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Citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under Washington bill

Washington Senate votes to add anti-discrimination protections to residents regardless of citizenship or immigration status.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

‘Faithless electors’ would lose their position under Senate bill

Members of the Electoral College in Washington would lose their position if they voted for someone who didn’t win the presidential election that year, a bill that passed the Senate …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 6:17 a.m.

Plastic grocery bag ban in Washington advances

Customers would pay most of the costs of paper replacements for a plastic bag ban, under a Senate proposal.


Spin Control: Sometimes, but not always, the Legislature is a funny place

In the Legislature, sometimes it’s better to pass when given a chance to make a pun.


Senate panel votes to narrow vaccine exemptions

Senate bill to remove personal exemptions for all childhood vaccinations receives committee approval.


Free college in Washington not likely, but many plans would help with the cost

Free college for everyone may not be coming to Washington, but many students could see the cost of their post-secondary education reduced – although by just how much is still …


All ayes on eyeball tattoo ban

Washington moved a step closer to banning eyeball tattoos Friday as a key committee sent the proposal to the full House.


Senate leader proposes carbon tax with 15 cent per gallon hike to gasoline

A new carbon tax proposal would raise the price of gasoline 15 cents per gallon at the pump as part of a $17 billion package on transportation and environmental projects.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Outside pay for college athletes gets committee OK

Proposal to allow college athletes to seek outside compensation moves forward with a change to keep Washington schools from being “guinea pigs” for a fight with the NCAA.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Libraries, parks dropped from Washington gun-free zone proposal

Proposed additions to gun-free zones advance but don’t include libraries.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

House votes to raise smoking age to 21

In a bipartisan vote, the Washington House agrees to raise age for buying tobacco and vaping products to 21.


Voting for more than one candidate in an election suggested

Some Washington voters in the future could mark their ballots for more than one candidate in local elections, indicating which one they like best. Local governments could choose to use …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Social media extortion could become felony crime in Washington

Demanding money to remove false information posted about a person or a business on social media could become a felony in Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Don’t make Washington a ‘guinea pig’ on effort to let college athletes make money, schools say

Washington shouldn’t lead the nation to create a way for college athletes to get paid, schools say.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

Washington courts likely to decide which legislative records will be open to the public after lawmakers say proposal is dead

An effort to open some legislative records to the public while keeping others secret is likely dead, lawmakers acknowledged Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Washington lawmakers consider banning transport of horses for meat, strengthening dog fighting prohibition

Washington could make it easier to crack down on dog fighting and selling horses to be slaughtered for human consumption under bills trying to survive a deadline in a House …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Washington could sue over Trump’s national emergency order

Washington is preparing to sue the federal government over President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to expand the border wall if any state funding is cut, Gov. Jay …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Gun rights, 51st state are linked, Shea tells rally

Rep. Matt Shea links gun rights, a new state in Eastern Washington at a Capitol rally.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:50 a.m.

Bill that would provide clemency for pot convictions advances

A plan that could wipe out as many as 200,000 misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions for Washington adults was sent to a Senate budget committee Thursday after efforts to restrict its …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:27 a.m.

Libraries, parks and child-care facilities would become gun-free zones under Washington Senate bill

Public libraries, parks and child care facilities could be added to the list of gun-free zones in Washington in what supporters say is an effort to keep children safe in …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Fracking ban passes Senate

Senate votes to ban fracking in Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Comprehensive sexual health courses could become school standard

Washington public schools would be required to teach comprehensive sexual health education courses that emphasize relations free from violence and coercion as well as the importance of consent, under a …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

Records exemptions proposed for Legislature blasted

A proposal to give lawmakers special exemptions to keep some records secret was denounced by media and open government advocates.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

200,000 misdemeanor pot possession charges would be dropped under Washington bill

Washington could wipe out as many as 200,000 convictions for misdemeanor marijuana possession for adults who don’t have anything else on their criminal records.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

Panel approves state program to ‘welcome’ new babies

State program to “welcome” all new babies to Washington passes Senate committee, but with resistance.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:43 a.m.

Washington, Idaho lawmakers start formulating positions on immigration deal to avert shutdown

Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 8:32 p.m.

Washington House panel starts debate on ending personal exemption for vaccines

Legislators’ choice on exemption for vaccines pits public health against personal choice.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Thieves should get more supervision and less prison, Spokane officials tell senators

Spokane could see a significant drop in crime if it could get a few “prolific” criminals off the streets then have the state keep a closer watch on them after …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Dwarf-tossing ban would exempt licensed wrestling matches

Dwarf tossing would be illegal in Washington but licensed entertainment companies could still offer wrestling events that feature little people in the latest version of a bill moving through the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Lower the majority needed for bond issues, school officials tell senators

School officials urge Senate to change the state constitution and allow smaller majorities to approve their bond issues