Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
Sat., Dec. 6, 2014
State GOP’s 1982 intraparty clash spawned badge of honor: troglodyte
Some people might take offense at being compared to a troglodyte, particularly by a person who’s at least nominally on the same team. But in 1982, two dozen Republican legislators …
Sun., Nov. 16, 2014
Smart Bombs: Have a party — for the kids
Initiative 1351 staged a late rally and passed. Estimated cost over four years: $4.7 billion. So now the folks who voted for smaller class sizes have a duty to smoke, …
Tue., Oct. 7, 2014
Shea, Arritola spar in GOP debate; Wilhite, McCaslin outline stances
Twenty minutes before a Republican debate in Spokane Valley, the Greenacres venue filled to capacity and late-comers were being turned away. The room, packed with 150 people, became stifling with …
Thu., Oct. 2, 2014, 11:37 a.m.
State Supreme Court upholds estate tax change
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld legislative changes to the state’s estate tax law that saved the state millions of dollars in refunds.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 11, 2014, 10:19 a.m.
State Supreme Court says Washington legislature is in contempt on school funding
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the way the state pays for public education, but it …
Wed., Sept. 3, 2014
GOP lawmaker, obstetrician John Moyer dies at 92
As a physician, John Moyer had a soft voice and a calm bedside manner that brought thousands of Spokane’s babies into the world. As a legislator, he helped set Washington …
Tue., Sept. 2, 2014, 7:47 p.m.
Republican legislator and obstetrician who backed state health care for kids dies at 92
John Moyer, who represented two different Spokane legislative districts over a 10-year stretch, died last week from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at 92.
Sun., July 13, 2014, 8:22 a.m.
State’s new road access law confuses ATV riders
A law enacted last year by the Washington Legislature to amend guidelines on all-terrain vehicles was hailed by ATV enthusiasts as a way to increase access to rural lanes and …
Wed., July 9, 2014, 11:38 a.m.
2 Washington state gun initiatives draw $3.5M in contributions
Two gun initiatives headed toward Washington’s November ballot have attracted nearly $3.5 million in contributions so far.
Thu., June 12, 2014, 5:26 p.m.
Washington high court says Legislature could be held in contempt over school funding
Saying the Washington legislature hasn’t met a demand to fully fund public schools, the state Supreme Court today ordered attorneys for the Legislature to appear in September and be ready …
Mon., Feb. 17, 2014, 7:21 a.m.
WA lawmakers older, richer, less diverse than constituents
SEATTLE — A Seattle Times analysis has found Washington state’s 147-member Legislature is wealthier, older and less diverse than the people it represents.
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014, 12:49 p.m.
Bill would phase out pensions for state workers
SEATTLE — A state lawmaker wants to offer a $10,000 incentive to state employees who agree to move away from the state pension system into a 401(k)-style retirement package.
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
Spokane Valley businessman selected for 4th District legislative seat
Leonard Christian, an Air Force veteran and Spokane Valley real estate businessman, was selected Wednesday to fill the 4th District legislative seat vacated by former Rep. Larry Crouse. Christian, 48, …
Sat., Dec. 7, 2013
Shawn Vestal: It’s time to decide what value we place on parks
Is it too soon to declare our state parks a complete failure and call in the profiteers? Or should we cut their budgets further first? Maybe to zero? We are …
Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Public offers variety of strategies for meeting transportation costs
Public testimony before state legislators in Spokane Valley Wednesday night offered contrasting views on how to fund and build Washington’s transportation system at a time when gas tax collections are …
Mon., Sept. 30, 2013
Washington Senate tour lets public share transportation priorities
Completing the North Spokane Corridor from Francis Avenue to Interstate 90 remains a top priority for local elected leaders seeking state funding for the project. On Wednesday, two state senators …
Sun., Sept. 29, 2013
Spin Control: King leaves trail of incompetence for Democrats
OLYMPIA – The political tempest blowing through the Puget Sound last week is the cautionary tale of Michael King and his apparent raids on the treasuries of political action committees …
Sun., Sept. 8, 2013
Home day care providers, state clash over stricter rules
Each of the child care providers gathered in the backyard of Gib and Liz Kocherhans’ north Spokane home has a story. The Kocherhanses, who own this single-story rancher where children …
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Washington education funding meets mandate, committee finds
OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature needed two special sessions to agree to a budget, in large part because of disagreements over how much to spend on public schools. But a …
Wed., July 24, 2013
Washington to pursue retirees’ padded pensions
OLYMPIA – Washington retirement officials said Tuesday they have identified four people who received raises that were improperly counted toward retirement compensation, but several other workers who got late pay …
Sat., July 6, 2013
Washington maintains Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture funding
After years of budget turmoil and a recent leadership shakeup, the state Legislature has given the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture a break. The two-year budget recently approved by …
Wed., July 3, 2013
Idaho, Washington combat rise in metal theft
BOISE – Metal thieves who steal from electrical substations and other utility installations in Idaho now face stiffer penalties, particularly if their pilfering interrupts service. And if the thieves are …
Mon., July 1, 2013, 9:39 a.m.
New state laws set to take effect
SEATTLE (AP) — This part of summer is a time for patriotism. It’s also the time new state laws go into effect across the nation. Fiscal years begin July 1 …
Sun., May 26, 2013
Restoration of funding means opportunities for schools
These are righteous times for Washington school districts. The first spoils from a lawsuit requiring the state to fund basic education will help launch all-day kindergarten across Spokane, hire more …
Mon., May 6, 2013
Teachers union leads in state lobbying costs
SEATTLE – The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group and more than twice as much as the next-highest lobbying organization, a health care …
Sun., May 5, 2013
‘Good Samaritan’ law covers alcohol too
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law that allows underage drinkers to call for medical help without fearing prosecution. The law is meant to encourage minors to call …
Sun., May 5, 2013
State workers to get parking, bus breaks
Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Saturday that lets state employees pay for their work-related parking and transit costs using pretax earnings. Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia …
Tue., April 2, 2013, 10:34 p.m.
Wash. Senate set to unveil budget proposal
A Republican-dominated coalition in the Washington state Senate is set to unveil its budget proposal.
Sun., March 17, 2013
Blind lawmaker’s life reflected in policies
OLYMPIA – Behind his sunglasses, Rep. Cyrus Habib is reaching back in memory, trying to recall the name of another fully blind politician who came before him. This was someone …
Mon., Feb. 25, 2013, 7:51 p.m.
Lawmakers back plan to help former prostitutes
The Washington state House has passed a measure to make it easier for women to clear their criminal records in cases where they were trafficked or forced into prostitution.