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Constitutionality of I-960 debated

OLYMPIA – Changing rules for tax increases imposed by voters in 2007 would either flout the will of the people or restore majority rule to the Legislature, a Senate panel …


Citizens’ tax curb on block

OLYMPIA – Senate leaders want to make it easier for state lawmakers to raise taxes. Democrats will begin a move today to suspend the supermajority required to raise taxes that …


Students’ walkout doesn’t send best message

Could it be that student activism isn’t as dormant as it seems? We’ll know more this afternoon when students at public universities across Washington are being rallied to walk out …


Hospital impasse prompts bill

OLYMPIA – A dispute between Spokane’s two hospital systems spilled over into the legislative session Tuesday as a Senate panel considered changing a law that would determine how a judge …


Capitol lawn’s steel mole traps garner warning

OLYMPIA – A state agency has used illegal traps to kill moles around the Capitol and the governor’s mansion for about a decade, ever since voters banned them with an …


Agency chided over Capitol lawn’s illegal mole traps

A state agency has used illegal traps to kill moles around the Capitol and the governor’s mansion for about a decade, ever since voters banned them with an initiative.


Gregoire counting on federal cash

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said she’s confident the federal government will come up with $435 million for Medicaid reimbursements over the next 18 months, easing somewhat the cuts the …


Gregoire expects more federal support for Medicaid

Gov. Chris Gregoire said she’s confident the federal government will come up with some $435 million in money for Medicaid reimbursements over the next 18 months, easing somewhat the cuts …


Editorial: Legislators need caution on red light camera bills

Perception isn’t reality, but it’s good enough for two Washington state lawmakers who want to curtail the fines for motorists who are caught on camera running red lights. Sen. John …


Hard to detect crisis by pace of action so far

“They’re working at a fever pitch.” Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, describing legislative activity last Monday


Spokane County, city eye joint use of Pine Lodge facilities for jail

Washington state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women to see whether it can be shared with Spokane County and the city of Spokane. State …


Court puts hold on felon voting

OLYMPIA – Voter registration drives may as well skip the state prisons for now. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a temporary hold on its order that felons …


Editorial: Gun-ban bill takes too scattershot an approach

Last November, a man with a handgun executed four Lakewood, Wash., police officers in a coffee shop. Nearly a month later, a man with a handgun and rifle ambushed two …


State rethinks plan to close Pine Lodge

Washington state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women to see whether it can be shared with Spokane County and the city of Spokane.


Bill seeks cap on red light runner fines

OLYMPIA – Spokane and any other city in Washington that uses cameras to catch red light runners could have their ticket fines limited to $25 under a proposal before the …


Bill would limit red-light fines

OLYMPIA — Spokane and any other city in Washington that uses cameras to catch red-light runners could have their ticket fines limited to $25 under a proposal before the Legislature.


Bills put golf cart drivers near par

TACOMA – Two state legislators are looking to move golf carts from fairways to roadways. A bill by Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, would let people drive golf carts in bike …


Bill would ban some semi-automatics

OLYMPIA – A proposal to ban certain semi-automatic firearms was praised by the mother of a shooting victim and a city police chief Tuesday, but panned by gun-rights activists. The …


Proposed ban on some assault weapons gets mixed reviews

OLYMPIA — A proposal to ban certain semi-automatic firearms was praised by the mother of a shooting victim and a city police chief Tuesday, but panned by gun-rights activists.


Bill would curb patient trips

Dangerous mental health patients would be barred from leaving state hospitals for most excursions without specific court orders under a bill the Legislature is considering. The bill, prompted by the …


Gregoire to Congress: ‘Get it done’

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and a phalanx of state officials who deal with health care had a message Monday for congressional Democrats who may be wavering on the issue …


Editorial: States’ rights bills waste lawmakers’ time, efforts

After the painful budget cuts of 2009, Washington and Idaho lawmakers are reconvening and contemplating more reductions. It’s serious business, but it is why they were elected. They were not …


Wash. House passes bill to ban BPA in baby bottles

The Washington state House has approved a bill that would ban the chemical bisphenol A from baby bottles and other food and drink containers.


Gregoire urges Congress to take action on health care

Gov. Chris Gregoire and a phalanx of state officials who deal with health care tried to send a message to a Congress that may be wavering on the issue in …


Bills invoke states’ rights

OLYMPIA – Conservative activists in Idaho and Washington are trying to force the federal government to keep out of issues such as guns, health care and the environment. Through legislation …


Eyman has point in filing fee tussle

OLYMPIA – The Legislature is considering a proposal that seems like a bad idea as written, but if one thinks of it as only half an idea, it might be …


Credit score ban faces tough road

OLYMPIA – A credit score should not be used to help determine how much a person pays for home or auto insurance premiums, State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler told a …


Committee put early stop to marijuana proposals

OLYMPIA – Efforts to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use in Washington may have been snuffed out Wednesday as a House committee refused to send either proposal to the floor. A …


State budget plans in ‘fuzzy zone’

OLYMPIA – Washington Republicans wasted little time trying to draw connections between a Democratic Senate loss in Massachusetts and political prospects in the Evergreen State. Washington Democrats conceded that the …


House committee rejects two marijuana bills

Efforts to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use in Washington may have been snuffed out Wednesday as a House committee refused to send either proposal to the floor.