Stories tagged: Washington Legislature
THURSDAY, AUG. 5, 2010
Washington state avoids special session
OLYMPIA – With Congress poised to approve $26 billion for Medicaid and school funding, Washington state will dodge the need for a special legislative session or immediate across-the-board spending cuts, …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 4, 2010, 7:46 P.M.
No Washington special session – for now
OLYMPIA –With Congress poised to approve $26 billion for Medicaid and school funding, Washington state will dodge the need for a special legislative session or immediate across-the-board spending cuts, Gov. …
THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010, 12:54 P.M.
Wash. court tosses 90-day warning for malpractice
The state Supreme Court said Thursday it’s unconstitutional to require 90 days notice before suing a doctor, marking the second time in less than a year the court has rejected …
SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010
Candidates must file for office by end of week
For Washington state candidates, it’s put up or shut up time. Starting Monday morning, they have five days to file paperwork and pay the fee necessary to run for one …
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
Editorial: Lawmakers must work together for good of state
Open, visible government is vital to the democratic process, but that doesn’t mean it’s pretty to watch. And as political theater goes, the Washington Legislature’s extended performance in Olympia this …
THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010
Deep budget cuts loom on the horizon
This is a relatively uncomplicated session at the Washington Legislature for hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts. As distracting bills become roadkill en route to the March 11 deadline, everyone’s …
THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010
Spokane councilman making House bid
The field of candidates to replace retiring Democratic state Rep. Alex Wood is growing. Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple confirmed this week that he will compete for Wood’s seat representing …
SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2010
Bills invoke states’ rights
OLYMPIA – Conservative activists in Idaho and Washington are trying to force the federal government to keep out of issues such as guns, health care and the environment. Through legislation …
SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2010, 1 A.M.
Rhetoric springs a leak as Washington legislative session gets under way
OLYMPIA – With only a week down in the legislative session, it’s too soon to make solid predictions about anything meaningful. It’s not too soon, however, to predict that the …
SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2010
No Washington agency safe from budget knife
OLYMPIA – For the casual observer, it may help to regard the Legislature as theater. Some days it’s a comedy, some days it’s a tragedy, but there’s always a big …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010
Police killings spark call to action
OLYMPIA – Judges should be able to deny bail to criminal suspects who are thought to be “inherently dangerous” to the public, Gov. Chris Gregoire and representatives of the state’s …
MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2010
Environmentalists scale back
SEATTLE – With the Legislature facing a $2.6 billion budget deficit, Washington environmentalists have a modest agenda for the upcoming session and hope to avoid further cutbacks they say have …
MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2010
Bill targets zone change notifications
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – State Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, is proposing a bill that would require cities and counties to notify property owners when their properties will be considered …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 2009, 9:06 A.M.
Gregoire: Tax hikes needed to save programs
Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare and education …
TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2009
Wood says he’ll retire at end of seventh term
State Rep. Alex Wood will retire after next year, the seven-term legislator told a group of Democrats on Monday. Wood, who will turn 64 next month, hinted during last year’s …
THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009, 12:08 P.M.
Wash. budget gap zooms to $2.6B through mid-2011
Tax increases probably can’t be avoided as the state tries to patch a budget deficit that’s ballooned to about $2.6 billion, top Democratic lawmakers said Thursday.
FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 2009, 1:09 P.M.
Wash. budget short about $2B through mid-2011
Higher costs for government services have driven the state’s projected budget shortfall to about $2 billion, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget office said Friday.
MONDAY, JULY 6, 2009
State lawmakers keep it local
OLYMPIA – Last year, in his bid to win a seat in the Statehouse, Spokane-area coffee entrepreneur Kevin Parker knocked on nearly 22,000 doors. It worked. In a difficult year …
SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009, 1 A.M.
Washington counting on boost in liquor sales
OLYMPIA – It’s as predictable as a hangover: In hard economic times, governments reach for the hard stuff, jacking up liquor taxes and loosening “blue laws” to siphon money from …
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
State raising rates on health coverage
OLYMPIA – State health officials said Monday they’ve found a way to skirt one of the Legislature’s most heart-rending budget dilemmas: how to yank health coverage from tens of thousands …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009
Gregoire signs budget that slashes spending
OLYMPIA – Calling it a “necessary evil,” Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday signed the nearly 3-inch-thick state budget, cutting billions of dollars in planned state spending over the next two …
THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, 3:31 P.M.
No Wash. special legislative session
Gov. Chris Gregoire will not call a special legislative session for lawmakers to finish their last few bits of work on the state budget, officials said Thursday.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009
Gregoire ‘convinced’ special session needed
OLYMPIA – With tens of millions of dollars for school districts hanging in the balance, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she plans to call lawmakers back to Olympia in May …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009
Session about more than budget woes
OLYMPIA – All eyes were on state spending in Olympia this year, as lawmakers wrestled with their greatest budget problem in decades. But it’s not all that Washington lawmakers did. …
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009
Gregoire to call lawmakers back
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday she intends to call Washington lawmakers back into a special session to finish budget-related bills left undone when midnight struck Sunday night, ending …
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009
Our View: City workers’ pay ought not be immune to recession
‘No one was spared the pain.” Those words were spoken by Rep. Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, as the Washington Legislature skidded to the adjournment of its regular session.
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009, 7 A.M.
Gregoire intends to call special session
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday that she intends to call Washington lawmakers back into a special session to finish up budget-related bills left undone when midnight struck Sunday …
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009
‘Brutal’ session comes to close
OLYMPIA – Lawmakers were on track late Sunday to end a grueling legislative session that saw two lawmakers hospitalized and left the state facing $4 billion in cuts to schools, …
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009
House adds fee to barrels of oil
OLYMPIA – In a controversial move that could increase prices at the gas pump, House lawmakers on Saturday voted to add a $1.50 fee to every barrel of oil brought …
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009
State construction projects nearly set
OLYMPIA – Washington legislators are very close to approving tens of millions of dollars in new buildings and other work in the Spokane region. The capital budget, which was expected …