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  • Spin Control: Question about Washington’s initiative petitions sets off alarm bells

    Initiative petitions must have certain things on them, but for now, the five top donors isn’t one of those things.


  • Some fantasy sports betting should be legal in Washington, panel told

    Fantasy sports games are illegal in Washington, but one legislative proposal would allow some long-term games while continuing to ban daily or weekly contests run over the Internet.


  • In reversal, bill banning powdered alcohol goes to Inslee

    OLYMPIA – A plan to legalize powdered alcohol is headed down the drain. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to ban the controversial product, which turns water into rum or vodka, …


  • Bill would give stiffer penalties to criminals using drones

    OLYMPIA – Convicted felons could get an additional year in prison for using a toy helicopter to commit a crime, under a bill that is buzzing through the Legislature. Sponsored …


  • Washington lawmakers mull rules for powdered alcohol

    OLYMPIA – Many states are banning powdered alcohol – a controversial product that turns water into rum or vodka. But in Washington, lawmakers want to legalize, tax and regulate it …


  • Spin Control: Legislators may rethink how they work

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature is, by practice and constitutional decree, a part-time gig. Some years are more part time than others, and some legislators put in more hours than their …


  • Let’s define government’s ‘openness’

    OLYMPIA – Openness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder for government officials. This is clear in the discussions – some might call them grumblings – of proposed …


  • GOP rule makes passage of new taxes tougher

    OLYMPIA – Any new tax in Washington will require support from at least two-thirds of the Senate under a rule change Republicans pushed through the chamber in the early hours …


  • Alcohol laws don’t mix well at Capitol

    OLYMPIA – As a Senate committee approved tougher laws against impaired drivers Tuesday, some senators wondered aloud if the Legislature isn’t at least partially responsible for putting more drunks on …


  • For lawmakers, supermajority a taxing constitutional debate

    OLYMPIA – A proposed constitutional amendment gave a Senate panel another chance to argue whether democracy is helped or hurt by requiring legislative supermajorities to approve tax increases. Definitely helped, …


  • Police bill turns personal

    OLYMPIA – The fight over who decides what can get a police officer fired prompted a legislative hearing that pitted beat cops against their chiefs and provoked Spokane County Sheriff …


  • Hundreds rally for guns in Olympia

    OLYMPIA – Second Amendment activists came well-armed Friday to a Capitol Campus rally, where Washington legislators promised to protect broad access to firearms and speakers denounced President Barack Obama and …


  • Tax vote law could be made permanent

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature should honor the “will of the people” and cement the requirement for a supermajority to raise taxes into the state constitution, Republican senators said Thursday. They …


  • Balloting process changes proposed

    OLYMPIA – Legislators have a wide array of changes they think would make the state’s elections run smoother. At hearings Tuesday, they suggested paying the postage for voters to return …


  • Lawmakers get responses to questions on marijuana

    OLYMPIA – In legalizing marijuana last fall, voters created more questions for the Legislature, not fewer. Some, including how the federal government is going to react, can’t be answered yet, …


  • New vote may be needed on tuition hikes

    An informal opinion from the Washington attorney general’s office says lawmakers may need to take another vote on whether the state’s public universities can set their own tuition rates.


  • State senate lawsuit over Roach settled

    OLYMPIA — The Washington state Senate will review its workplace policies and has reaffirmed its sanctions against a Republican senator under a settlement announced today.


  • Lawsuit faults state GOP caucus reinstatement

    OLYMPIA — A Senate Republican senior attorney is seeking a $1.75 million settlement from the state, saying that Senate Republicans have created a hostile work environment by allowing Sen. Pam …


  • Group unveils child trafficking bills

    OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of legislators is pushing a dozen bills to combat human trafficking, particularly among teenage runaways they say are lured into prostitution. Among the targets of …


  • Senate panel approves bill to ‘modernize’ initiative process

    OLYMPIA – Proposed changes to Washington’s initiative laws were blasted as unconstitutional, arrogant and un-American by a Republican senator trying to block them this week. But the Democrat sponsoring the …


  • Senators spar over tax hike package

    OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


  • Senate delays vote on tax plan

    OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …

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