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Proposal for new restrictions on pot shops questioned

Proposal to increase new restrictions on marijuana businesses could be expensive and hard to enforce.

State Rep. Matt Shea: Split the state so Eastern Washington isn’t ignored

Splitting Eastern Washington off makes sense because its people are ignored, Rep. Matt Shea says.

Washington Sen. Andy Hill, Redmond Republican who led budget committee, dies of lung cancer at age 54

State Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for the Washington state Senate, has died of lung cancer. He was 54.

Shawn Vestal: Imagine if the tables were turned on school and athletics funding

Imagine the Legislature was in charge of funding Washington State University athletics, and Bill Moos was in charge of paying the bills for state schools.

Spin Control: Fight over public school funding isn’t taking summer off

School’s almost out but the argument over proper funding for public education is unlikely to take a vacation based on recent court filings.

Inmates released early because of bad management, Senate Republicans say

Senate report on early release of prisoners criticizes Corrections Department management, governor’s office.

Transgender bathroom rule to get hearing in Yakima

A state rule allowing people to use a public restroom based on their gender identity rather than their anatomy will be reviewed by a legislative panel.

Public school improvements listed in report to court

Committee report tells the Supreme Court what Legislature did and didn’t do to meet obligations to public schools.

Rep. Matt Shea’s trips to Bundy protests didn’t break ethics rules, board rules

A state board dismissed an ethics complaint against State Rep. Matt Shea for traveling to two protests against federal land policies.

Spokane Rep. Kevin Parker won’t seek re-election

Republican Rep. Kevin Parker won’t seek re-election

Inslee signs budget but vetoes cuts to funds for performance audits

With some line-item vetoes, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the supplemental operating and capital budgets.

Spin Control: Washington lawmakers, Inslee get poor report card for 2016 session

Lobbyists give the 2016 session a low grade. Campaign finance trial delayed. Bees coming to Capitol campus.

Variety of bills land in legislative discard pile

Some bills got caught the public’s attention briefly but didn’t get all the way through the Legislature.

New Washington laws could prevent suicides, keep people warm during power outages

New laws cover suicide attempts, old school buildings, wood stoves in

Spin Control: How Washington didn’t make 4 DUIs a felony

How the fourth DUI in Washington remained a misdemeanor.

Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime

Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.

New Washington law bars elections officials’ names from ballot envelopes

Elections officials will no longer have their names on some voter materials in a year when they’re running for re-election.

Washington budget has millions for Spokane projects

Capital budget passed, vetoes overridden in final hours of 2016 legislative session.

UPDATED: Tue., March 29, 2016

Washington lawmakers pass budget, adjourn

Legislature has a negotiated deal on a supplemental budget. Lawmakers will try to pass it Tuesday and adjourn

Washington to get new college savings plan

New Washington college savings plan becomes law.

Washington budget deal reached but details not released

OLYMPIA – Legislators reached a tentative deal Monday on changes to the state’s main budget, but the public won’t see details until Tuesday, shortly before voting on the spending plan …

Inslee signs transportation budget, won’t comment on main budget progress

Gov. Jay Inslee signs a transportation budget, says lawmakers making “some progress” on operating budget.

Washington Legislature’s special session likely going into next week

Special session to continue into next week.

Washington Senate panel wants records on former corrections secretary

Senate committee demands records about former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner from department and governor’s office.

Bills to address Washington’s ‘tampon tax’ died without a hearing

Bills to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products in the 2016 session didn’t get a hearing.

Spin Control: Aviation tax break debate makes strange bedfellows

An aerospace company tax break debate made for interesting allies.

New budget proposal released on day 1 of special session

The morning after the Legislature is called into special session and Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes 27 bills, Senate Republicans release a new budget proposal.

Lacking budget deal, Inslee vetoes bills and Legislature heads into special session

Shortly after lawmakers adjourned their regular session and started their special session, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he had vetoed 27 of the bills they’d already passed because of their failure …

Charter school “fix” sent to Gov. Jay Inslee

A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.

Bill would keep Washington charter schools open using lottery money

Washington state House of Representatives passes changes to charter school law in effort to keep them open.