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Washington bill to ban certain therapies for gay youth likely dead

OLYMPIA – A bill to ban therapies that try to change the sexual orientation of homosexual youths is likely dead for this legislative session. Although both chambers gave strong support …


Washington newborns will be screened for heart defects under new law

OLYMPIA – Christian Lybbert was born with only two chambers in his heart, rather than the normal four, but his parents didn’t know that when they brought him home from …


Baumgartner bill targets left-lane slowpokes

OLYMPIA – Slowpokes beware. Driving under the speed limit while in the fast lane could get pricey under legislation being pushed by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, who wants a …


WDFW drafts list of potential budget cuts

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has drafted a list of more than $10 million in potential cuts for the 2015-17 budget cycle, including closing some trout hatcheries and …


Spin Control: Ousting state auditor Troy Kelley may be difficult

OLYMPIA – The chorus for Troy Kelley to resign as state auditor after he was indicted on federal charges Thursday grew louder as last week drew to a close, but …


Washington teachers receive same base pay no matter location

While many rural school districts in the United States struggle to recruit and retain quality teachers, Washington is one of just a few states where a teacher’s base salary is …


Competing plans on how to fix school taxes get airing

OLYMPIA – A proposed change in the way school districts levy property taxes and help pay their teachers was described by Republican supporters as “revenue neutral” when introduced this week. …


In reversal, bill banning powdered alcohol goes to Inslee

OLYMPIA – A plan to legalize powdered alcohol is headed down the drain. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to ban the controversial product, which turns water into rum or vodka, …


Budget talks stall along partisan lines

OLYMPIA – Budget negotiations between Washington House Democrats and Senate Republicans stalled Wednesday evening, with each side accusing the other of forcing the legislative session past its scheduled April 26 …


Parties offer dueling education plans at 11th hour

OLYMPIA – Democrats and Republicans unveiled different plans Wednesday to pump more state money into public schools just as the Legislature is supposed to be wrapping up this year’s session. …


Washington Senate OKs marijuana regulation changes

OLYMPIA – A major revision to the state’s marijuana laws, blending the medical and recreational systems and setting up a voluntary registry for adult patients, overwhelmingly passed the Senate on …


Gas tax hike closer

OLYMPIA – Transportation projects in the city of Spokane would get more money, but projects in Spokane Valley would get less, in the Washington Legislature’s second proposal to raise the …


Spin Control: China flag at Capitol stirs flap

OLYMPIA – Hey, did you hear about how some true patriots tore down the Chinese flag that was flying over the Washington Capitol last weekend because the pinko governor was …


House bills rewrite pot laws

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana patients would have to register with the state and pay some taxes on the products they buy from state-licensed stores under major rewrites of Washington’s pot …


Washington House approves $5 fee on studded tires

OLYMPIA – Motorists who want to use studded snow tires soon may have to pay more. Legislation that cleared the state House of Representatives on Friday, and appears to already …


House passes ban on therapies that try to change sexual orientation

OLYMPIA – The House moved to ban therapy that some believe can change homosexual orientation and others contend is dangerous and ineffective. It passed a revised version of a Senate …


$7.7 billion Washington transportation budget gets House OK

OLYMPIA – The House approved a transportation budget Thursday that includes money to repave nearly 2,100 miles of state highway, repair up to 50 structurally deficient bridges and continue work …


Senate approves plan to allow 75 mph speed limit

OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow the state Department of Transportation to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph will be decided by Gov. Jay Inslee.


Smaller class sizes still popular idea in Washington, poll says

OLYMPIA – Legislative Republicans were confident Tuesday that voters would back away from last year’s class-size initiative if given the chance this fall, even though a new poll suggests the …


Efforts address backlog of rape kits

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers are considering ways to clear a statewide backlog of nearly 6,000 untested rape kits containing DNA evidence that could put repeat sexual offenders behind bars or exonerate …


Senate OKs budget plan calling for another class-size vote

OLYMPIA – Washington voters could be asked this fall whether they really want smaller class sizes in all public schools like they approved in November, or if they’d settle for …


Editorial: Legislature deserves court’s reproof after mental health cuts

Because of shameful neglect, the state of Washington has once again been placed under court supervision to ensure it meets a constitutional obligation. With schools, it was a violation of …


Fourth DUI a felony under bill OK’d by Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – Motorists who rack up four convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs would face a felony charge under a bill that the Washington Senate passed …


Nuclear energy getting Washington legislative support

OLYMPIA – Support for nuclear power has radiated through the Legislature this session with bills to promote power plant manufacturing and develop a nuclear science education program in public schools. …


UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2015

House passes budget, Senate must try again

OLYMPIA – Both chambers of the Legislature debated budgets worth tens of billions of dollars over the next two years, arguing whether they were just directing spending or making statements …


Inslee demands answers from state auditor

OLYMPIA – State Auditor Troy Kelley, who turned down a request to appear before a legislative committee Wednesday, got a new request for information from elsewhere in the Capitol. Gov. …


Inslee signs bill allowing WSU med school; funding still in flux

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday that allows Washington State University to launch a new medical school in Spokane. But after he was surrounded by supportive legislators …


Warning sign memorializes Colfax man killed texting and driving

The only parts of Sam Thompson’s car that were recognizable after he drove head-on into a semi last year were the rear wheels and trunk. Everything else was nearly shredded. …


Wage, equal-pay, leave bills stalled in Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – Proposals for a $12 minimum wage, mandatory sick leave and a new equal-pay law could be dead in the Washington Legislature. Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Mike …


Washington Senate GOP unveils rival budget

OLYMPIA – Senate Republicans released a two-year no-new-taxes state budget Tuesday that is much different than the House Democrats’ spending plan for the next two years, putting both proposals on …