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Candidates for the 4th Legislative District senate seat John Roskelley and Mike Padden plan to focus on prison reform and hope to address the state's budget shortfall, but disagree on where to cut funds and what reforms to focus on.
The Senate should investigate the decisions that led the Department of Corrections to place a convicted child molester in the cell with the relative of one of his victims, Sen. Mike Padden said Tuesday.
The first night of results show voters in the 4th Legislative District still support Republicans who have aligned themselves with controversial state Rep. Matt Shea over moderate challengers.
The two candidates running against longtime state Senator Mike Padden say the Republican is too beholden to the party and has made questionable votes on growth management and environmental issues. Padden says his right-of-center views reflect his constituency.
Spokane County’s 4th Legislative District is a reliably Republican stronghold that typically does not draw a crowd of aspiring candidates. But as with so many other things, 2020 has proved atypical.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to release hundreds of inmates is ill-advised, illogical, and puts Washingtonians needlessly at risk.
As the old saying goes, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That adage certainly applies to our state’s voter-approved redistricting process and a bill moving through the Legislature that seeks to change it.
The Senate called for another $1 billion in spending in the state’s primary budget Thursday, approving increases for homelessness, environment and health care costs.
Senate debates what kids should drink in their Happy Meal.
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 law.
With a series of shootings in Seattle filling local news reports, Democrats moved proposed restrictions on the size of magazines and training requirements for concealed pistol licenses moved out of a key Senate committee over Republican objections Thursday.
The Senate approved a bill requiring all public schools offer medically accurate, comprehensive sex education geared to children at all grade levels.
State agencies and lawmakers are looking for solutions to the loss of billions of dollars that would have come from Initiative 976.
Rent control has gained ground in New York, but less so in Spokane, where homelessness and rental scarcity are problems that lawmakers are now seeking to alleviate with different approaches.
Once again, the Washington legislature adjourned without agreeing to pay its fair share of election costs. “Could have been worse, but still not a good session for local government. They have no love for us,” said Lincoln County Commissioner Scott Hutsell.
The names and addresses of Washington residents who turned in their bump stocks as part of the state’s buy-back program should be exempted from release under the public records law, some lawmakers say.
Drunken drivers could soon avoid a DUI arrest by pulling off the road and taking a nap.
Convicted car thieves could be placed in community supervision after being released from prison as part of an effort to keep them from going back stealing again.
Senate Republicans’ maneuver gave Gov. Jay Inslee a win just as he was announcing his run for president.
School districts would be required to adopt comprehensive, medically accurate policies for sexual health education for all grades by the 2021 school year, according to the bill, which was sent to the House on a party-line vote.