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How the fourth DUI in Washington remained a misdemeanor.
Among the beneficiaries of Washington’s current divided Legislature and the animus that bloomed during its rush to close up shop last week are people with the dangerous habit of drinking too much then getting behind the wheel of a car.
Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.
Elections officials will no longer have their names on some voter materials in a year when they’re running for re-election.
Capital budget passed, vetoes overridden in final hours of 2016 legislative session.
The Legislature adjourned sine die after 80 days, much of it spent trying to settle on a supplemental budget. Lawmakers passed that budget Tuesday and left for home a few hours later.
Moving quickly at the end of a long day of debates and meetings, the House overrode all 27 vetoes issued by Gov. Jay Inslee as a way to speed up budget negotiations.
The Legislature is expected to adjourn for the year sometime Tuesday night (or maybe early Wednesday morning). But there's a lot of down time on the last day.
Legislature has a negotiated deal on a supplemental budget. Lawmakers will try to pass it Tuesday and adjourn
OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a compromise budget that makes incremental changes to programs that could ease problems in mental health, a teacher shortage and homelessness.
New Washington college savings plan becomes law.
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 could begin. Budget negotiators said in a joint statement late Monday afternoon the supplemental operating budget for most state programs with spending through June 2017 would make “significant improvements” in mental health treatment, and increase spending on teachers and programs for the homeless.
With a budget deal apparently in hand, the Senate is beginning to override Gov. Jay Inslee's vetoes of bills he nixed because the Legislature didn't pass a budget in the regular session.
Gov. Jay Inslee signs a transportation budget, says lawmakers making “some progress” on operating budget.
Gov. Jay Inslee signs supplemental transportation bill, still waiting on operating budget.
A Senate committee demanded records that include e-mails, appointments and travel schedules for the former head of the Corrections Department.
Special session to continue into next week.
Deal on the state's supplemental budget unlikely this week.
Senate committee demands records about former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner from department and governor’s office.
A Department of Corrections official insisted an investigation into the computer mistakes that led to the early release of more than 3,000 inmates made him a scapegoat. But David Dunnington said he agreed with the conclusion that systemic failures led to continued delays of what should have been a top priority for the department.