Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
Mon., 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.
Thu., 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.
Sat., 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.
Tue., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Thu., 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.
Tue., 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.
Sun., 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.
Sun., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Sun., 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 …
Wed., 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.
Tue., 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.
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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.
Sat., 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.
Thu., 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.
Tue., March 8, 2016, 4:33 p.m.
Washington Legislature passes bill on police body cameras
The Legislature has passed a bill that seeks to keep police body-camera videos available to the public while limiting broad requests for the footage.
Thu., March 3, 2016
Editorial: Editorial Roundup: Carbon pricing becomes scrambled
The Legislature should put an alternative to I-732 on the ballot to fix an inadvertent flaw.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 3:40 p.m.
Legislature OKs authorization for growing industrial hemp
The Legislature has passed a bill that would allow licensed growers to produce industrial hemp in Washington as part of a research program.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016, 11:17 a.m.
House won’t seek to impeach state auditor
Leaders in Washington’s House of Representatives say they don’t plan to impeach state Auditor Troy Kelley, who is fighting federal charges of tax evasion, money laundering and perjury.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
Teacher pay raise in House supplemental budget
House Democrats in Washington have released their supplemental budget proposal, which would close several tax exemptions to pay for the salary increases of public school teachers.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Washington Legislature: What’s alive, dead?
Nearing the halfway point of the 60-day Washington legislative session, here are some other bills that still can pass, and others that appear to be dead.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
Gun-safety group wants new ballot measure
A gun-safety group is turning its attention to voters in Washington state after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to create “extreme-risk protection orders. These are orders that would let …
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Editorial: Health benefits in raising smoking age to 21 would outweigh revenue loss
A short-term dip in sales-tax revenue is a poor reason to delay raising the cigarette-buying age to 21.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 2:33 p.m.
Reducing state teacher shortage aim of new bill
The Washington House has passed a bill that seeks to increase the number of public school teachers in the state, in response to a perceived shortage.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 11:03 a.m.
Revenue projections for Washington lower than expected
As lawmakers prepare to unveil a supplemental budget proposal, they have learned that they have a little less money to work with in the current budget cycle.
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 12:19 p.m.
Senate rejects constitutional amendment on tax increases
The state Senate failed to reach the required vote threshold required to send voters a constitutional amendment asking if they want to require a two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature for …
Thu., Feb. 11, 2016, 2:48 p.m.
House passes birth control access bill
The House has a bill that would make it easier for women to consistently access contraceptives.
Thu., Feb. 11, 2016, 9:37 a.m.
Lawmakers consider tougher vehicular homicide penalties
A bill making its way through the Washington statehouse would create stiffer penalties for vehicular homicide.