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Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea is being billed $4,700 for the cleanup of olive oil he poured on the steps of the domed Legislative Building in early March, part of a Christian group’s response to an earlier demonstration by Satanists who had marched around the building.
Washington agencies will look for some $1.9 billion in budget cuts to accompany a freeze on hiring and equipment purchases ordered Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Washington will spend $50,000 to study possible biases in the Washington State Patrol after an investigation found troopers search people of color, particularly Native Americans, at much higher rates than white drivers.
Four Republican legislators made a pitch Tuesday for a special session in the near future to help bring the state back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that lawmakers should call themselves back to the Capitol if Gov. Jay Inslee won’t.
With Washington facing a sharp drop in revenue from closed businesses and homebound consumers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jay Inslee cut some $235 million in state spending for the next 15 months.
Health insurance plans will have to limit a person’s out-of-pocket costs for a month’s supply of insulin to $100, under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday.
Victims of domestic violence or abuse can receive real-time alerts of when their abuser is near, under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, three years after it was first introduced.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed the state transportation budget lawmakers rewrote to fill a hole in revenue created by the passage of Initiative 976.
A controversial bill requiring comprehensive sexual health education be taught at various points in a student’s years in public schools was signed into law Friday, but opponents will try to get voters to reject it in November.
Single-use plastic bags at stores will be banned statewide starting next year and customers without reusable carriers will be charged 8 cents for paper bags under a bill signed Wednesday.
Washington will reduce greenhouse gases faster than previously planned and extend the ban on asbestos materials to non-residential buildings under laws signed Thursday.
Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, who presided over the Senate for the last three years as part of his duties as the state’s No. 2 elected official, will not seek re-election, his office announced this morning.
Gov. Jay Inslee signs dozens of pieces of legislation on a wide range of topics.
Spokane County is set to receive $29,937,000 from the capital budget for construction projects, including park restoration and shelter expansion services.
Along with addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, the Legislature tackled climate change, gun control, data privacy and sex education – with mixed results.
Washington’s undocumented residents would have more protections under bills that passed the Legislature this year.
Lawmakers want to reduce the number of homeless people in Washington by spending some $160 million over a wide range of programs to expand shelters, support for homeless youth and boost affordable housing programs.
A $10.3 billion budget designed to resume work on transportation projects on “pause” because of last year’s initiative to reduce fees and taxes for vehicle license tabs passed the Legislature Wednesday with overwhelming majorities by both chambers.
High school seniors who can’t complete core classes because their school is shut down due to the novel coronavirus would still be able to graduate this year under legislation expected to be approved Thursday.
Facing uncertainty over a possible economic downturn from the novel coronavirus outbreak and the need to fight the outbreak that has claimed more than two dozen lives, lawmakers said they significantly rewrote the budget plan they expect to pass quickly by Thursday evening.