Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
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 …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017
Abolish death penalty in Washington
The reasons to continue the death penalty have been based more on emotion – the urge to see a brutal killer pay the ultimate price – rather than as a …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
REAL ID compliance bill gets Senate panel’s OK
A Senate panel has approved a measure that seeks to bring Washington state into compliance with federal identification requirements. On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee passed Senate Bill 5008 on …
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 4:03 p.m.
Washington, other states eye school bus seat belts
A bill that would require school buses to have seat belts is being considered by lawmakers in Washington, one of more than a dozen states where school seat belt measures …
Sun., 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: Thu., 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: Wed., 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.
Thu., 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.
Thu., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Tue., 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.
Thu., 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 …
Mon., 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.