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UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

County pushes back against state move to expand commission

As Washington moves forward on a new law to expand Spokane County’s board of commissioners from three members to five, the county is pushing back, with a lawsuit planned to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Inslee signs 5 commissioner bill for Spokane County

Spokane County to go to a five-member board of commissioners in 2022 election.


Visiting Olympia, Marshallese celebrate health care benefits

State makes Marshallese, other Pacific Islanders, eligible for Medicaid.


Better health care coverage for Marshallese pass Legislature

More Pacific Islanders, including those from the Marshall Islands, would have access to healthcare under a bill that received final approval in the Senate.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Washington Voting Rights Act passes Legislature

House gives final approval to the state’s Voting Rights Act.


Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district

The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Lawmakers to WSU: Take action against College Republicans

A group of Democratic lawmakers want Washington State University to take stronger actions against College Republicans to ensure minority students feel safe on campus.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

New cottages to house homeless families in Spokane

Construction began Tuesday on a cluster of cottages that will house chronically homeless people and families in northwest Spokane. Over the next year, Transitions, a nonprofit focused on lifting women …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 10:14 a.m.

EWU science building likely to get at least $60 million for construction

House and Senate capital construction budgets both set aside money for a new science center at Eastern Washington University.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 7:36 a.m.

Spokane area could get $125 million or more for transportation projects

Roads, bridges and transit projects around Spokane County would get about $125 million from state taxpayers over the next two years under similar transportation budgets making their way through the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:36 a.m.

Spin Control: Quick turnaround on levy cliff bill doesn’t mean on-time end to session

Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 8:34 a.m.

Spin Control: Washington lawmakers discuss naming U.S. 395 for person who made it a better highway

House debates whether to name U.S. Highway 395 for the guy who helped find the money to make it a better, safer highway.


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 9:10 a.m.

Spokane port district bill passes Washington House

Bill to make it easier for Spokane to vote on a countywide port district passes House.


U.S. 395 could be renamed for the late House Speaker Tom Foley

House panel urged to support renaming U.S. 395 in Washington as the Thomas S. “Tom” Foley Memorial Highway.


Incumbents, Republican Mike Volz preferred by voters in state legislative contests

Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated …


Fear and loathing as local Democrats watch Trump take battleground states

As a sea of red states blipped onto three giant projector screens, the crowded ballroom of Spokane’s Lincoln Center became a sea of grimacing faces.


Libertarian hopes to upset party in Spokane’s historically Democratic 3rd Legislative District

For Libertarian Randy McGlenn II, the best way to get something done is to do it yourself. After years of watching voters elect Democratic leaders in the 3rd Legislative District, …


Shootings prompt call by police to boost mental health funding

Aaron D. Johnson, like many others in the state, was cycled through jail and hospitals before being shot by police for a second time this month. Lawmakers say more money …


Washington AG asked to clarify when information can be released from secret sessions

Spokane legislator wants legal opinion on what information must be kept secret from executive sessions.


Old school buildings would get new lease on life in bill supported by Mead district

OLYMPIA – Mead and other school districts in Washington would be allowed to extend the life of buildings they are replacing, using them to provide extra classrooms needed as class …


Bill to make Boeing pay for cutting jobs proposed in Washington Legislature

House Democrats seek “accountability” for Boeing jobs.


Spokane would elect five county commissioners under bill

Spokane County would have five county commissioners under a new bill in the Legislature.


Report finds toxic chemicals in toys

A newly released report finds that while children’s toys are generally safer, many still present a significant risk, such as higher-than-legal levels of toxic chemicals.


Legislature sends transportation bill to Inslee

OLYMPIA – A $16 billion transportation tax and fee bill with an 11.9-cent gasoline tax increase hit some roadblocks early Wednesday but eventually passed the House and Senate and was …


Effort to name medical school after WSU’s Elson Floyd gains steam

OLYMPIA – A campaign to name a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane for WSU’s late President Elson Floyd is gaining support online and in the Legislature. More …


Washington newborns will be screened for heart defects under new law

OLYMPIA – Christian Lybbert was born with only two chambers in his heart, rather than the normal four, but his parents didn’t know that when they brought him home from …


Prompted by Spokane couple’s mistaken toll, state House backs apologies

OLYMPIA – Motorists who get a toll bill for a bridge they didn’t cross or a highway they didn’t use would get a letter of apology from the state agency …


$7.7 billion Washington transportation budget gets House OK

OLYMPIA – The House approved a transportation budget Thursday that includes money to repave nearly 2,100 miles of state highway, repair up to 50 structurally deficient bridges and continue work …


House budget panel approves changing law to allow medical school

OLYMPIA – The prospects for a new medical school operated by Washington State University took a step forward late Friday evening as a key committee approved a bill to make …


WSU medical school bills take detour in House, Senate

OLYMPIA – Bills that would give Washington State University the authority to start a medical school in Spokane, which last week seemed on the fast track, have hit an unexpected …