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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Changes for independent hair stylists dropped

A controversial proposal to require independent hair stylists to become employees of the salons where they rent a booth was dropped by its sponsor Thursday.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019

Hair stylists flood hearing on proposal to change their taxes and fees

A proposal to turn independent hair stylists into employees of salons where they rent their stations generated stiff opposition Monday with critics urging senators to drop legislation they said discriminates …

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

Washington takes lead in #MeToo campaign against on-the-job harassment

Washington laws take aim at sexual harassment on the job, equal pay and expanded health care coverage for women.

Washington Senate bills target workplace sexual harassment

Senate panel considers bills to rein in sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.

UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017

Spin Control: Benton’s number comes up, he’s now head of the draft

Former state senator and state GOP chairman lands at the helm of the Selective Service System.

Spin Control: Lawmakers take stabs at humor from time to time

Bits of attempted levity can show up at unusual times in the Legislature.

House vaults fiscal hurdle

OLYMPIA – When Democrats introduced a proposal this year to expand insurance coverage for abortions, the initial debate was pretty standard: pro-life vs. pro-choice. But before the bill could pass …

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 …

New bill targets medical pot

OLYMPIA – With a Senate panel considering a new rewrite of the state’s medical marijuana laws, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she’ll push to get the federal government to change …

Legislator opposes health care suit

OLYMPIA – As Attorney General Rob McKenna prepares to convince the state Supreme Court why he can fight federal health care reform, a state legislator joined a group trying to …

Fee on workers may pay for leave

OLYMPIA – In 2007, jubilant Democratic lawmakers approved $250-a-week stipends to workers who take unpaid time off to bond with a new baby. Two years later, without paying anyone a …