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Wash. House approves bonds for school upgrades

Voters would decide whether to launch a statewide package of energy-efficient school makeovers under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House.


Abortion foes rally on Capitol steps

OLYMPIA — Opponents of abortion filled the Capitol steps Tuesday as legislators urged them to fight against federal health care mandates and proposals that would set new rules for their …


State phosphorus restrictions could spread to lawn fertilizer

OLYMPIA – Washington, which already has restrictions on laundry and dishwasher detergents, could ban phosphorus in lawn fertilizers. A bill before the state Senate would require low- or no-phosphorus fertilizers …


Is lawn fertilizer next for phosphorus ban?

Washington, which already has restrictions on laundry and dishwasher detergents, could ban phosphorus in lawn fertilizers.


Gregoire proposes preschool licensing

OLYMPIA – Washington state should help low-income residents get their children into the preschool of their choice, but the state should also establish standards for facilities that help prepare 3- …


Secondary offense is a primary concern

Lawmakers convening in Olympia want to toughen laws on two types of illegal driving: speeding through school zones and talking on cell phone without a hands-free device. State Sen. Tracey …


Tougher penalties eyed for driving cell phone users

Some Washington state lawmakers are looking to crack down even more on drivers who use a cell phone without a handsfree device.


Bill eases distillery rules

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature is being asked to expand the amount of liquor small distillers can produce in a year and allow them to make special products. The bill, …


U.S. high court to take up referendum signatures case

OLYMPIA – The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the names of Washington voters who sign a petition to put a law on the ballot can be made public. The …


Area delegation gets message: Don’t ask

OLYMPIA – A Spokane-area delegation on its annual pilgrimage to the state capital got a consistently downbeat message this week: Don’t expect money for new programs or projects. “The message …


Lawmakers tout states’ rights

OLYMPIA – The time has come for people who believe in states’ rights to move from protest to political action, a Spokane Valley legislator told a crowd on the steps …


Spokane delegation to Olympia hears grim message

OLYMPIA – A Spokane-area delegation on its annual pilgrimage to the state capital got a consistently downbeat message this week: Don’t expect money for new programs or projects.


Olympia protesters call for reins on federal power

The time has come for people who believe in states’ rights to move from protest to political action, a Spokane Valley legislator told a crowd on the steps of the …


Pot hearing draws crowd

OLYMPIA – While the Legislature wrestles with a huge budget shortfall that generates hearings on everything from closing state institutions to raising college tuition, the most heavily attended hearing Wednesday …


Legislators weigh legalizing marijuana v. decriminalizing it

While the Legislature wrestles with a huge budget shortfall that forces hearings on everything from closing state institutions to raising college tuition, the most heavily attended hearing Wednesday involved a …


Gregoire proposes sentencing changes

Gov. Chris Gregoire wants sentencing changes for offenders who are mentally ill.


Gregoire looks for balance in new budget

Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …


Cuts, aid and taxes all part of Gregoire’s budget plan

Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …


Gregoire wants to create 40,000 jobs

Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to combat the state’s high unemployment rate by drawing new businesses to the state and creating up to 40,000 new jobs this year.


Wash. lawmaker wants to banish negative language

Decades ago, poor children became known as “disadvantaged” to soften the stigma of poverty. Then they were “at-risk.” Now, a Washington lawmaker wants to replace those euphemisms with a new …


Washington lawmakers meet, recess ahead of state of the state

OLYMPIA – Facing a $2.6 billion budget hole and a choice between cutting programs or raising taxes, the Washington Legislature opened Monday with a brief ceremony and repeated references to …


Senate majority leader looks ahead to tough session

Lisa Brown’s office, just off the floor of the Washington state Senate chambers, was abuzz last week with legislators, staff and people who needed a few minutes to talk about …


No Washington agency safe from budget knife

OLYMPIA – For the casual observer, it may help to regard the Legislature as theater. Some days it’s a comedy, some days it’s a tragedy, but there’s always a big …


Let the annual finger-pointing begin

OLYMPIA – There are two relatively famous quotes that come to mind as the Legislature rumbles toward opening day Monday. One is the standard axiom that no man’s life, liberty …