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Wednesday, October 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Rep. Matt Shea billed for damage from olive oil

After State Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) poured olive oil on the steps of the state Capitol March 6, 2020, the Department of Enterprise Services billed Shea $4700 for cleaning up the oil, which was probably poured out during a religious ceremony. The department oversees the campus in Olympia. Shea was leading a group of supporters in a counter demonstration to that of a Satanic church earlier that same day. There is no video of Shea pouring out the oil, but authorities say he did it and should pay for the cleanup. Read the story here.

Facing deportation, mother and son seek sanctuary at Olympia synagogue

About 40 people gathered at the synagogue for the announcement Thursday, including other faith leaders and members of the Temple Beth Hatfiloh congregation. Maria Pablo Matias, who fled her country because of domestic violence, attended the announcement but she did not speak and her head and face remained covered.

New rules would allow longer forced holds

A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington’s involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia.

House, Senate budgets advance alongside new tax proposals

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Budget discussions advanced in the state Capitol on Friday, with Senate Democrats unveiling a two-year budget the same day House Democrats passed their own proposal — and both proposing versions of a new capital gains tax. Along with new funds for behavioral and mental health care, both budgets include increases for K-12 and higher education and long-term care for the developmentally disabled.