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3rd District legislators at library Thursday

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, 1:57 p.m.

Editorial: Spokane’s delegation did well in Olympia

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. …


‘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, 8:42 p.m.

Democrats have tentative deal on $52.4 billion budget

Budget negotiators in Olympia reach tentative agreement on a $52.4 billion two-year budget.


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

Spokane school officials lobby for more special education money, but not higher local levies

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 …


State legislators’ HEAL Act targets environment, inequality

In the 2019 legislative session, HEAL translates to a “healthy environment for all.”


Washington Legislature into the final push to decide money for schools as pressure mounts

Legislature facing pressure over school funding as it moves toward a deal on the 2019-21 general operating budget.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

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.


Car thieves could face community supervision after prison

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, 8:24 p.m.

Bill would set lower pressure standards for trains carrying oil

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 …


Free college in Washington not likely, but many plans would help with the cost

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, 12:19 p.m.

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.


Legislature looking for ways to fix the ‘McCleary fix’

School districts and lawmakers across the state struggle with some of the things the McCleary fix didn’t fix.


Sen. Andy Billig: We need to make it easier to access democracy

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.


Spokane-area senators lead both parties as new session starts

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, 1:48 p.m.

Almost half of young voters who signed up in 2018 didn’t cast ballots

About half the young voters in Spokane County who registered in 2018 didn’t vote in the general election.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Senate investigation of Fain rape allegation canceled

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, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane’s Andy Billig to be Senate majority leader in 2019

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.


Washington Legislature getting bluer in 2019

Democrats make gains in the Washington Legislature.


Washington expands voting and campaign laws

Washington will allow residents to register later, easier and pre-register younger under a series of bills signed Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

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, 9:43 p.m.

Senate passes 5 county commissioners bill with ‘tweak’

Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.


Critics question lawmakers’ proposal to block access to some records

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.


University athletic budgets could get more scrutiny under Washington House bill

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, 9:56 p.m.

Senate approves extra $500,000 for fairs

Senate unanimously approves spending more state money on county and local fairs.


Spokane influence played out in recommendation against Vancouver Energy Terminal

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, 10:46 p.m.

Greater campaign information required by bills

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, 5:25 p.m.

WSU grad students sound off on GOP tax plan

Washington State University graduate students gathered Wednesday to mount some last-minute opposition to the Republican tax plan that’s barreling through Congress.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 7:42 a.m.

Billig named to No. 2 leadership post in Senate

Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, named Senate deputy majority leader.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 9:31 a.m.

Democrats take control of Washington State Senate

Control of Senate switches to Democrats with Manka Dhingra’s win in a suburban King County district.