Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
Thu., May 10, 2012
Sen. Brown was financially ready for campaign
State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown perhaps was too prepared for her re-election bid. She already had ordered her campaign signs when she made the surprise announcement last week that …
Thu., April 26, 2012
Matt Shea to seek third term in state House
Spokane Valley Republican Matt Shea will seek a third term in the state House of Representatives, not the open seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners. Shea had been …
Wed., April 25, 2012, 9:56 a.m.
Shea to seek third House term
Republican Matt Shea will seek re-election to the Legislature rather than running for an open county commission seat.
Wed., April 4, 2012, 12:19 p.m.
Lawsuit faults state GOP caucus reinstatement
OLYMPIA — A Senate Republican senior attorney is seeking a $1.75 million settlement from the state, saying that Senate Republicans have created a hostile work environment by allowing Sen. Pam …
Thu., March 22, 2012
Daniele Modderman serves as House page
Daniele Modderman, a sophomore at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy in Spokane Valley, recently served as a page in the Washington House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Matt …
Sun., Feb. 12, 2012
Spin Control: Perhaps budget is more pressing, but marriage debate was good
OLYMPIA – Republican leaders in the Legislature have been uniformly critical of same-sex marriage bills as the proposals worked their way through the two chambers on what can only be …
Mon., Feb. 6, 2012, 2:46 p.m.
WA House committee advances gay marriage bill
OLYMPIA — A House committee on Monday approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012
Senate approves same-sex marriage
OLYMPIA – With votes to spare, the state Senate passed a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington, sending it to the House of Representatives, where it also …
Sun., Jan. 29, 2012
Farmers, immigrant advocates, others support bill
SEATTLE – In Olympia, it’s not all that often that immigrant advocacy groups and farmers are on the same side of a proposed bill. But the unlikely allies have teamed …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2012, 8:55 a.m.
WA committees to hold gay marriage hearings
OLYMPIA — Senate and House committees are set to hear testimony on whether Washington state should legalize same-sex marriage.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2012, 1:17 p.m.
AP: Gay marriage within reach in WA Legislature
The Washington state Legislature is on the verge of having enough support to approve gay marriage, with votes continuing to realign in the state Senate, according to a tally by …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2012, 3:05 p.m.
WA lawmaker to introduce a plastic bag ban bill
A Burien lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill to ban plastic grocery bags statewide. Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon said he would introduce the bill today. A press conference …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2012
Wash. lawmakers’ ‘short session’ will be dominated by budget
OLYMPIA – Washington legislators find themselves in familiar territory as they return to the Capitol this week. The General Fund budget they thought they had shored up through a series …
Fri., Jan. 6, 2012, 9:14 a.m.
WA Legislature to consider abortion insurance
In the session that begins next week in Olympia, the Washington Legislature will consider a bill that would require private insurance companies that cover maternity care to also pay for …
Wed., Dec. 21, 2011
Gregoire signs budget patch
OLYMPIA – With advice to the Legislature to show up “tan, rested and ready” in January to finish fixing the state’s budget problems, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the $480 million …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2011
Spin Control: Special session another little death
OLYMPIA – In trying to come up with a pithy description for the late special session, I couldn’t shake the memory of a particularly annoying greeting adults seemed to enjoy …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2011
Budgeters put tough decisions on hold
OLYMPIA – For two weeks, legislators have heard emotional, sometimes angry testimony against major cuts to state programs and in favor of raising taxes. Monday, it became apparent they will …
Sat., Dec. 10, 2011
Brown: Budget goals out of reach
OLYMPIA – Legislators will try to fill some of Washington’s looming budget gap next week but won’t come close to the $2 billion in cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed last …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2011
State budget deal elusive
OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire acknowledged legislators are unlikely to pass some $2 billion in budget cuts she proposed in this special session. The governor also sees no chance …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2011
Gregoire seeks funds to train engineers, aerospace workers
OLYMPIA – Less than a month after asking the Legislature to cut $2 billion from the state’s General Fund budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking it to add about $8 …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2011
School officials object to proposed state cuts
OLYMPIA – School officials from across Washington urged legislators to reject plans to cut four days out of the school year or reduce payments designed to help poor districts keep …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2011
Washington budget director urges state cuts
OLYMPIA – Washington state can’t wait until next year to cut its budget, the state’s budget director told legislators Monday. In the wake of recent comments by legislators that cast …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2011, 11:50 a.m.
Budget chief to Legislature: Time’s a-wasting, pass a budget
OLYMPIA — The state can’t wait until next year to make changes to its budget that will reduce spending, the state’s budget director told legislators today.
Sun., Dec. 4, 2011, 11:34 a.m.
Cash-strapped state parks banking on Discover Pass, new approach
The Washington State Parks system, the fourth oldest in the nation, is at a brink of uncertainty in the state’s lingering budget crisis. After 98 years, officials are looking at …
Tue., Sept. 27, 2011, 8:51 a.m.
Washington Dems explore election on tax hikes
Democratic officials have been quietly exploring the logistics of a special election in February that could ask state voters to raise taxes to help fill another budget shortfall, according to …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2011, 1:51 p.m.
Gregoire expects more bad news before summoning lawmakers
Washington’s economic outlook is so much more likely to get worse in the next two months that Gov. Chris Gregoire said she won’t call the Legislature into a special session …
Sat., June 11, 2011
Editorial: Veto needed to assure voter wishes on audit role
To save money, the Legislature has chosen to cut an area of government that saves the government money. Confused? So are we. But here’s the story. Washington state Auditor Brian …
Fri., May 27, 2011, 4:06 p.m.
WSU students face 16 percent tuition hike
Washington State University students face another tuition hike after deep funding cuts to higher education recently passed in the state Legislature. The WSU Board of Regents is expected to approve …
Sun., May 15, 2011
Workers’ comp becoming a yellow brick road-block
OLYMPIA – May might be the cruelest month in the state capital. The rain gives way only sporadically to sun breaks, momentarily lifting the gray gloom that shrouds the dome …
Sun., May 1, 2011
Discover Pass will be ticket to state land access
The Discover Pass – expected to raise up to $64 million in two years for state parks and other lands – is a done deal in the Washington Legislature and …