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Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson has announced she won’t seek re-election this year.
The Legislature should make it harder to buy a military style, semi-automatic rifle, and require the buyer to be at least 21, Gov. Jay Inslee said.
No movement on the state 2017-19 budget as Legislature opens its special session.
Things heard in Olympia as the start of the session approaches.
Ritzville Republican Mark Schoesler gets second term as Senate majority leader.
Republican Mark Schoesler and Democrat Sharon Nelson re-elected to top Senate leadership posts.
OLYMPIA – Budget negotiations between Washington House Democrats and Senate Republicans stalled Wednesday evening, with each side accusing the other of forcing the legislative session past its scheduled April 26 adjournment date. The budget battle revolves around a $1.3 billion tax package that the House has yet to vote on. Senate Republicans, who have already passed a $37 billion operating budget with no new taxes, refused to consider the House Democrats’ competing budget until the House takes action.
OLYMPIA – The 2014 session of the Washington Legislature may be one of short duration, small tweaks and low expectations. Legislators will continue last year’s struggles over roads and abortion. They may try to reconcile two very different sets of laws over recreational and medicinal marijuana. They will listen to ideas to trim tax loopholes, boost jobs, improve schools and bolster pensions.
OLYMPIA – Washington state would spend $10 million over the next two years to protect schools as part of a construction proposal that moved quickly through the state Senate on Monday. With references to the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the Senate unanimously approved spending $475 million on school construction over the next two years, with $10 million of it going to make schools safer.