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Spin Control 2014 Washington Legislature archive

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

McMorris Rodgers challenges Pakootas to 3 debates 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers challenged Democratic opponent Joe Pakootas today to three debates this fall, including two in Spokane. Pakootas said he planned to counter with a proposal to do at least two more in other areas around the large congressional district. . . To...

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

McCleary attorney pans Legislature's ed report

OLYMPIA – Legislators’ recent report on how they will improve public education is so lousy they should be held in contempt, plaintiffs in the landmark case over school funding told the state Supreme Court. Maybe the court should levy fines, take control of the budget...

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

4th Cong District: Then there were 10

The number of candidate's for Central Washington's 4th Congressional District seat climbed into double digits for Thursday as a second Democrat and an independent joined the crowd. Tony Sandoval, a Yakima businessman, filed as a Democrat. Richard Wright of Kennewick, who ran unsuccessfully against Doc...

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Inslee signs most of 'disappointing' budget 

OLYMPIA – The ink from his signature wasn’t even dry on the Legislature's current budget before Gov. Jay Inslee was challenging lawmakers to do more on their next one. Inslee signed the state’s supplemental operating budget, vetoing some elements such as a section that would...

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Drone bill vetoed 

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to regulate the use of drones by law enforcement and other agencies was vetoed Friday. Gov. Jay Inslee said the bill did not do enough to protect the public's right to privacy and raised questions about public records. In its place,...

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Education bill raises graduation requirements

OLYMPIA – Washington high school students will need 24 credits to earn a diploma, with an extra credit of math and science, starting in 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday that legislators said will help give students a “meaningful diploma” increasing both the...

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill designating the official state oyster, with a plate of them on the table with the bill. (Jim Camden)

Bills, bills and a plate of oysters

OLYMPIA – Children will have to have lawyers before a court can sever their parents’ rights. Juveniles will have more protection against self-incrimination in Washington. Marijuana growers won’t get tax breaks that other farmers get. People who sign local initiative petitions more than once will...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014

House Judiciary Chairwoman Laurie Jinkins, left, talks with Stephanie Holten, center, of Spokane, and Grace Huang of the state Coalition Against Domestic Violence. (Jim Camden)

Gun surrender law could save lives, victim says 

Stephanie Holten, center, talks with Rep. Laurie Jinkins and Grace Huang of the state Coalition Against Domestic Violence. OLYMPIA – When her ex-husband pointed a gun at her and threatened to blow her head off while she knelt in her Spokane living room, there was...

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Senators' per diem pay going up 33%

OLYMPIA -- State senators will be able to collect an extra $30 a day for expenses during legislative sessions under a rule approved Tuesday by a committee of their members. The Senate Facilities and Operations Committee voted 4-3 to raise the allowance for daily expenses...

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Immigrant protections added to labor law

OLYMPIA – Washington employers who threaten their immigrant employees with deportation or the destruction of their documents while forcing them to work can be charged with a felony. A new law signed Wednesday stiffens the penalties for coercing workers into forced labor, adding to existing...

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As Palouse Falls. . . 

OLYMPIA – Palouse Falls is officially the state water fall. In a ceremony this afternoon with the Eastern Washington falls as a backdrop and dozens of Washtucna Elementary students around the table, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill that bestows the title on the geologic...

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If you find yourself missing the Lege. . .

OLYMPIA – So the Legislature blew Dodge on time for the first time since 2009. Sure, you’re saying “good riddance” now, but that may change if they avoid a special session and don’t show up until next January. Political junkies who have been glued to...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

WA Lege 2014: The done and the undone 

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed up shop with seven minutes before its constitutionally mandated midnight stopping time Thursday, ending a short session that was short on expectations, and many would argue, short on accomplishments. After passing an updated operating budget that even supporters said contained...

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OLYMPIA -- Gov Jay Inslee and his wife Trudy watch action on the floor of the Senate on the last evening of the legislative session. (Jim Camden)

Down to the wire

Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife Trudi watch floor action in the Senate on the last night of the session. OLYMPIA -- With time running out, the Legislature agreed to let military veterans attend Washington's public college on in-state tuition, and extended a fee on...

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Supplemental budget passes

OLYMPIA -- Barely six hours after it was unveiled to the public, the Legislature passed the 2014 supplemental budget and sent it to Gov. Jay Inslee. The budget passed the House 85-13, and the Senate 48-1. For a full report, go inside the blog.

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Stick a fork in the medical pot bills

OLYMPIA --Washington's two marijuana systems -- an older one for medical patients and a new one for "recreational use" by adults --may remain separate at least for another year. Legislators involved in negotiations over proposals to merge the two as Washington gets its new legal...

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Budget deal released

OLYMPIA -- A supplemental budget that raises no taxes, offers no new tax loopholes and provides no state-funded raises for teachers is expected to be pushed through the Legislature today on a fast track. Budget negotiators unveiled their negotiated spending plan to the public at...

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WA Lege Day 60: Final day?

OLYMPIA -- On the last day of the regular session, the Legislature has a few things on its plate: A supplemental operating budget, which apparently will be shown to members around 10 a.m., and to the public around noon. It will have to pass in...

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House passes end of Innovate WA bill

OLYMPIA -- The latest version of a bill to end the Innovate Washington program passed the House 97-0 Wednesday evening. In the latest iteration, the Spokane-based agency becomes a program in the state Commerce Department that ends on June 30, 2015. In the meantime, it...

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No budget rollout until Thursday

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature will start the last day of its scheduled session without showing the public its supplemental budget. The budget, which is the update of the biennial budget passed last year, is said to be close, with only relatively small things in the...

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OLYMPIA-- Sen. Mark Schoesler, center, discusses what's ahead for the final day of the Legislature at a press conference with Rep. Dan Kristiansen and Sen. Linda Evans Parlette. (Jim Camden)

Transpo package is dead 

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler talks about what will and won't happen during the remainder of the session at a press conference with House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen and Senate Republican Caucus Chairwoman Linda Evans Parlette. OLYMPIA -- Good news for Spokane motorists: You won't...

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