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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


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Federal workers could get unemployment payments during a shutdown

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.


Ban on billboards for pot stores considered by Washington House committee

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.

Inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center on hunger strike over quality of breakfast food

A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.


Many state elected officials in line for double-digit raises

Salary commission schedules pay raises for many elected officials.


With plastic bag recycling difficult, Washington ponders ban at stores – and fees for paper bags

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.

Washington, like all states, can replace its two statues at the U.S. Capitol every 10 years.

If Washington did send new statues to the U.S. Capitol, who best deserves that honor?


Bill would end twice yearly clock switch

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.

Washington could demand tax returns from presidential candidates

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.

Lawmaker proposes $100 fee on new studded tires, a ban in 2025

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 denounced, defended to Senate panel

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.

Senate proposal would make some lawmakers’ documents public record

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.

New recycling ‘think tank’ aims to improve Washington’s markets, better inform residents

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.

New conduct code, changes to deadly force law pass House

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.

State of Washington offers unemployment benefits to all federal workers hit by shutdown

Federal workers in Washington who are on the job but not being paid during the partial government shutdown are now eligible for unemployment benefits.