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One-day teacher strikes OK with 10-year-old

OLYMPIA – A rare special session hearing on a bill to penalize teachers for one-day strikes featured a walkout by Democrats, questions of legal authority and denunciations of the education …


WHL gets labor law exemptions for young hockey players

OLYMPIA – Young hockey players for the Spokane Chiefs and other Western Hockey League teams in Washington will be exempted from certain labor laws that would have restricted their practice, …


Washington budget talks likely to take second special session

OLYMPIA – Legislators reached a key milestone in the special session over the budgets, but unfortunately it was not the milestone of having a negotiated agreement that would allow them …


Mental health bill gets Washington Gov. Inslee’s signature

OLYMPIA – Family members will be able to ask a court to order temporary psychiatric treatment for a relative they fear isn’t getting needed help under Joel’s Law, one of …


Washington Auditor Troy Kelley’s pension under attack

OLYMPIA – Three Republican senators want to change Washington state law to keep embattled and absent Auditor Troy Kelley from upping his pension if he comes back from leave briefly …


Bill would allow law officers to testify for victims without a supporter

OLYMPIA – By the time Arlene Roberts’ killer came up for sentencing, the 80-year-old woman had been dead for more than three decades, and no friends or relatives were left …


GOP activist fills Fagan’s vacated 9th District seat

OLYMPIA – Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, will represent southeastern Washington in the state House. Dye, 53, was named Friday afternoon by commissioners from the district’s six …


Amended child support bill passes Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, legislation that allows …


UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2015

County leaders pick Mary Dye to replace Susan Fagan in state House

OLYMPIA –Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, will represent southeastern Washington in the state House.


Inslee signs bills to ease liquor laws, ban powdered alcohol

OLYMPIA –With several strokes of the governor’s pen, Washington’s liquor laws were loosened up Thursday, allowing bars to offer small samples of beer and wine, grocery stores to sell large …


Bill intended to help minorities in elections

OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow Washington cities to rearrange voting districts so minorities could have a greater voice in elections was praised Thursday as a way to avoid costly …


Cost of ballot measures must be known prior to submittal

OLYMPIA – Supporters and opponents of state ballot measures will get the official estimate of the cost of proposed laws before writing their statements for the voter’s pamphlets. Under a …


New Washington law targets misleading floral companies

OLYMPIA – A rose is rose is a rose, but an online florist isn’t local just because it has a local phone number on its website. Under a law signed …


GOP officers to pick nominees to replace ex-Rep. Susan Fagan

Republican activists in southeast Washington could choose tonight from among as many as 10 possible candidates to nominate three replacements for former Rep. Susan Fagan. The Pullman legislator resigned Friday …


State capital gains tax wins favor at Democratic hearing

OLYMPIA – With most legislators away from the Capitol and any budget negotiations behind closed doors, Democrats invited people from around the state to a hearing to support a capital …


Washington lawmakers work to fix mental health care system

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers have come up with dozens of ways to fix Washington’s failing mental health care system, including better services at county jails and psychiatric hospitals and a housing …


Spin Control: Teachers’ ‘strike’ rankles GOP leaders

OLYMPIA – Senate Republican leaders were mightily incensed last week when some teachers in some West Side districts decided to go out on “strike” to call for more state funding …


Rep. Fagan officially resigns her seat

OLYMPIA – Rep. Susan Fagan delivered a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee officially resigning her 9th District seat as of today. Fagan, R-Pullman, announced her resignation Wednesday in the …


Rep. Susan Fagan accused of ethics violations, resigning

OLYMPIA – Rep. Susan Fagan faces ethics violations that House officials have deemed “extremely serious” and will resign Friday. Fagan, a Pullman Republican, is accused of inflating mileage reports to …


Pullman Rep. Susan Fagan expected to resign tomorrow due to ethics violations

Rep. Susan Fagan is facing ethics violations that House officials have deemed “extremely serious” and is expected to resign tomorrow.


Inslee signs Sheena Henderson Law as victim’s family looks on

OLYMPIA – The family and friends of a Spokane woman killed by her estranged husband in a murder-suicide last summer watched Tuesday as the bill they hope will prevent similar …


‘Good discussion’ before special legislative session

OLYMPIA – After about 40 minutes of budget discussions with Gov. Jay Inslee and his budget chief Monday, legislative leaders emerged to declare they had made unspecified progress toward a …


Spin Control: Washington legislators left much to do upon their return

OLYMPIA – There will be some well-deserved grousing for the next couple of days about the Legislature and the things it didn’t do. Chief among them, of course, is not …


Washington Legislature wraps up – for now

OLYMPIA – A few hours before the gavel came down on the regular session, Gov. Jay Inslee signed one of the most-discussed laws, one that brings medical marijuana under much …


Inslee calls special session starting Wednesday; budget negotiations to resume sooner

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will go into overtime to handle key issues, including the $38 billion budget needed to keep the state running for two years starting July 1. …


Washington Legislature heading into overtime

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will need to go into overtime to handle key issues, including an agreement on the $38 billion budget needed to keep the state running for …


Campaign finance bill dies in Senate

OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform bill that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight between the two caucuses in the …


Gov. Inslee requires study before raising speed limit

OLYMPIA – Legislation that could raise highway speed limits to 75 mph in some parts of Washington was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill, which will …


Inslee issues Earth Day wishlist

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee didn’t send out cards for Earth Day, but he did send a message to the Legislature that he wants more than just an operating budget …


Free golf tickets OK’d by Legislative Ethics Board

OLYMPIA – Some legislators could accept free tickets to the U.S. Open golf tournament under a decision filed Tuesday by a state ethics board. Legislative Ethics Board members agreed almost …