Stories tagged: washington government
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:55 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
Senate votes to ban fracking in Washington.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:56 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
State program to “welcome” all new babies to Washington passes Senate committee, but with resistance.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:43 a.m.
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.
Legislators’ choice on exemption for vaccines pits public health against personal choice.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 9:52 a.m.
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 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.
School officials urge Senate to change the state constitution and allow smaller majorities to approve their bond issues
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Federal employees forced to work during a shutdown without pay would be eligible for unemployment benefits in Washington under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Washington considers requirement for diaper changing stations in new restaurants in women’s and men’s restrooms
Legislature considers requiring new restaurants to make it easier, cleaner for patrons to change diapers.
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 8:14 p.m.
House committee considers ban on billboard ads for marijuana stores.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 6:56 a.m.
Research dogs and cats from UW, WSU and other institutions deserve second chance, advocates tell Washington Legislature
Dogs and cats used for laboratory research would be offered for adoption before being euthanized.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 7:52 p.m.
A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019
Salary commission schedules pay raises for many elected officials.
Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 5 a.m.
Under the proposal, customers could purchase paper or reusable plastic bags for a dime each. Cities with a bag ordinance already in place would be required to adopt the state’s …
UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
If Washington did send new statues to the U.S. Capitol, who best deserves that honor?
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 5 a.m.
Washington could ditch Pacific Standard Time for year-round Daylight Saving Time, if a Spokane legislator has his way.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Presidential candidates could be required to release their tax returns to appear on the Washington ballot.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:51 p.m.
Studded tires would carry a $100 fee if purchased after July 1 of this year and be banned after mid-2025 under a proposal being considered by the state House Transportation …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:28 p.m.
Dwarf tossing and similar staged activities were denounced as discriminatory, dehumanizing and dangerous, even to little people who aren’t participating in those events, supporters of a proposed ban told a …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Legislators would have to make public some of their correspondence, documents and memos – although not as much as other government officials in Washington – under a proposal filed Thursday.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 7:25 a.m.
Voters would have to declare party to vote in Washington’s 2020 presidential primary under bill passed by Senate
Senate passes bill for a presidential primary in March, but only party members would get to vote.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 5:08 p.m.
It’s been more than a year since China stopped accepting most recycling from the U.S., leading to a stockpile of paper, metal, glass and plastic that states like Washington have …
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 11:55 a.m.
Without a single dissenting vote, the House on Thursday agreed to changes to the use of deadly force law voters approved in November and approved a new code of conduct …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 10:35 p.m.
Federal workers in Washington who are on the job but not being paid during the partial government shutdown are now eligible for unemployment benefits.