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Independent team signed for Shea investigation

House signs contract with outside investigators to determine whether Rep. Matt Shea has promoted political violence.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

Hundreds of new Washington laws take effect Sunday

New laws governing everything from partially full wine bottles to fracking are set to become law on Sunday.


3rd District legislators at library Thursday

Residents of central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District will have a chance to seek answers from their lawmakers on Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Matt Shea investigator could be hired this week

House administrators say they are close to hiring a private investigator to examine complaints about Rep. Matt Shea.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

Spokane Tribe will get a voice in transportation planning, a move that sparked controversy among Spokane officials

A new law tying state transportation funds to the inclusion of tribes on local transportation planning boards has its origins with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, but the effort to …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

High court to decide if secret legislative records are a ‘black hole’ or a needed balance

Keeping legislative records secret called a “black hole” by news media lawyer, part of the balance between transparency and efficiency by lawmakers’ lawyer.


Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich challenges Gov. Jay Inslee over new immigration law

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he won’t follow the new state law on immigration status. Supports of the law say he’s misreading it.


So many bills, so little time and space to report them

A quick review of some new laws that may have been overshadowed or lost in the crush of the final days.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Gov. Inslee signs record state budget, new taxes to pay for it

Gov. Jay Inslee signs record state operating budget, along with new taxes needed to cover some of the spending.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Inslee shifts $175M from road projects to culverts

Gov. Jay Inslee adds $175 million to transportation spending on culverts to satisfy a federal court order.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Human composting to be legal in Washington

Human composting to become legal next year.


Washington workers to pay into fund to help with long-term care

Washington to set up special trust fund to help with long-term care costs by requiring payments from workers.


Laws to help shift mental health care to communities

New laws aim to move mental health care out of large institutions and into community settings.


Strippers to get safer workplaces under new bill

Strippers and other adult entertainment workers will get certain protections, including panic buttons in certain locations around their workplaces and a “black list” that bans dangerous customers under a new …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Laws to protect orcas with cleaner, quieter water, more salmon

Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws to protect orcas.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

Tattooing eyeballs to be illegal

For Washington residents who want to turn the whites of their eyes a different color, or add an eye-catching design, time is running out. And that’s a good thing, according …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Washington takes another step toward year-round daylight saving time

Year-round daylight savings time will happen in Washington, if Congress gives the OK.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 9:02 a.m.

‘Ghost gun’ ban, other firearms laws signed

New gun laws could be “model” for rest of country, Gov. Jay Inslee says.


Legislators chose help for schools, colleges and mental help – and the taxes to pay for it

If governing is about choosing, the Legislature made hundreds of choices by what they passed, and more than a thousand by what they didn’t pass.


Spin Control: State Democrats’ talk doesn’t match actions in alarm raised about Matt Shea

State Democrats asking for donations over the controversy surrounding Rep. Matt Shea.


‘Bursting at the seams:’ Crosswalk Teen shelter plans move to new facility, secures $1 million in first round of funding

The Crosswalk Teen Shelter – Spokane’s oldest emergency youth shelter – is “bursting at the seams.”


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019, 7:57 a.m.

House Democrats call for investigation into Spokane Valley state Rep. Matt Shea

House Democrats call for investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Shea’s comments in online chat that called for violence against political opponents.


New laws cover Gold Star license plates, marijuana in schools and robotic delivery

Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws on Gold Star family license plates, medical marijuana in schools and robot deliveries.


New law allows supervision of car thieves after prison release

City officials notched a legislative victory Tuesday after some three years of lobbying, and hope it will translate into a victory in a fight against car theft.


How lawmakers beat the clock, and wound up with a budget and other needed legislation

With two hours to midnight and the statutory end of the regular session of the 2019 Legislature, the odds seemed better than even that lawmakers would miss that deadline and …


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 11:47 a.m.

Legislature reinstates affirmative action in Washington by passing Initiative 1000

With shouts from protesters echoing across the Senate floor, lawmakers approved an initiative to reinstate affirmative action in Washington late Sunday.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

Washington lawmakers allow local school districts to increase taxes in final budget deal

Legislature goes into its final day of the 2019 regular session with budgets and taxes to pass.


Spin Control: Doing the budget the way it’s always done doesn’t make it the best way

Legislature pushes toward its deadline with closed budget negotiations, hasty tax hearings and late-night votes because “that’s the way we always do it.”


Gun rally shows off weaponry and flags

Equipped with a variety of armaments and dressed in tactical military gear, protestors displayed their appetite for guns, the constitution – and in some cases, flags.


Legislature to vote on $52.4 billion budget today

Legislature moves toward passing a $52.4 billion operating budget and adjourning today.