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Washington lawmakers mull rules for powdered alcohol

OLYMPIA – Many states are banning powdered alcohol – a controversial product that turns water into rum or vodka. But in Washington, lawmakers want to legalize, tax and regulate it …


WSU med school backers seek ‘clean’ bill

OLYMPIA – A bill to give Washington State University permission to start its own medical school might seem like a locomotive sitting at the station, ready to steam down the …


Senate passes bill requiring data on mentally ill patients turned away

OLYMPIA – The state would find out how many people with mental illness are being turned away from treatment facilities under a bill the Senate passed unanimously Wednesday. Under the …


Washington House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $12

OLYMPIA – Washington would raise the minimum wage for most workers to $12 an hour by 2019 under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday after a spirited partisan …


Gas tax increase passes Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – A controversial package of higher taxes and fees which would raise gasoline taxes by 11.7 cents over three years passed the Senate Monday on a 27-22 vote. By …


Shea says student-tracking bill poses terror risk to military families

OLYMPIA – Terrorists could use data from school report cards to track American soldiers and their families if a bill that passed the House on Monday becomes law, a Spokane …


House budget panel approves changing law to allow medical school

OLYMPIA – The prospects for a new medical school operated by Washington State University took a step forward late Friday evening as a key committee approved a bill to make …


Two Washington bills would get mentally ill help quicker

OLYMPIA – Seeking treatment for Washington’s mentally ill may soon become easier. The House Appropriations Committee passed two bills Friday that could involve mental health experts more quickly when friends, …


Senate OKs shift in road project spending

OLYMPIA – The Senate approved a controversial shift in spending for major road projects Friday but had to delay a vote on increasing the gasoline tax to settle a question …


Washington bill calls to adjust wolf plan

OLYMPIA – An Eastern Washington rancher lost some 300 sheep to wolves last year when the flock was sent to a grazing area that contained a wolf den. Wildlife experts …


Speed limit boost for I-90 stretch gains traction

OLYMPIA – Washington’s speed limit could rise to 75 mph under proposals being considered by the Legislature. One bill to raise highway speed limits was fast-tracked through a House committee …


Three bills in Washington would create new license plate designs

OLYMPIA – Washington drivers can choose from 47 specially designed license plates that support causes including breast cancer research, orca preservation, square dancing and lighthouse restoration. And drivers may soon …


Washington considers 75 mph speed limit

OLYMPIA – Washington’s speed limit could rise to 75 mph under proposals being considered by the Legislature.


Washington lawmaker calls for focus on nuclear energy

OLYMPIA – The state should embrace nuclear energy by investing in small reactors that can fit on a train or semitruck, a Tri-Cities legislator says. Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, is …


Washington Senate honors early Civil Air Patrol members

OLYMPIA – Richard Hagmann was working at a war production plant in his native Los Angeles in 1941 when a friend of a friend told him about a new group …


Bill would ban displaying, selling human remains

OLYMPIA – Selling or displaying human remains for commercial purposes would be illegal under a bill approved Friday by a House committee – except if it’s being done for educational …


Senate panel calls for full audit of WWAMI

OLYMPIA – As questions over dueling medical school proposals continue to mount, lawmakers said they wanted a better accounting of how the money is being spent. A Senate committee Thursday …


Minimum wage hike, sick leave bills go to House

OLYMPIA – Proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour over four years and require sick leave for most workers passed a key committee Thursday on partisan …


WSU medical school bills take detour in House, Senate

OLYMPIA – Bills that would give Washington State University the authority to start a medical school in Spokane, which last week seemed on the fast track, have hit an unexpected …


Minimum wage hike to $12 considered by Washington

OLYMPIA – To gauge the divide between the two chambers in this session, one need look no further than proposals on the minimum wage. Currently the highest for any state …


Spin Control: Legislators may rethink how they work

OLYMPIA – The Legislature is, by practice and constitutional decree, a part-time gig. Some years are more part time than others, and some legislators put in more hours than their …


Medical marijuana revisions proposed

OLYMPIA – Major changes to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry passed the Senate after sponsors beat back a challenge to requirements for a patient database and a plea …


UW to legislators: ‘Revenge porn’ big state issue

OLYMPIA – “Revenge porn” – what some call the posting of intimate photos of a former partner online without their permission – may be a bigger problem than legislators realized. …


House bill would require second opinion for foster children prescriptions

OLYMPIA – Washington’s foster care system forces too many children to take mind-altering drugs, mental health experts told state legislators Friday. They supported a bill that would require foster homes …


Bipartisan agreement sends $15 billion state highway bill to Senate

OLYMPIA – Bipartisan negotiations may have broken the Senate gridlock over how to fix problems with the state’s roads and bridges, generating a plan to spend nearly $15 billion over …


Bill seeks college tuition and wage link

OLYMPIA – College tuition could fall more than 25 percent under a bill to link it to Washington wages. To make up the difference, Senate Republicans want to give universities …


WSU med school bills advance

OLYMPIA – Washington State University is two steps closer to starting its own medical school in Spokane. Legislative committees in each chamber agreed overwhelmingly Tuesday that a state law restricting …


Two panels approve WSU med school bills

OLYMPIA — A bill that would allow Washington State University to start a medical school in Spokane passed a House committee on a 12-1 vote this morning. The companion bill …


Washington’s ‘Sheena’s Law’ presented to committee

OLYMPIA – Family and friends of a woman killed by her husband at a Spokane hospital last July tried to make it clear Monday they are not anti-gun. They are …


Bill would expand rules on driving, cellphone use

OLYMPIA – Drivers can’t text or make phone calls on Washington roads, but state law doesn’t say anything about checking email, browsing Facebook or taking selfies. Lawmakers didn’t include those …