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Editorial: Shine light on lobbying

Washington and Idaho lawmakers should adopt “cooling off” legislation to ensure that former officials aren’t unfairly leveraging their connections.

State attorney general asks high court to reconsider charter school ruling

Attorney General Bob Ferguson asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider its ruling that Washington’s new charter school law is unconstitutional. “Regardless of one’s feelings about charter schools, the Court’s reasoning in striking them down raises serious concerns about other important educational programs,” Ferguson said in a news release.

Inslee open to special session if schools plan emerges

OLYMPIA – A fourth special session of the Washington Legislature could be called for mid-November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools and their financing. Gov. Jay Inslee said he’d be willing to call one starting Nov. 19, when legislators will be in Olympia anyway for “committee days” in advance of the 2016 regular session.

Special session possible on school issues

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature could hold a special session starting in mid November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools. But Gov. Jay Inslee said he'll only call one if a group of legislators can reach consensus on a possible fix and doesn't want it to take up questions over charter schools.

Embattled state auditor’s hiring of associate triggers state investigation

OLYMPIA – The attorney general’s office will investigate embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley’s hiring of a longtime business associate to see if any Washington laws were broken. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday he was acting on a request from Gov. Jay Inslee to look into “potential criminal activity” in Jason JeRue’s hiring, and all evidence related to his employment with the auditor’s office.

Washington attorney general sues student loan processor

OLYMPIA – Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing a California company for charging Washington customers “exorbitant and illegal” fees to adjust their student loan debt. Ferguson filed a lawsuit Monday charging Student Loan Processing.US and its owner, James Krause, with violating state laws designed to protect student loan borrowers. The lawsuit claims SLP illegally charged state residents $123,000 to help consolidate their federal student loans.

AG alleges student loan firm charged illegal fees

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Student Loan Processing.US and its owner for charging Washington customers “exorbitant and illegal” fees to adjust their student loan debt.

Guest opinion: Don’t reward wage theft violators

Ask yourself: Should government award government contracts to those who willfully steal money from their workers? Wage theft is a bigger problem than most realize, and it takes many forms. Working families lose billions of dollars to wage theft each year because crooked employers fail to pay legal minimum wages or overtime rates, require off-the-clock work or take improper pay deductions.

AG seeks $2,000 penalty in gay wedding flower case

OLYMPIA -- The florist who was found guilty of violating state law by refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding should pay a $2,000 penalty. But Attorney General Bob Ferguson said court costs and fees should only be $1 if Barronnelle Stutzman agrees not to discriminate again.

Spokane County judge denies prison time compensation to three men

Three men whose convictions for drug-related crimes were thrown out after they spent four years in prison are not entitled to compensation by the state, a Spokane County judge has ruled. Robert Larson, Tyler Gassman and Paul Statler sued the state in January 2014 and sought about $680,000 under a law written to compensate prisoners who were wrongfully jailed. The three men were convicted of charges including assault, robbery and drive-by-shooting stemming from drug-related activity in April 2008 and have maintained their innocence.

Editorial: Crack down on state’s labor, wage scofflaws

Attorney General Bob Ferguson last Friday filed criminal charges against a former Seattle Seahawk and an accomplice who allegedly lifted more employee wages than barbells at their two Seattle athletic clubs, and shorted state and local government a ton of taxes besides. He’s also supporting overdue legislation that will discourage abuses by companies that want to do business with the state.