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Senate leaders roll out competing budget plan

In a counter to House Democrats, Senate Republicans released a budget that cuts college tuition, sends an extra $1.2 billion to public schools and has no general tax increase.


Proposal to boost Washington minimum wage brings varied views

OLYMPIA – Raising the state’s minimum wage to $12 by 2019 was described as not enough by some and too much by others as a Senate committee provided another forum …


Washington teachers union opposes bill tying evaluations to test scores

OLYMPIA – Members of Washington’s largest teachers union gathered on the Capitol campus Monday to oppose a bill that would tie teacher evaluations – and, potentially, salaries – to student …


Washington bill would require insurers to cover telemedicine services

OLYMPIA – The practice of telemedicine – using real-time video technology to get medical advice from afar – is becoming a standard of the health care industry, bringing the aid …


Education, mental health are top priorities in House budget proposal

OLYMPIA – Washington would spend an extra $1.4 billion on public schools, increase money for mental health programs and give raises to teachers and state workers, under a two-year budget …


House Transportation Committee urged to raise gas tax, vehicle fees during hearing

OLYMPIA – A steady stream of business leaders and local government officials urged a House panel to raise the gasoline tax and several other vehicle fees and spend the projected …


WSU medical school in Spokane gets Senate OK

OLYMPIA – Washington State University should soon have the authority to start a new medical school on its Spokane campus. The question now is, will it have the money to …


Panel hears support for involuntary rehab

OLYMPIA – At the height of his battle with alcohol and drug addiction, Ricky Garcia’s trips to the emergency room were a daily occurrence. Substance abuse took a toll on …


Legislature clears way for WSU medical school

The Legislature gave Washington State University the authority to start its own medical school in Spokane as the Senate gave final approval to a bill this morning that repeals a …


Washington lawmakers study marijuana rules

OLYMPIA – Leading the way for legalized marijuana nationally doesn’t mean just anything goes in Washington when it comes to pot. Instead, it provides a springboard into new questions for …


Minimum wage bill to get hearing in Senate

OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $12 by 2019 – which has proved a major bone of contention between Democrats and Republicans this session …


Washington bill seeks to limit antler collecting

OLYMPIA – Elk antlers can bring top dollar when sold as a boost to a person’s love life, but a bill in the Washington Legislature would crack down on people …


Shawn Vestal: Gun rights advocates take risk by objecting to bill

They’ve got your number, gun grabbers. The gun lobby has again helped undermine a piece of common-sense public safety legislation. The proposal, Washington House Bill 1857, would have allowed judges …


Zombies show support in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Note to grade school students planning a civics trip to the state Capitol during the session: You never know who you’ll see here. The governor. Legislators. Lobbyists. Zombies …


Health experts call for e-cigarette tax, regulation

OLYMPIA – With about a fourth of high school seniors in a recent survey saying they use e-cigarettes, health experts urged the state should tax and regulate the new way …


House panel hears concerns over oil train legislation

OLYMPIA – Proposed rules for trains carrying oil across Washington don’t put enough responsibility on the railroads and should include oil pipelines, a Spokane city councilman told a House committee …


Guest opinion: Don’t reward wage theft violators

Ask yourself: Should government award government contracts to those who willfully steal money from their workers? Wage theft is a bigger problem than most realize, and it takes many forms. …


Bill would give stiffer penalties to criminals using drones

OLYMPIA – Convicted felons could get an additional year in prison for using a toy helicopter to commit a crime, under a bill that is buzzing through the Legislature. Sponsored …


House panel discusses Inslee’s carbon cap-and-trade proposal

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to charge some of the state’s largest businesses for carbon pollution their operations generate drew praise and criticism Thursday in its debut before a …


Inslee won’t block WSU med school

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee implied Thursday that he will sign a bill giving Washington State University permission to start its own medical school in Spokane. But he made clear …


Washington Senate passes disclosure bill aimed at nonprofits

OLYMPIA – Many nonprofit organizations that give $25,000 or more to political campaigns in Washington would have to disclose their largest donors, under a bill the Senate passed unanimously on …


Washington state Senate passes bill to slash college tuition rates

OLYMPIA – Amid fears that cutting tuition would harm the quality of Washington’s higher-education programs, the state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that could slash rates by as much as …


Senate passage puts WSU step closer to medical school

OLYMPIA – For the second time in less than a day, Washington State University’s hopes for its own medical school got a major boost Tuesday as the Senate overwhelmingly approved …


Bill to revise wolf plan passes Washington House

OLYMPIA – The state could revise a 4-year-old plan on wolves to account for their rapid growth in northeast Washington under a bill that received unanimous approval in the House …


Senate passes WSU med school bill

OLYMPIA — The morning after the House, the Senate passed an identical bill that would WSU the authority, but not the money, to start a new medical school in Spokane.


Bill would require statement on initiatives’ funding on ballot

OLYMPIA – State initiatives would contain a ballot message that they could require the Legislature to cut programs or raise taxes if they pass under a bill passed overwhelmingly by …


Spin Control: Something rare from a politician: A sincere apology

OLYMPIA – In the Legislature, if there is a corollary to the rule “one good turn deserves another,” it is “one stupid thing begets another.” So it was late last …


Bills seek to boost state nuclear efforts

OLYMPIA – Washington could renew its interest in nuclear energy by finding locations for small reactors and teaching teens about the industry, under a pair of bills the Senate passed …


Bill would block release of sex predators who refuse treatment

OLYMPIA – Sexually violent predators who don’t take part in prescribed treatment could not be released from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island under a bill approved overwhelmingly by …


Pot lounges among marijuana issues lawmakers asked to consider

OLYMPIA – As legislators worked this week to blend the state’s recreational and medical marijuana laws, Spokane Valley officials asked them to consider one more wrinkle in the rapidly changing …