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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Transportation projects paused by I-976 could restart soon as lawmakers near budget agreement

House and Senate leaders have plans to fill a $450 million hole in the state’s transportation budget created by the passage of Initiative 976, but warn it’s a stop-gap measure …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Washington lawmakers consider restrictions on insulin prices

Eight-year-old Levi Markland told lawmakers Tuesday he’s not supposed to worry about dying, but he does. Levi has Type 1 diabetes and his family spends up to $1,000 a month …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

Here’s how leaders in Washington’s Legislature want to spend an extra billion in tax revenue

House and Senate leaders released plans to spend an extra $1 billion on state programs over the next 16 months, taking advantage of an influx in unexpected tax revenue from …


Bills aimed at addressing homelessness move forward in Legislature

Lawmakers narrow ideas to fight homelessness, passing several bills to address the crisis by expanding existing programs, helping to build more shelters as well as increasing tenant protections and accessibility …


Spin Control: Liberty State rally had no chance of moving legislation

Proponents of the persistent mirage that is the 51st State of Liberty scheduled, and later wisely canceled, a rally on the Capitol steps Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

High-capacity magazine ban dies, replacement filed

A proposal to ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines in Washington died by not receiving a vote by a key deadline Wednesday evening, but gun-control advocates quickly reloaded with …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Effort to remove Shea likely over after no Republicans sign House letter calling for expulsion

House members are being asked to sign a letter calling for their leaders to begin the process of expelling Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Bill to allow felons to get voting rights back sooner dies in Senate

Felons in Washington will continue to be unable to vote until they finish their community custody after a Democratic attempt failed Wednesday evening to restore those rights when they leave …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Revenue forecast brings good news for Washington lawmakers

Washington lawmakers received good news with the state’s latest revenue forecast showing they have significantly more money to work with as they prepare to unveil their supplemental state budget proposals


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Bill would expand free lunches to all students in Washington schools where 62.5% already qualify

Children in schools with a high percentage of low-income students would all get free breakfast and lunch while at school, under a bill moving through the Legislature.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Washington considers new agency to study firearm violence prevention, safety

Washington could get a new state agency dedicated to reducing gun violence and improving safety, while certain parts needed to build a firearm could require a background check under bills …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Bill would allow Washington to offer undocumented students college loans

The Undocumented Student Support Loan Program would offer students low-interest loans.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Cellphone use fines could double while driving in school zone

Using a cellphone while driving in a school zone could cost you nearly double under a bill passed Tuesday by the House.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Washington House passes bill to release college transcripts regardless of fees

College graduates could get their transcript even if there’s a hold on their account due to unpaid parking or library fees, under a bill that passed the House.


Spin Control: Senate debates what’s the best things to drink in a kids meal

Senate debates what kids should drink in their Happy Meal.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 16, 2020

Sports betting bill easily passes House, heads to Senate

The odds in favor of sports betting becoming legal at tribal casinos in Washington got substantially better Thursday evening as the House passed a proposal with overwhelming support.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020

Washington Senate bill would give consumers access to personal data stored by businesses

Washington residents would have more control over their data and be able to delete it, make corrections or opt out of having their data used by companies for targeted advertising, …


Washington Senate gives go-ahead to the ‘Idaho stop’

Something that’s been legal in Idaho for nearly four decades might soon be legal in Washington. But only for bicyclists.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Washington House votes to ban hair discrimination

Washington students and workers with hairstyles like afros and dreadlocks couldn’t be required to cut or change their hair under a bill that passed the state House on a bipartisan …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Inslee signs B&O tax surcharge to pay for expanded college aid

A change in state tax law that will hit many professional firms and tech businesses while it helps to pay for Washington’s expanded college scholarship programs was signed Monday by …


House Democrats split on any action regarding Shea

House Democrats remain divided about what action, if any, to take regarding Republican Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, and allegations from independent investigators that some of his actions could be …


RIP to these Washington state legislative bills

Four weeks into the 2020 legislative session it’s impossible to say what new laws will be created on major issues like the environment, homelessness or taxes. It is possible to …


Bills would permit Native students to wear tribal regalia for graduation

Native American students would be able to wear tribal regalia and items of cultural significance at their graduation ceremonies this year, under two bills moving through the Legislature.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

House, Senate advance plans to regulate CO2 emissions from cars

The state’s environmental agency would have more power to regulate carbon dioxide pollution under proposals approved by committees in both legislative chambers Thursday, despite efforts by Republicans to trim back …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Washington House committee approves bill that would restrict immigration agents around courts

House committee, rally support bill to restrict federal immigration agents’ actions around Washington courthouses.


Senate could toughen penalties for crimes involving threats, guns

Washington laws could crack down on a person threatening mass violence and those who try to harass someone by making a false report to 911.


Spin Control: Will state really study removing Ballard Locks and raising Lake Washington? No dam way

Bill suggesting the removal of dams and locks in Western Washington tries to make a point, but may not move the salmon debate forward.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Senate votes again to strike death penalty statute

Although Washington’s death penalty has been placed on hold by the governor and ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, the Senate voted Friday to eliminate capital punishment from state …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

Senate passes fix for new business tax to fund college aid

A new business tax the Legislature passed last year to generate money for the state’s college grant program needs an overhaul even though it just went into effect on Jan. …


State could take sales tax off diapers

Families across the state could save as much as $122 a year on diaper purchases if the state removes the sales tax, under a bill being considered by a House …