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Spin Control 2014 Washington Legislature archive

THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

Bill would make trash-generated power renewable

OLYMPIA – Electricity from the West Plains garbage incinerator would be classified as a renewable energy, and be more valuable to an electric utility, under a bill proposed by Spokane Sen. Mike Baumgartner. Spokane’s waste-to-energy plant should be designated as a renewable resource, Baumgartner told...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

Medical pot proposal slammed in morning hearing 

OLYMPIA -- Medical marijuana patients bashed a proposal by state agencies to change current state laws on the drug as everything from unworkable to unconstitutional at a morning legislative hearing. Legislators also sharply questioned staff from the Liquor Control Board and the Department of Health...

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WA Lege Day 3: Lots of committee hearings

OLYMPIA -- The ceremonial beginnings of the Legislature now over, the honorables get down to the more mundane work: Committee hearings. There will be hearings on medical marijuana legislation at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. A bill on "knockout game" assaults at 1:30 p.m. Discussions...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

Inslee: Do more hard things. GOP: Be more specific.

OLYMPIA – Washington should raise its minimum wage, spend more on schools and highways, raise teacher salaries and do something about climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “We have done hard things. And we can do more,” the Democratic governor told a joint legislative...

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MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

OLYMPIA -- House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, calls for a vote on the DREAM Act after opening the legislative session Monday. The bill passed 71-23. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 1: House passes DREAM Act 

House Speaker Frank Chopp presides over the opening day of the session. OLYMPIA -- The House moved swiftly to reiterate its support for expanding college aid to qualifying students who aren't legal residents, passing the so-called DREAM Act less than an hour after the session...

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee talks with TVW's Anita Kissee in the hallway outside the legislative chambers before the session starts Monday. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 1:Session opens at noon

Gov. Jay Inslee talks with TVW's Anita Kissee before the session starts. OLYMPIA -- The Legislature returns to the Capitol for its 2014 session with caucuses in the morning and formal opening at noon. Opening days are often light on substance other than opening speeches....

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SATURDAY, JAN. 11, 2014

THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

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