Stories tagged: andy billig
Mon., Jan. 13, 2020
Some years, the Legislature faces huge issues, spends months in partisan wrangling and needs extra weeks or even months to complete some tasks. 2020 might not be one of them.
Sun., Nov. 10, 2019
State agencies and lawmakers are looking for solutions to the loss of billions of dollars that would have come from Initiative 976.
Wed., July 24, 2019
Residents of central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District will have a chance to seek answers from their lawmakers on Thursday afternoon.
UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019
We recently spoke with Washington Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, and agree with his bottom-line assessment of the 2019 legislative session. “It was an unusually good year for Spokane,” he said. …
Sat., May 4, 2019
‘Bursting at the seams:’ Crosswalk Teen shelter plans move to new facility, secures $1 million in first round of funding
The Crosswalk Teen Shelter – Spokane’s oldest emergency youth shelter – is “bursting at the seams.”
UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019
Budget negotiators in Olympia reach tentative agreement on a $52.4 billion two-year budget.
UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019
With the clock ticking toward Sunday’s scheduled end of the legislative session and a possible deal on the state operating budget, Spokane Public Schools officials were making pleas Monday to …
Mon., April 22, 2019
In the 2019 legislative session, HEAL translates to a “healthy environment for all.”
Sun., April 14, 2019
Legislature facing pressure over school funding as it moves toward a deal on the 2019-21 general operating budget.
UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019
City says Billig’s warning won’t stop Sprague project but could block future work on Riverside and other road construction
The city of Spokane is pushing back against state Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig’s promise to hold up state transportation funds related to an East Sprague Avenue renovation project.
Tue., March 5, 2019
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.
UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019
Trains carrying crude oil through Spokane and the rest of the state to Washington refineries would have to keep it under lower pressure under a bill supporters say will reduce …
Sat., Feb. 23, 2019
Free college for everyone may not be coming to Washington, but many students could see the cost of their post-secondary education reduced – although by just how much is still …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Washington courts likely to decide which legislative records will be open to the public after lawmakers say proposal is dead
An effort to open some legislative records to the public while keeping others secret is likely dead, lawmakers acknowledged Tuesday morning.
Sun., Feb. 10, 2019
School districts and lawmakers across the state struggle with some of the things the McCleary fix didn’t fix.
Fri., Feb. 8, 2019
We should never stop searching for ways to increase access and strengthen trust between the public and those who represent them. The people of Washington deserve nothing less.
Sun., Jan. 13, 2019
Spokane and the rest of Eastern Washington finds itself in an enviably strong position as legislators return to the capital Monday for the 2019 session.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019
About half the young voters in Spokane County who registered in 2018 didn’t vote in the general election.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018
The planned investigation of a legislator accused of a 2007 rape during his re-election campaign was dropped Tuesday amid partisan recriminations.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018
Spokane Democrat Andy Billig was named majority leader of the state Senate Monday as members of the caucus gathered to select new leaders for the 2019 session.
Thu., Nov. 8, 2018
Democrats make gains in the Washington Legislature.
Mon., March 19, 2018
Washington will allow residents to register later, easier and pre-register younger under a series of bills signed Monday.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
Critics accused the Legislature on Thursday of trying to sneak through a major change in state law that would allow them to hide some of their records from the public.
Thu., Feb. 22, 2018
State universities would have to be more public about their athletic spending under a bill sponsored by Sen. Andy Billig.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018
Senate unanimously approves spending more state money on county and local fairs.
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018
Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to reject a permit for a massive oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River was influenced by local residents’ worries about the potential for an oil train …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018
State residents would know more about parties who spend money for campaign ads under two bills heard by a Senate panel Friday.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017
Washington State University graduate students gathered Wednesday to mount some last-minute opposition to the Republican tax plan that’s barreling through Congress.