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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Spokane County Commission appeals to state Supreme Court seeking to overturn decision allowing switch to 5 commissioners

Spokane County Commissioners have appealed directly to the State’s Supreme Court in the hopes of winning a battle over the number of commissioners before redistricting in 2021.

UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019

Senate Democrats vote to make ACA consumer protections state law

The Washington state Senate passes a bill to put the consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act into state law.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Washington bill would limit state assistance to federal immigration enforcement

State and local agencies would be limited in what help they could give to federal immigration officials under a bill supporters say is designed to expand new business opportunities for …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Washington considers requirement for diaper changing stations in new restaurants in women’s and men’s restrooms

Legislature considers requiring new restaurants to make it easier, cleaner for patrons to change diapers.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Washington House considers lifting time limits on some rape crimes

House panel considers sexual assault legislation.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019

Bill says defy NCAA, let college athletes accept pay

Legislator proposes letting college athletes in Washington to receive payments for “services provided” despite NCAA rules.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Both sides of I-940 campaign to back changes next year

Backers and foes of a successful ballot measure with new standards on the use of lethal force by police said Monday they will work together to get improvements they both …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018

Legislators ‘not that special’ when it comes to public records law, media lawyers say

Washington law has hundreds of exemptions to the Public Records Act that would likely allow legislators to protect sensitive information, attorneys who specialize in media law told a task force.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018

Task force looks at public records versus private information

Task force grapples with protecting private information from constituents as it reviews public records law.

Spin Control: Rep. Shea should keep his seat on the Public Records task force

Calling reporters “dirty, godless, hateful” shouldn’t disqualify Matt Shea from serving on a legislative task force on the Public Records Act.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018

State Rep. Matt Shea calls journalists ‘dirty, godless, hateful.’ GOP leader says he remains qualified for task force.

Rep. Matt Shea will push for more openness in legislative records despite his criticism of the news media, House GOP leader says.

UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018

Will voters have 1, 2 or no “deadly force” measure on November ballot?

Washington Supreme Court to decide whether an initiative on the police use of deadly force must go on the November ballot by itself, with an alternative version, or not at …

Net neutrality ends nationwide, remains in Washington

Federal net neutrality rules ended Monday, but any changes in Washington could be quickly challenged by a new state law.

Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.

UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018

Legislature met its duty on public schools, Supreme Court says

Washington Supreme Court says Legislature has complied with orders to meet a constitutional duty to provide for better schools.

Ormsby pleads guilty to reckless driving in rollover crash

State Rep. Timm Ormsby pleads guilty to reckless driving after rolling his Jeep and being charged with DUI.

Legislature needs special session to make schools safer, senator says

Senate leader calls for special legislative session to improve school safety.

UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018

I-940 should go on the ballot, but not the changes, judge rules

Initiative 940 should go on the November ballot, but not the changes the Legislature approved, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled Friday

Washington trots out new weapon for cities in the fight against ‘zombie’ properties

New law will help the city of Spokane clean up abandoned properties that are becoming a nuisance.

UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018

To spot a true service dog, check its behavior – not its vest

A new law on service animals will hinge on behavior and training, because few owners put the time and money to turn their pet into a specially trained service dog.

UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018

Lawmakers to court: We did what you ordered on school reforms

Committee says the Legislature has complied with state Supreme Court order to meet its duty and give adequate financial support to public schools.

New Washington law aims to help find missing Native American women

New law helps to coordinate investigations among law enforcement agencies to help find more missing Native American women.

UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018

Spin Control: Washington’s Capitol dome will get a good scrubbing, but no visitors

The Legislature set aside money for a cleaning of the Capitol dome, but Gov. Jay Inslee nixed a plan to allow visitors up to the top.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Conversion therapy for LGBT youth banned in Washington state

Washington bans conversion therapy as harmful to LGBT youth.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Inslee signs 5 commissioner bill for Spokane County

Spokane County to go to a five-member board of commissioners in 2022 election.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Budgets, new laws may satisfy court order on public schools

Budget bills, other changes to state education policies and programs may satisfy Supreme Court order on providing adequate money for public schools.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Washington bans firefighting chemicals that may cause cancer

Fire-fighting foam with a chemical thought to cause cancer and other health problems will be banned for local fire departments and districts in Washington.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Police don’t have to release ‘intimate images’ from body cams under bill signed by Inslee

New law on police body cameras better defines “intimate images” that can be withheld under a public records request.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Indigent offenders to get break on some legal costs

Indigent people can be spared court fees that result from a criminal conviction and can’t be sanctioned for their inability to pay restitution and fines, under a bill signed Tuesday.

Spin Control: Hundreds of bills getting signed into law in Washington state. Here are some of them.

Catching up on some of those “good little bills.”