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Tuesday, November 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Legislature tries remote testimony

OLYMPIA – A Pasco-based government watchdog made a pitch Friday for district elections to the Supreme Court and two Spokane Valley law enforcement officers told legislators about rising arrest numbers …


Gag order limits hearing on Insurance Commission

OLYMPIA – A legislative session billed as a chance to air charges of undue influence in the insurance commissioner’s office was something less than advertised Monday. Patricia Peterson, the agency’s …


Plan to shrink Washington Supreme Court size to be heard by Senate

OLYMPIA – A plan to shrink the state Supreme Court by two justices was praised Monday by some as a money-saver and criticized by others as payback for decisions some …


Tougher DUI penalties proposed in Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Drunken drivers could face prison on their fourth conviction if the Legislature can find a way to pay for the extra burden on state prisons and county jails. …


Washington Senate hearing considers crime bills

OLYMPIA – The state could have new ways to crack down on some of Spokane’s biggest crime problems like car theft and repeat burglars, as well as take early aim …


Alcohol laws don’t mix well at Capitol

OLYMPIA – As a Senate committee approved tougher laws against impaired drivers Tuesday, some senators wondered aloud if the Legislature isn’t at least partially responsible for putting more drunks on …


Lawmakers get responses to questions on marijuana

OLYMPIA – In legalizing marijuana last fall, voters created more questions for the Legislature, not fewer. Some, including how the federal government is going to react, can’t be answered yet, …


Self-defense laws in Washington, Idaho differ from Florida’s

OLYMPIA – In Washington and Idaho, there is no statute that gives anyone the right to “stand your ground” and use deadly force in public when faced with a perceived …


Latest marijuana bill would create patient registry, co-ops

OLYMPIA – The latest incarnation of a bill to add structure to Washington’s medical marijuana laws has supporters who don’t like parts of it and opponents who do. People who …


Group unveils child trafficking bills

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of legislators is pushing a dozen bills to combat human trafficking, particularly among teenage runaways they say are lured into prostitution. Among the targets of …


Washington Senate considers fines for dog owners who keep canines chained up

OLYMPIA – Keeping a dog chained up in unsafe conditions could get the owner fined under a proposal being considered by the Washington state Senate. Supporters told the Senate Judiciary …


Coroners say inquests offer transparency

In Montana, coroner’s inquests are conducted for every fatal police shooting in that state and whenever someone dies in law enforcement custody. The same requirement exists in Nevada, with Las …


Legislative panel mulls officer-involved gunfire

OLYMPIA – A year after searching for ways to reduce the deaths of police officers in the line of duty, the Legislature is looking for ways to reduce the deaths …