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UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

Trump signs Sept. 11 victims’ compensation fund extension

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks never runs out of money, ending years of legislative …

In Vancouver, Sen. Murray touts bill backing unions

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray visited a Vancouver union hall Wednesday on her first stop to promote her new pro-union bill, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.

UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

Washington state limits exemptions for measles vaccine

Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending …

Senate sends Idaho Medicaid expansion bill to governor

The Idaho Senate on Friday approved Medicaid expansion legislation by passing a compromise bill that’s now headed to Republican Gov. Brad Little for his consideration.

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.

UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019

Bill to allow alcohol sales in old Idaho theaters signed

Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little. Among …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019

Senate rejects rival Dem, GOP plans for reopening government

A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed …

Senate president wants Montana to send $8 million for Trump’s border wall

Montana Senate President Scott Sales plans to introduce a bill that would have the state of Montana direct $8 million in funding to a wall along the U.S. southern border.

Bill by Oregon congressman would regulate weed like alcohol

A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol.

Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug prices

Challenging President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to cut prescription drug prices, congressional liberals proposed legislation Thursday to bring U.S. prices in line with the much lower …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018

Trump’s demand for wall pushes government closer to shutdown

The federal government was careening toward a partial shutdown Friday after President Donald Trump’s quest for a border wall left Congress without a clear plan to keep the government running …

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he’s not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor’s power.

Republicans face renewed pressure on Mueller protection bill

Senate Republicans are facing renewed pressure to pass legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, with a handful of GOP senators urging their leadership to hold a vote now that …

Bill to remove problem sea lions faces time crunch

A bill making its way through the U.S. Senate would allow the states and tribal interests to remove problem sea lions in the Columbia River, including by lethal force, to …

UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018

House votes to curb salmon eaters: Bill would allow problem sea lions to be euthanized; Senate still must act

A bill to expand the authority of Northwest fisheries agencies to help struggling native species in the lower Columbia and Willamette rivers by killing sea lions there passed the U.S. …

GOP leaders eye new bill on family separations at border

Top House Republicans are discussing legislation aimed at curbing the separation of migrant families at the border, GOP aides said Monday. The election-year response to public uproar over the Trump …

Sea lion removal bill makes headway

Legislation that would make it easier for fisheries managers to kill sea lions preying on salmon, steelhead and other species is picking up speed after years of languishing in Congress.

Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm

The Senate on Monday approved a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military and would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE …

UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

New Jersey governor signs bill allowing sports betting

Gamblers in New Jersey will be able to start betting on sports by Thursday under legislation the governor signed Monday legalizing a pastime that has long lived in the shadows …

UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018

Trump signs bill easing post-2008 crisis restraints on banks

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law a measure that loosens key restraints for banks imposed after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. Savoring the legislative triumph, he …

Bill to roll back post-financial crisis banking rules gets clear path to passage

The House will take up a Senate-passed bill rolling back banking regulations, breaking an impasse that imperiled passage of the legislation that is backed by the White House, Republicans and …

UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018

Idaho governor signs ‘abortion reversal’ bill into law

Idaho will become the latest state to require women seeking medical abortions to be informed that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway, despite opposition from medical groups who say there …

UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018

Senate passes Crapo’s bill easing banking rules

The Senate passed a bill penned by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho Wednesday designed to ease bank rules that were enacted to prevent a relapse of the 2008 financial …

Senate sponsor of bank deregulation bill offers changes in bid to attract House support

Leaders of a Senate effort to ease post-financial-crisis banking rules are proposing several changes aimed at winning the support of House Republicans and addressing some of the concerns of Democratic …

Bill proposes mental health exception in felony battery law

An Idaho lawmaker has proposed inserting a mental health exception in a 2014 felony battery law that protects health care workers.

Oregon might ban pet stores from selling dogs from breeders

A bill under consideration in the Legislature would prohibit Oregon pet stores from selling dogs purchased from breeders.

Oregon bill could force class size into school budget talks

A bill set to go in front of the Oregon Legislature could relieve teachers of overcrowded classrooms.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018

Bipartisan immigration bill surfaces, Trump knocks it down

A bipartisan immigration proposal has surfaced in the Senate, only to be quickly knocked down by President Donald Trump via Twitter on Monday.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

Bill would raise legal age of tobacco use in Idaho

The Senate State Affairs Committee introduced legislation Wednesday that would raise the legal age of tobacco use in Idaho from 18 to 21.

Florida Senate OKs bill banning forced child marriages

A woman who was forced to marry her rapist when she was 11 helped inspire the Florida Senate to unanimously pass a bill Wednesday that would end child marriage in …