Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
Wed., April 12, 2017, 11:04 a.m.
Republican candidate announces for key state Senate race
Another candidate has jumped in the race for a Senate seat that will determine which party controls the chamber this year.
Wed., April 12, 2017, 9:10 a.m.
Travis Alert bill passes Legislature
A bill named for a Wapato boy with autism is headed to the governor’s desk.
Sat., April 8, 2017
Heidi Mitchell: How we fund schools as important as how much
We must direct more money into the grossly unfunded interventions designed to help students in greatest need.
Thu., April 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Sexual assault protection order bill heads to Gov. Inslee
The Legislature has passed a bill that would allow the courts to issue permanent protection orders for victims of sexual assault.
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:31 p.m.
State Sen. Doug Ericksen juggling EPA job gets state and federal pay
A Washington state senator who has been juggling his legislative duties while working in the Trump administration has collected nearly $6,000 from the state in daily expense allowances so far …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 11:26 a.m.
Once again, it’s crunch time for fairs
Washington state lawmakers are threatening to slam the barn door on funding for county fairs.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 10:44 a.m.
Bill to toughen rules around oil transport clears key hurdle
A House bill aimed at increasing the safety around oil transportation on land and water has cleared a key committee. The House Finance Committee on amended and passed House Bill …
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 10:55 p.m.
Senate Passes construction budget
Washington state senators passed a two-year construction budget that puts more money toward updating schools, mental health facilities and state water services.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Washington lawmakers consider allowing medical marijuana in schools
Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in …
Wed., March 29, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
I-5 Bridge bill draws favorable reviews at hearing
A Senate panel heard favorable reviews Tuesday for a House bill intended to restart the process to replace the chronically congested Interstate 5 Bridge.
UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Child care costs rivaling the price of a college degree put Spokane parents in a pinch
By the time their children finish preschool, some Spokane County parents have paid for the equivalent of a college education at a state university. Child care costs are rising again, …
Tue., March 21, 2017, 7:57 a.m.
Senate Republicans set to release state budget plan
Senate Republicans in Washington state are set to release their two-year state budget proposal.
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
State budget would target 1 in 5 workers for big raises
With new staffers walking the wards these days at Western State Hospital, nurse Becky Bailey feels safer. There’s less of a last-minute scramble for nurses to fill vacant positions, said …
Sun., March 19, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Bill would give WSU lead role on elk hoof disease
Legislation directing Washington State University involvement in monitoring and assessing elk hoof disease in Southwest Washington got solid support Wednesday before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Sun., March 19, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia
Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.
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 …