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Bill exempts adult riders from mandatory helmet wearing

OLYMPIA – If adults don’t want to wear helmets while riding motorcycles, they shouldn’t have to, said supporters of a bill to lift Washington’s helmet requirement for riders 18 and …


State Senate GOP seeks to change clean energy rules

OLYMPIA – Republican legislators want to change the state law that says rivers and streams are not a renewable energy source. A Senate bill would allow electric utilities to spend …


Legislative committee takes on testy wolves and wildfire bills

OLYMPIA – Two of the most contentious issues in rural Eastern Washington, wildfires and wolves, are generating demands for change and a stream of legislative proposals. After a hearing on …


Bills float wage floor for teens

OLYMPIA – Bosses could pay teen workers less in the summer or whenever they start a new job, under a pair of bills aired in a contentious Senate committee hearing …


House to address disparities in pot laws

OLYMPIA – A House panel rolled 18 different proposals to change Washington’s marijuana laws into a single wide-ranging bill Monday, hoping to address at least some problems with the state’s …


Inslee, lawmakers all hail Hawkington

OLYMPIA – Which of the following did not happen at the Capitol on Friday? A. Seahawks jerseys replaced business attire in the Legislature.


Bills suggest raising child porn fines for offenders

OLYMPIA – In an effort to fight rapidly growing cases of child pornography in Washington, legislators are considering raising the fines when offenders are found with those images. Washington has …


House collectively passes ‘Joel’s Law’

OLYMPIA – Rep. Tom Dent urged his colleagues to pass “Joel’s Law” by recalling his son’s tense standoff late last year with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies. A patient of severe …


Lawmakers look at banning hazardous, yet popular microbeads

OLYMPIA – Many facial soaps contain tiny, gritty pieces of plastic called microbeads, for scrubbing away dead skin and stubborn blemishes. Some Washington lawmakers want to ban them. The exfoliating …


Central Washington residents say Natural Resources failed them in battling Carlton Complex fires

OLYMPIA – Government agencies failed to react fast enough to smaller fires that grew last July into the largest wildfire in state history, Central Washington residents told legislators Thursday. While …


Outdoor enthusiasts fight proposed bill that could cut access to Washington waters

OLYMPIA – Following backlash from state agencies and outdoor enthusiasts, a Benton County lawmaker is shrinking the scope of a bill that could cut access to Washington’s lakes, rivers and …


Washington legislators struggle with ‘boarding’ mentally ill when space is already slim

OLYMPIA – As they try to address multiple court orders on Washington’s mental health system, legislators struggle with a conundrum: How can the state care for more people with mental …


UW to legislators: WSU can have med school – without $5.9M set aside for UW

OLYMPIA – If Washington State University wants to start its own medical school, it should do so without using $5.9 million set aside to expand University of Washington’s Spokane medical …


Changes to write-in candidate laws considered in Legislature

OLYMPIA – Rob Chase wouldn’t have been elected Spokane County treasurer under changes the Legislature is considering to the state’s write-in candidate laws. Filing as a write-in candidate after the …


Ballot postage in Washington elections covered in bill

OLYMPIA – Covering return postage for the state’s all-mail balloting would cost about $1 million for a presidential election and about $2.7 million for the next two years, a Senate …


Statewide minimum wage of $12 debated

OLYMPIA – Raising Washington’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2019 was described Monday as too much for some businesses and not enough for some workers. Representatives of grocery …


Medical pot growers have unfair advantages, say counterparts

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana growers and sellers have a series of unfair business advantages, their recreational pot counterparts told legislators Thursday. Medical marijuana is unregulated in Washington state. It’s unlicensed. …


‘Sheena’s Law’ a lifesaver, dad says

OLYMPIA – Six months after Sheena Henderson was shot and killed by her estranged husband at Deaconess Hospital, her father is urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that he …


WSU medical school in Spokane gets legislative support

OLYMPIA – Identical bills that could pave the way for Washington State University to start its own medical school in Spokane were filed Wednesday in the Senate and House. Rep. …


Washington smoking age could jump from 18 to 21

OLYMPIA – Young adults would be barred from cigarettes under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Under Ferguson’s plan, Washington would become the first state in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 21, 2015

WSU med school bills introduced

OLYMPIA — Spokane legislators introduce bills in House and Senate that would allow WSU to start its own medical school.


State could raise smoking age to 21

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to raise the state’s legal age for cigarettes to 21.


Washington House panel considers ‘ag-gag’ bill

OLYMPIA – An “ag-gag” bill, similar to one passed last year in Idaho to protect farm operations from unapproved video and audio recordings, would hurt whistleblowers and interfere with free …


Age bill takes aim at hunting safety

OLYMPIA – Thirteen-year-olds would be too young to hunt alone on public lands under a bill aimed at improving hunter safety. The proposal would require hunters to be at least …


Washington Senate bill would license medical pot sales

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana would come under some of the same licensing requirements as the recreational form of the drug but its buyers would pay fewer taxes under a plan …


Ban on ivory sales gets Washington House hearing

OLYMPIA – Washington stores couldn’t sell or buy items made of ivory or rhinoceros horn under a bill that aims to curb poaching in Africa and Asia. The bill, which …


House bill would expunge many pot convictions

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers on Friday considered whether adults will be able to have misdemeanor convictions for marijuana possession thrown out if they were over 21 at the time of the …


Mount Spokane seeks to add attractions

Gov. Jay Inslee wants to spend nearly $3 million to improve facilities on Mount Spokane; the organization managing the park is asking for more. Inslee’s 2015 capital budget includes a …


Gun activists gather, as control activists plan to grade legislators on which way they vote

OLYMPIA – Voter-approved background checks on private gun purchases are unconstitutional and therefore not law, Rep. Matt Shea told gun-rights activists Thursday on the steps of the Capitol. “An unconstitutional …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 15, 2015

Shea tells gun rights activists I-594 not law

OLYMPIA — Rep. Matt Shea told gun-rights activists today voter-approved background checks on private sales violate state and federal constitutions and aren’t law. “An unconstitutional law is no law at …