Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
Sun., March 19, 2017
Waldref/Mumm: It’s March Madness for river cleanup funds
One of the longest and snowiest winters in recent memory is about to melt away. The river is already filling with spring runoff, giving a trial run for Spokane’s largest …
Sun., March 19, 2017
Shore up ailing public health budgets
Treatment, facilities, equipment and workers represent a mountain of health care cash. Meanwhile, disease prevention is an eroding foothill.
Sun., March 12, 2017
Lockwood, Ladwig: Don’t leave special-needs students behind
Both proposed education budget bills, SB 5607 and HB 1843 (to address McCleary v. State) increase funding for nearly every program except special education.
Sun., March 12, 2017
Students would benefit from smarter funding
A student-centered model would distribute dollars where they are needed most. It would give disadvantaged children more pathways to success. It would also boost gifted students, who need more challenges.
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:36 a.m.
Spin Control: Quick turnaround on levy cliff bill doesn’t mean on-time end to session
Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.
Fri., March 10, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
Bills alive, dead or signed in the Washington Legislature
Of the more than 2,700 bills introduced in the Washington state Legislature this year, just over 650 made it past cutoff. Here’s a look at some other bills that have …
Tue., March 7, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
House OKs bill to exempt some info about wolf attacks
The House has passed a bill that would exempt from public disclosure personal information about people who report or respond to wolf attacks in Washington state.
Tue., March 7, 2017, 8:37 a.m.
State Senate votes to ban holding phones while driving
A bill that bans holding an electronic device while driving to reduce distracted driving incidents passed in the Washington state Senate Monday.
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Spokane considers new misdemeanor penalty to combat car theft
Under a new law, entering or staying in a car that isn’t yours would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. The …
Mon., March 6, 2017, 8:09 a.m.
Hanford ill worker compensation bill passes House
Legislation that could allow ill Hanford workers to more easily get worker compensation claims approved has been passed by the state House.
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 8:24 a.m.
Hearing for recall effort of state senator this week
A hearing for the effort to recall Sen. Doug Ericksen is set for this week before Whatcom Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis.
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Inslee signs bill to improve dental care for state tribes
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill that seeks to improve oral health on reservations in Washington state. The measure was the first bill the governor has signed this …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 12:47 p.m.
Senate votes for bill to vacate victims’ prostitution crimes
Victims of sex trafficking would be allowed to vacate prostitution convictions in Washington state under a measure passed by the state Senate. Senate Bill 5257, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Rebecca …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Governor’s Mansion to offer women’s history tours
Visitors to the state Governor’s Mansion during Women’s History Month in March will have the option of choosing a special “Women in the Mansion” tour. The hourlong tours will be …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017
Distracted driving law needs an update
Common sense says a driver shouldn’t be holding a phone. So if you’re wondering why people aren’t being pulled over as they poke at them, it’s because the Legislature has …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 12:06 p.m.
Senate bill to improve coroner inquests moves forward
A bill to change coroner inquests is moving forward after clearing the Senate Law and Justice Committee.
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
Lawmakers seek to give Washington schools chief more power
The Washington state Board of Education could lose some of its authority over the state’s K-12 public education system under a controversial bill that would transfer some of its responsibilities …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Bill advances that would exempt some info about wolf attacks
A bill that would exempt from public disclosure personal information about people who report or respond to wolf attacks in Washington state has cleared a House committee.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
King County judge rules new state charter school law is constitutional
A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state’s charter school law didn’t demonstrate that charter schools are unconstitutional.
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 12:27 p.m.
Facebook posts by lawmaker draw $5,000 fine from ethics board
The Legislative Ethics Board has fined Rep. Melanie Stambaugh $5,000, saying that she violated ethics rules by posting state-funded photos and videos to a Facebook page she used during her …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Washington state GOP lawmakers push for income tax amendment
Several Central Washington House Republicans are seeking a constitutional amendment that would prohibit a state income tax. Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, lead sponsor and one of 38 House Republicans who …
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 9:04 a.m.
Erin Williams Hueter: Sexual assault victims deserve equal protection
Current law requires victims of sexual assault to return to court every two years if they need continued protection.
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Washington bill would help certain sick Hanford workers
Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to help former nuclear site workers with certain illnesses receive the needed care and compensation.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Distracted driving penalties could increase statewide
Lawmakers heard emotional testimony this week from people who lost friends and family members in car accidents caused by drivers distracted by their phones. They are among many who want …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 1:25 p.m.
Washington tourism getting big push from lawmakers
Lawmakers are trying to put Washington state back on the map when it comes to tourism. After eliminating the state tourism office in 2011, the Legislature is considering creating a …
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 12:57 p.m.
City of Vancouver backs I-5 Bridge replacement resolution
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Vancouver City Council on Monday night supported an effort to declare replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge a project of statewide significance.
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017
Bipartisan effort could make paid family leave a reality
After annual efforts to pass paid family leave legislation that actually pays,
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Lawmakers and Inslee push for more statewide gun measures
Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store their guns safely and would fix what some call a loophole in the …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 8:49 p.m.
First public hearing on use of deadly force legislation
Washington state has a high bar to criminally prosecute police officers who wrongfully kill people in Washington state, a standard that legislators are debating whether to change.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017
Be smart about class-size funding
Lawmakers did shrink K-3 class sizes, which is where research shows it does the most good. The benefits wane in the upper grades, so there are smarter ways to spend …