Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
Save schools from the levy cliff
Local school districts shouldn’t pay the price for the failure of lawmakers to do their jobs in a timely manner.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 2:28 P.M.
Superintendent of public instruction withdraws from school levy lawsuit
On his first day as the state’s superintendent of public instruction, newly elected Chris Reykdal withdrew the department’s involvement in a lawsuit against a handful of Washington school districts.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 8:16 P.M.
Washington measure seeks expansion of wine growler law
Two years ago, the Washington state Legislature began allowing wine lovers to fill reusable containers – known as growlers – at their favorite wineries.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017, 6:25 P.M.
State incentives for film production, used by Spokane-based ‘Z Nation,’ are set to expire
An incentive program credited for bringing “Z Nation” to Spokane is set to expire in June, and local leaders are asking lawmakers to extend it for the second time.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017, 1:15 P.M.
Money for schools: Battle for billions begins in Washington Legislature
The battle over finding billions of additional dollars to pay for K-12 education in Washington pits Democrats who say new taxes are needed against Republicans saying schools must take priority …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017
Distracted-driving law needs major update
Now drivers grab their smartphones and jump onto Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and other apps that weren’t around in 2007. None of these acts is illegal. Only talking and texting are …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016
Funding needed for gun sale database
Legislators tempted to stall on the backlog problem for another year should be looking over their shoulders. Everytown for Gun Safety, the anti-gun group, could see the lack of legislative …
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 8:19 A.M.
Dino Rossi appointed to succeed late Sen. Andy Hill
A former GOP state senator has been chosen to fill a Senate vacancy left by Sen. Andy Hill, who died of lung cancer in October.
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2016, 8:24 A.M.
GOP senator to propose bill criminalizing “illegal protests”
A Republican state senator who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to propose a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would take a firm stand against …
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 3:20 P.M.
Washington lawmakers remember Sen. Andy Hill
Washington lawmakers remembered the late Republican Sen. Andy Hill at the Capitol, calling him a dedicated public servant who cared deeply about his family.
SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2016, 4 A.M.
Control of Washington Legislature could be influenced with ‘independent’ cash
Independent campaigns for and against Washington legislative candidates are hitting a record.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016
Outside View: Cut costs of public disclosure
A small fee would be palatable if combined with other ideas for cutting costs of public disclosure and expanding access to information.
FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2016, 11:47 A.M.
“Wildfire caucus” drawing legislators’ interest as more of the state burns
Rep. Tom Dent joined the Washington Legislature as one man with an interest, and has built a “fire coalition” of other legislators and stakeholders.
MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2016, 6:26 P.M.
Tuition cuts at state universities has been a surprising success
A year ago, Washington became the first state to substantially lower tuition since the recession. To the surprise of many, it hasn’t wreaked havoc on universities.
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 10:38 A.M.
Washington Supreme Court orders attorneys back on school funding case
Attorneys for the state and families challenging the amount Washington spends on its public schools were ordered Thursday to return to the Supreme Court for another round of arguments.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016
Court must intervene for schoolchildren
We believe the court should show urgency and adopt new consequences now. Otherwise, we believe the Legislature could once again fail to fully comply with the court and the constitution.
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016, 4:49 P.M.
Shootings prompt call by police to boost mental health funding
Aaron D. Johnson, like many others in the state, was cycled through jail and hospitals before being shot by police for a second time this month. Lawmakers say more money …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 6 P.M.
Veterans assistance in Spokane County adopts new eligibilty requirements in June
Under the new rules, a veteran must have served 180 days and received an honorable discharge, with some exceptions for injuries and disabilities sustained as a result of service, in …
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
Editorial: State needs quick driver’s license fix
The Washington Legislature can no longer delay action to make driver’s licenses compliant with federal law.
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016, 3:35 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Cutting funds for state auditor’s office is punitive, counterproductive
The state is poised to spend less time, energy and money on the best tool we have for double-checking the work of government: audits.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016
Editorial: Lawmakers should put traffic safety in fast lane
Legislators in Idaho and Washington could assist efforts to curb distracted driving by updating laws on cellphone use. Idaho badly needs to update its seat belt law.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016
Editorial: Editorial: Shine light on budget negotiations
A bill can be unopposed at a public hearing, sail through committee and overwhelmingly pass a floor vote. But if it has a fiscal component, it’s subject to hostage-taking and …
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016
Editorial: Editorial Roundup: Take care with controlled burns
The success of this program hinges on DNR conducting its due diligence and working with weather forecasters to avoid smoke drifting into cities.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016
Editorial: Charter schools need sustained support
Supporters say the new law resolves the constitutional questions, but opponents will almost certainly challenge it. The Legislature may need to return to the drawing board. It would help it …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 3:43 P.M.
Washington education measures to help disadvantaged students
Gov. Jay Inslee signed two education bills in Seattle on Wednesday, both aimed at helping disadvantaged kids get a better education.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016, 8:37 P.M.
Vaping regulation gets Washington Legislature’s OK
Washington’s Legislature has passed a bill that would create a number of regulations for companies selling vapor products such as requiring labeling that warns of the health effects of vaping.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016, 4 A.M.
Spokane lab finds pesticides in many marijuana products
Gordon Fagras said the findings produced by his chemical laboratory, which looks for hyper-specific contaminants on the state’s marijuana crop, will add value to the product. The state doesn’t require …
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016
Editorial: Charter schools survive, bigger issue looms
In a session where charter schools were given a reprieve, the larger education issue was delayed, yet again.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016
Jeff Rochon: Regulate the middleman driving up prescription drug costs
Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) were designed to control drug pricing, but they’ve become large entities in need of regulation.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 10:11 A.M.
State Senate pays tribute to longtime legislator Benton
State senators took time Wednesday to say goodbye to longtime Republican lawmaker Sen. Don Benton, who is retiring at the end of this year.