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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Federal attorneys fire opening shot in fight over immigration enforcement restrictions in state of Washington

Federal attorneys in Seattle filed what may be an opening shot in a battle over immigration policies and their enforcement.

Spin Control: Legislative hearings offer lessons in constitutional scholarship – sort of

People who don’t spend much time in legislative hearings might be surprised to know the state is apparently awash with constitutional scholars.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Libraries, parks dropped from Washington gun-free zone proposal

Proposed additions to gun-free zones advance but don’t include libraries.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Records exemptions proposed for Legislature blasted

A proposal to give lawmakers special exemptions to keep some records secret was denounced by media and open government advocates.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Human composting option passes Senate

Washington residents could become the first people in the nation who could decide to become “human compost” after they die.

Surrogate mothers could be paid more than their expenses under Senate bill

Washington would allow surrogate mothers to be paid more than just their expenses under changes to state law defining parental rights approved by the Senate.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018

Ban on executions passes Washington Senate panel

Senate committee approves elimination of death penalty for most murders.

Foes take another run at ending Washington’s death penalty

Democratic control of the Senate means 2018 could be the year that Washington abolishes the death penalty, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Bump stock ban passes committee

Senate committee passes ban on bump stock devices on a party-line vote.

UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017

Washington Senate honors the late Spokane County Judge Sam Cozza

Senate resolution honors late Judge Sam Cozza.

Prison system reforms sparked by early releases pass Washington Senate

Senate passes major reforms for the state prison system prompted by the mistakes that led to early releases for some inmates and at least two deaths.

Spin Control: Aviation tax break debate makes strange bedfellows

An aerospace company tax break debate made for interesting allies.

Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix

The Senate approved a bill to set up a task force that would come up with a plan next year to meet court mandated obligations to public schools.

Amended child support bill passes Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, legislation that allows …

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 …

Supreme Court opens doors for same-sex couples in Washington

OLYMPIA – Same-sex couples in Washington, one of the first states where voters legalized their marriages, stand to gain hundreds of legal benefits as federal courts and agencies weigh the …

Washington House gun registration bill not voted

OLYMPIA – Democrats abandoned a bill to require wider background checks for gun purchases late Tuesday, after disagreements over the proposals caused the House of Representatives to grind to a …

Washington Supreme Court rejects tax initiative

OLYMPIA – Legislators have waited months for the Washington Supreme Court to answer a political question that has roiled the state for two decades: Can voters force them to round …

Gun check bill clears key House committee

OLYMPIA – A bill requiring almost all gun buyers in Washington to undergo a background check passed a key House panel Tuesday and will likely be part of a package …