Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 9:05 a.m.
Teague: Online sales-tax collection levels playing field
Small businesses supporting their local communities throughout the state are currently getting beaten by out-of-state online sellers who unfairly compete by not collecting sales taxes.
Fri., June 23, 2017
Special-ed needs the attention of lawmakers
Funding levels for special education services are shaped by two metrics: a cap and a multiplier. Neither one may reflect the reality of particular school districts.
UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
Dozens gather in Spokane to protest looming state government shutdown if budget deal isn’t reached
About 60 people gathered in Spokane Thursday afternoon as part of a statewide series of rallies to plead with the legislature to pass a budget before the state government is …
Tue., June 20, 2017
Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Downtown parking, June 20, 1941
Sun., June 18, 2017
Editorial: Legislators heading for inexcusable cram session
To pull a cram session on something as momentous and far-reaching as education funding is a dereliction of their duty.
Fri., June 9, 2017
Editorial: Kill biology, but don’t undermine testing
Some lawmakers see this as an opportunity to sever the link between the math and English assessments and graduation. Not so fast.
Sat., June 3, 2017
Scott Hutsell: State aims to catch up on deferred maintenance
Many smaller communities, especially in Central and Eastern Washington, need access to low-cost financing and technical assistance to maintain or build vital public projects.
Sat., June 3, 2017
Reykdal’s education blueprint worth considering at some point
There are additional aspects to schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s ambitious plan, and the details are worth exploring. Yet they also are too complex for lawmakers to consider at this point.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 11:23 a.m.
Farrell resigns from Legislature to focus on mayoral race
Democratic state Rep. Jessyn Farrell is resigning from the Legislature to focus on her run for Seattle mayor.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Legislature collects another F over school funding
Ho hum. The Legislature flunks again.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 12:43 p.m.
Washington lawmaker introduces bill to ban masks in public
A bill introduced in the Washington state Senate would ban the wearing of masks on public streets.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Washington lawmakers heading into second special session
Lawmakers will head into a second special session as they continue to work toward reaching agreement on a two-year state budget that satisfies a state Supreme Court mandate on education …
Sun., May 21, 2017
State should bolster civil legal aid
Three out of four poorer individuals caught up in the civil system don’t receive any legal assistance despite qualifying for it.
Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Special election could affect balance of power at Capitol
One legislative contest in the Puget Sound area will decide whether the balance of power changes at the state Capitol.
Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Inslee signs bridge bill
With a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jay Inslee made it official on Wednesday: Southwest Washington legislators will renew conversations around how to ease traffic on the congested Interstate 5 …
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 11:23 p.m.
Washington bill would remove state ban on nuclear attack planning
A 1984 prohibition on including nuclear attack preparations in Washington state’s emergency management plans would be removed under a new bill introduced by two lawmakers.
Fri., May 5, 2017
Wells, internet privacy are unfinished business
With a special session or two ahead, the Legislature should resolve unfinished business regarding domestic water wells and internet privacy.
Wed., May 3, 2017, 4:09 p.m.
Drone will assess leaks on roof of Washington Capitol
A drone will be deployed at the state Capitol within the next few weeks to determine what has led to a series of leaks from the building’s roof.
Sun., April 30, 2017
Jim Kowalkowski: Legislature should retain equitable teacher funding tools
The SAM and the staff mix work to provide each district with enough funding to cover the base salary of a teacher, regardless of the experience or education level of …
Sat., April 29, 2017
Dr. Christine Johnson: State disinvestment in community colleges hurts economy
We provide educational opportunity to all searching to improve their lives. And yet, community and technical colleges receive the lowest level of state funding per full-time student in Washington.
Wed., April 26, 2017
Timing propels passage of tougher DUI law
The state needed to toughen the law to lower the risk of tragedy.
Tue., April 25, 2017
Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Global warming, April 28, 1974
Mon., April 24, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Special session begins at the Washington Capitol
The Washington Legislature has started a 30-day special session to address the still unresolved two-year state budget that must comply with a state Supreme Court order on education funding.
Sun., April 23, 2017, 6:32 p.m.
Washington Legislature passes Columbia River bridge bill, but Oregon lawmakers busy
Last week, a bill addressing the Interstate 5 bridge between Washington and Oregon sailed out of the Washington Senate. But the message Washington lawmakers tried to send across the river …
Sun., April 23, 2017
Lawmakers must stop posturing, start negotiating
Stop the dueling press releases, quit searching for future campaign sound bites and get to work. The only developments coming out of Olympia should be ideas about compromise.
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 7:43 p.m.
Lawmakers don’t want pot billboards to be appealing to kids
Washington state lawmakers have passed a variety of tweaks to state marijuana laws, including new rules for what can appear on pot billboards.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
Distracted drivers to face new penalties in Washington
Holding a phone while driving in Washington state could become illegal in 2019 if Gov. Jay Inslee signs a distracted driving measure passed by the Legislature.
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 1:29 p.m.
Washington lawmakers heading into overtime
Unable to agree to negotiate, much less reach, a state budget deal during their regularly scheduled legislative session, Washington lawmakers are likely to start an overtime special session on Monday.
UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Dogs get protection from inhumane tethering
Dog owners could face new penalties in Washington state if they tie up or “tether” their dogs in an inhumane way.
UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 9:58 p.m.
No peeking: You can’t see Washington lawmakers records because of this law
When rejecting requests for everything from lawmakers’ daily calendars to emails to disciplinary reports, legislative attorneys routinely cite language quietly added more than two decades ago to Washington’s public records …