and state level know.
UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
New Washington budget boosts money for special education programs
Spokane Public Schools will get an extra $3 million for special education students thanks to a change in state funding.
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, noon
Biology test no longer required for high school diploma
High school students will no longer need to pass a biology test in order to graduate under a measure signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee.
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 9:03 a.m.
Local businesses split over new paid family leave program
While many were caught unawares by a new paid family leave program passed in Olympia Friday night, some Spokane businesses weighed in with tentative optimism this week, while others cast …
Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
Oregon House passes abortion-funding bill
The Oregon House has advanced a $10 million reproductive health care bill that would require all insurance companies across the state to cover abortions and a variety of other reproductive …
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Washington state Legislature passes paid family leave measure
The Washington Legislature has approved a paid family leave program that offers workers paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or the serious medical condition of …
UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
SFCC trims summer classes to save money as two-year schools grapple with funding challenges
To cope with a mix of financial problems, Spokane Falls Community College is offering substantially fewer summer classes compared to last year. It’s one of many areas where the Community …
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.