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OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee congratulates Rep. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney, the sponsor of a bill that reforms the way legal financial obligations are handled by Washington courts. Inslee signed the bill into law Tuesday. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review)

Indigent offenders to get break on some legal costs

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

Indigent people can be spared court fees that result from a criminal conviction and can’t be sanctioned for their inability to pay restitution and fines, under a bill signed Tuesday.
FILE - Virginia Graham, seen here in this 2012 photo, is hoping to parlay work on a new state law governing the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases to a seat in the state House of Representatives as a Republican. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

GOP candidate Virginia Graham files for House seat in 6th District

UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 12:02 p.m.

The northwest Spokane resident said she was inspired to run after working with Reps. John Ahern and Jeff Holy on state legislation that extended the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to report their trauma.

A long line of bills are placed on a table in the Governor’s conference room at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center right, begins a signing ceremony. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Student journalists get freedom to publish

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Student journalists at public schools and colleges will be free to publish what they want, without the fear of administrative backlash, under a new law signed Wednesday.