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Washington corrections officials disciplined for inmates’ early releases

Gov. Jay Inslee announces disciplinary action from early release of prisoners, names acting corrections secretary.

Inslee threatens to veto bills if budget deal delayed

Gov. Jay Inslee tells lawmakers to reach a budget deal by Thursday night or he’ll veto bills they’ve passed so far.

Legislature OKs authorization for growing industrial hemp

The Legislature has passed a bill that would allow licensed growers to produce industrial hemp in Washington as part of a research program.

Gov. Inslee signs K-12 finance bill to answer Supreme Court

SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed a bill that sets out a plan for finishing the Legislature’s work of reforming the way the state of Washington pays for K-12 education. The measure is the first bill the governor has signed this legislative session. It is designed to answer the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling in the so-called McCleary decision that Washington’s school funding was not adequate or uniform.

Inslee: No reason Legislature shouldn’t get out on time

The Legislature should settle on a budget and finish work by March 10, the last day for the regular session, Gov. Jay Inslee said.

Mother of slain Spokane teenager files $5 million claim against state

Veronica Medina-Gonzalez filed a $5 million claim against the state Friday in the death of her 17-year-old son, Ceasar Medina, allegedly at the hands of a state inmate released early. Jeremiah Smith faces a June trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Going in depth on the inmate early release investigation

Gov. Jay Inslee released details of his office’s independent investigation into the early release of thousands of prison inmates. For links to the report and the exhibits, go inside the blog.

Early release of inmates traced to management failures

Management failures behind years of early release for some prison inmates, report says.

Judges ask Washington high court to ban execution

The state’s high court, which came within one vote of striking down the death penalty a decade ago, is re-examining it. Dozens of former Washington judges have taken the unusual step of urging the court to find it unconstitutional this time – including former Justice Faith Ireland, who sided with the narrow majority in upholding capital punishment back in 2006.

Teacher pay raise in House supplemental budget

House Democrats in Washington have released their supplemental budget proposal, which would close several tax exemptions to pay for the salary increases of public school teachers.

Senate panel holds hearing on early release of prisoners

A Senate panel moved into the next stage of its inquiry into the erroneous early release of prisoners in Washington state, releasing thousands of pages of documents gained through legislative subpoena as they prepared to take testimony from witnesses during a public hearing Monday.

Spin Control: Kids get restless, Senate suspenseful

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee apparently is not a follower of W.C. Fields’ advice against working with children or animals. He may want to reconsider, at least when it comes to children. To provide a backdrop to his recent announcement of setting up the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families, Inslee secured the help of a dozen or so youngsters of various ages that could be conveyed by raising fingers of one tiny hand.

Sunday Spin: Kids make imperfect political props

Inviting toddlers to a political unveiling can have its downside.

State to study department for children’s programs

Commission to study whether state should have Children’s Services Department.

Gov. Inslee wants new agency for vulnerable children, families

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to create a new state agency to deliver services to vulnerable children and families.

17 governors announce clean energy, transportation agreement

Governors from 17 states are committing to work together to seek cleaner energy and transportation, and to build a better electrical grid.

Inslee to announce changes to I-405 tolling, I-5 repairs

Gov. Jay Inslee says he plans to announce changes to the Interstate 405 express lane tolling system.

Will surprise ‘firing’ affect legislative session?

What’s the fallout from the rejection of the state transportation secretary? Hard feelings and distrust, for sure. Higher bond costs, no. Longer session, unknown.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee blasts Senate GOP over ‘political hatchet job’

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee holds press conference about the Senate rejecting his transporation secretary.

Senate rejects state transportation secretary

A divided Senate refused to confirm Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.