Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009, 1:03 P.M.
New Washington law: Breastfeeding is a civil right
Breastfeeding in public places will soon be considered a civil right in Washington, where lawmakers and Gov. Chris Gregoire just added breastfeeding to the things protected by the state’s anti-discrimination …
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
Bill would benefit University District
OLYMPIA – Spokane’s University District and the area between Pullman and Moscow stand to get millions of dollars in improvements under a bill lawmakers approved Monday. Senate Bill 5045 now …
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
Washington drivers may be asked for parks funds
OLYMPIA – In a move designed to stave off the closure of dozens of state parks, the state House voted Monday to ask motorists to pay an extra $5 a …
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009, 4:49 P.M.
Lawmakers OK bill funding U District improvements
OLYMPIA – Spokane’s University District and the area between Pullman and Moscow stand to get millions of dollars in improvements under a bill lawmakers approved Monday.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009
Sales-tax increase could reach ballot
OLYMPIA – Dozens of health care workers and advocates for the poor Friday urged state lawmakers to push ahead with a proposed $1 billion sales-tax increase over the next three …
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009, 9:14 A.M.
Health care groups push for sales-tax hike
Health care groups and advocates for low-income families are hoping lawmakers will ask voters to raise sales taxes.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009
Tax, fee plans may induce sticker shock
OLYMPIA – As Olympia struggles to agree on a major tax plan to send to voters in November, they’re also talking about a lot of small things that will never …
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
Deal close on Washington school-funding overhaul
OLYMPIA – In an eleventh-hour push, education advocates are calling on lawmakers and the governor to update the decades-old rule that spells out what the state should pay for in …
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
Lawmakers propose sales tax increase
OLYMPIA – Voters this fall may find themselves asked this question: Would you be willing to pay a slightly higher sales tax if the millions of dollars it raises went …
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
In brief: House backs plan to join popular-vote compact
Washington could enter a compact with other states to cast its 11 presidential electoral votes for the national popular vote winner, under a measure approved by the Legislature. The House …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009, 12:38 P.M.
Wash. Senate OKs bill to restore voting for felons
The Senate has approved a bill that would let tens of thousands of felons get their voting rights back sooner.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009
Guest opinion: Justice worth the cost
What is the price of justice? In 2005, the price of justice in the state of Washington was three-tenths of 1 percent. That was the amount that the state spent …
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009, 8:18 P.M.
Washington auto dealers get OK to charge higher fees
Car buyers are likely to be paying an extra $100 soon, after Washington lawmakers passed a bill intended to raise millions of dollars for struggling auto dealers. Gov. Chris Gregoire …
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009
Sales tax increase could go before state voters
OLYMPIA – Washington House Speaker Frank Chopp said Thursday that there’s a “better than 50-50” chance that voters will be asked to approve a sales tax increase this fall. As …
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009
Outdoors bill out of committee
Sportsmen in Washington soon may find themselves with lighter wallets, a chance to fish with two poles and at least a couple of new wildlife commissioners. Substitute House Bill 1778 …
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009
Brown, Chopp weighing state income tax
OLYMPIA – For years in Washington’s capital, state income tax proposals have been viewed much like those periodic bills to declare Eastern Washington a 51st state. They’re attention-getters aimed at …
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
Schools take hit in either state budget plan
Neither of the proposed state spending plans being assembled by each legislative chamber in Olympia contains good news for schools. But if Kettle Falls School District Superintendent Greg Goodnight had …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009, 8:28 P.M.
Millions proposed for Eastern Washington construction
Finally, some good budget news out of Olympia. State lawmakers on Wednesday proposed billions of dollars on construction spending over the next two years, including millions for local universities, community …
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009, 4:22 P.M.
House budget proposal digs deeper into higher education
OLYMPIA – A day after the Senate, House lawmakers proposed a budget plan that slices much deeper into higher education but spares K-12 education from some major cuts.
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009, 6:05 P.M.
Proposed Washington budget includes large cuts
OLYMPIA – After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations and speculation, the state Senate on Monday proposed a two-year plan to bridge Washington’s $9 billion budget shortfall.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009
Bill latest volley in fishing war
OLYMPIA – Trying to broker a truce in a long-running dispute, state lawmakers are considering stripping the state Fish and Wildlife Commission of its role overseeing commercial fishing. The move …
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009, 8:20 P.M.
Lawmakers target Fish and Wildlife Commission
Trying to broker a truce in a long-running dispute, lawmakers are considering stripping the state Fish and Wildlife Commission of its role overseeing commercial fishing. The move – likely to …
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
Senate road plan includes Spokane projects
OLYMPIA – The state Senate on Wednesday proposed a $4.3 billion transportation budget that would include $38 million more for the North Spokane Corridor and $250,000 for work on a …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009, 11:37 A.M.
Marmot scurries toward state title
It’s cute, it’s friendly, it greets others of its kind by touching noses and smelling cheeks. It likes to sunbathe on rocks and hang out in the summer along Hurricane …
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
Bill takes on Pinecroft again
OLYMPIA – It doesn’t look like a battleground, but a Spokane Valley mobile home park is again at the heart of a state clash between environmental concerns and affordable housing. …
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009, 6:48 P.M.
Lawmakers target mobile home septic systems
It doesn’t look like a battleground, but a Spokane Valley mobile home park is once again at the heart of a state clash between environmental concerns and affordable housing.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2009
Bill eases voting obstacle for felons
OLYMPIA – For tens of thousands of convicted felons in Washington state, only one thing stands between them and the ballot box: debt. Under current law, felons can’t vote until …
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009, 7:07 P.M.
Lawmakers urged to fix U.S. 195 intersection
OLYMPIA – Two months to the day after a 16-year-old motorist was killed pulling onto U.S. Highway 195, her family and friends traveled to Olympia to call on state lawmakers …
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009
Our View: House rekindles hope despite WEA opposition
Unless political leadership in Olympia takes charge, school reform could end with a whimper. Two bills that carried the tenets of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Washington Learns initiative and the Legislature’s …
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
Labor group’s threat kills bill
OLYMPIA – State lawmakers have killed a labor-backed bill and called for a Washington State Patrol investigation after an organized labor group threatened to tie votes to campaign donations. “The …