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Washington education measures to help disadvantaged students

Gov. Jay Inslee signed two education bills in Seattle on Wednesday, both aimed at helping disadvantaged kids get a better education.

Washington Legislature passes budget and heads home

The Legislature adjourned sine die after 80 days, much of it spent trying to settle on a supplemental budget. Lawmakers passed that budget Tuesday and left for home a few hours later.

College savings plan bill signed by Gov. Inslee

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that will start a traditional 529 college savings plan in the state and reopen the old prepaid program frozen last year.

Washington lawmakers pass budget, adjourn

Legislature has a negotiated deal on a supplemental budget. Lawmakers will try to pass it Tuesday and adjourn

Spec Session Day 19: Senate begins overriding vetoes

With a budget deal apparently in hand, the Senate is beginning to override Gov. Jay Inslee’s vetoes of bills he nixed because the Legislature didn’t pass a budget in the regular session.

Inslee signs transportation budget, won’t comment on main budget progress

Gov. Jay Inslee signs a transportation budget, says lawmakers making “some progress” on operating budget.

Inslee signs transpo budget, other bills. No vetoes this time

Gov. Jay Inslee signs supplemental transportation bill, still waiting on operating budget.

Senate panel wants documents on head of prisons

A Senate committee demanded records that include e-mails, appointments and travel schedules for the former head of the Corrections Department.

Washington Senate panel wants records on former corrections secretary

Senate committee demands records about former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner from department and governor’s office.

New budget proposal released on day 1 of special session

The morning after the Legislature is called into special session and Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes 27 bills, Senate Republicans release a new budget proposal.

Lacking budget deal, Inslee vetoes bills and Legislature heads into special session

Shortly after lawmakers adjourned their regular session and started their special session, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he had vetoed 27 of the bills they’d already passed because of their failure to reach a budget compromise.

Inslee vetoes bills as regular session ends without budget

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers closed out their regular session without passing an update to the state operating budget and started up a special session in the span of about 30 minutes Thursday night. Less than an hour later, Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed 27 bills, making good on a threat to take a red pen to legislation if they needed to go into overtime.

Charter school “fix” sent to Gov. Jay Inslee

A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.

WaLeg Day 60: Special session here we come

The Legislature will not have a supplemental budget done by tonight, so there will be a special session for the sixth time in seven years.

WaLeg Day 60: Time running out for session, 37 bills

Thursday is the last day of the regular session and legislators are still working on the budget. That brings up two questions: Will lawmakers go into overtime? Will the governor veto 37 bills?

Washington Legislature passes bill on police body cameras

The Legislature has passed a bill that seeks to keep police body-camera videos available to the public while limiting broad requests for the footage.

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.