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UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

State operating budget will hit $50 billion for 2019-21, but will it be enough?

The state of Washington expects to collect $50 billion in taxes and fees for its general operations in the next two years. The Legislature will debate how to spend it …


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 6:58 a.m.

Washington Supreme Court weighs greenhouse gas rules

The Washington Supreme Court hears arguments on greenhouse gas emissions rules adopted by the state Department of Ecology.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Spokane officials urge lawmakers to keep track of career car thieves – especially the ‘Top 25’

Spokane officials make another pitch for a state program to provide for tighter supervision of auto thieves after they leave prison.


Spin Control: Will a presidential run interfere with governor duties?

Gov. Jay Inslee says he has no plans to resign his seat while running for president.


Native voting rights law signed

Tribal members in Washington will have an easier time registering to vote and casting ballots under a law signed Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 9:01 a.m.

Inslee signs bill moving up presidential primary and forcing voters to declare parties

Gov. Jay Inslee signs presidential primary law.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Bump stock owners can turn in devices for $150 check from state under new bill

Washington owners of bump stocks can turn them in to the Washington State Patrol for $150 on four days in March.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

Health care measures pass legislative hurdles before deadline

Proposals to study universal health care and a new psychiatric hospital for the University of Washington in Seattle clear major hurdles in the Legislature.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 6:49 a.m.

Washington Senate approves bill backing permanent daylight saving time

Senate votes to ask Congress, voters to keep Washington on daylight saving time all year.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 6:52 a.m.

Washington Legislature approves bill to buy back bump stocks for $150 each before they become illegal

Bump-stock buyback program will be quick, if the Legislature agrees to a plan that comes up with the money.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 7:09 a.m.

School bond levies will still need supermajority after Senate rejects constitutional amendement

Senate rejects effort to reduce the supermajority needed to pass school construction bond issues.


Washington joins other states in suing major opioid shippers

Washington is the latest state to sue major distributors of opioids, saying the companies made billions of dollars while ignoring signs of a growing crisis fueled by addiction to the …


Senate OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions

The Washington Senate has passed a measure that makes it easier for people with previous misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions to have those convictions vacated.


Spin Control: Washington Democrats may not use presidential primary to award delegates

Legislative Democrats change Washington presidential primary so the results can be used to pick the nominee. Will state party use it?


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Washington state House votes for permanent daylight saving time

Not happy about losing an hour’s sleep to daylight saving time? Legislature is trying to do away with the semi-annual clock change.


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

WSU plans to add 20 students to Spokane medical school faces budget hurdle

Washington State University’s plan to increase enrollment at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine caught in budget negotiations.


House, Senate pass help for orcas

House and Senate pass measures to protect orcas.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Gun dealers must follow gun control initiative, Inslee and Ferguson warn

Washington gun dealers will be required to conduct enhanced background checks when selling semi-automatic rifles starting July 1, even if they disagree with the initiative that requires them, Gov. Jay …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 7:13 a.m.

Senate passes plastic bag ban

Bill would ban single-use plastic grocery bags, require stores to charge 8 cents for paper or reusable replacements.


Car thieves could face community supervision after prison

Convicted car thieves could be placed in community supervision after being released from prison as part of an effort to keep them from going back stealing again.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Emergency homeless ‘camps’ would be exempt from some state rules

Local governments could set up homeless “camps” in an emergency without following some state environmental rules, under a Senate-approved bill.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Inslee says he welcomes super PAC help in presidential bid

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he welcomed the support of a super PAC even as many fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have rejected them, voicing concern that they …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Washington Senate moves to amend 1909 wrongful death law

Four years after a fatal Seattle crash, the Washington Senate on Tuesday approved an update to parts of the state’s wrongful death law.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

Washington presidential primary heads to March

The Washington House sends Gov. Jay Inslee a bill to change Washington’s presidential primary to March and require voters declare their party affiliation.


GOP stalls energy bill vote, gives Inslee a win

Senate Republicans’ maneuver gave Gov. Jay Inslee a win just as he was announcing his run for president.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

What the national media is saying about Gov. Jay Inslee’s presidential bid, climate platform

Most national pundits questioned Friday whether the Democratic governor’s singular focus on combating global climate change would be enough to make waves in an already-crowded field.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

Timeline: Jay Inslee’s political career started in 1985

A partial time line of the key elements in Jay Inslee’s political career.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 10:11 a.m.

Who’s more likely to be the next president: Tom Brady or Jay Inslee? Betting sites place the odds as long for both.

The odds are long on whether Jay Inslee can win the White House in 2020 – if you can find them.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

Inslee’s in the 2020 White House race and he’s headed to Iowa

Jay Inslee makes it official: He’s running for president.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

Jay Inslee is running for president. Here’s what he brings to the Democratic field.

Inslee’s singular focus on climate change and his experience as a governor could boost his campaign, but the Democratic field is large and his strategy has downsides.