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UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

More ‘heartbeat’ abortion bans advancing in South, Midwest

New abortion bans approved by four states still advancing elsewhere in the South and Midwest


Legislation aims to honor Idaho conservationist Tom Cade

Legislation has been introduced to honor a conservationist who led efforts to prevent the extinction of Idaho’s state raptor, the peregrine falcon.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Three Washington bills deal with cougars, hounds

Two bills dealing with cougars are in state senate committee hearings Thursday.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 12:47 p.m.

Here are some of Lisa Brown’s top legislative accomplishments and her votes on high-profile bills

Lisa Brown joined the Washington Legislature in 1993 and rose to the highest level of power in the state Senate. Many of her legislative accomplishments came as the leader of …


Senate easily passes sweeping opioids’ legislation, sending to Trump

The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids’ package Wednesday afternoon and will send it to the White House just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 5:28 p.m.

Walmart, Kroger promised to switch to cage-free eggs. Obscure Iowa law could stop them.

Iowa lawmakers have passed an unusual bill that would require many stores to stock eggs from caged chickens – a move designed to stop retailers from phasing them out.


Russia drafts legislation targeting foreign media

Russian lawmakers submitted legal amendments Tuesday that would allow the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents, a retaliatory move to a demand the U.S. made to a …


Wisconsin governor signs $3 billion Foxconn bill into law

Gov. Scott Walker signed a $3 billion incentive package Monday for Foxconn Technology Group to build a flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin, a deal he says will provide thousands of …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., proposed legislation Thursday designed to increase access to affordable child care, including for families that work non-traditional hours. Murray called the bill “a smart investment in …


House passes bill to speed deployment of self-driving cars

The House voted Wednesday to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to …


Trump’s path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes

President Donald Trump has yet to release a plan despite his campaign pledge to create jobs by building bigger and better transportation and other types of infrastructure projects.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Sources: Senate GOP health care bill would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes

Top Senate Republicans prepared Wednesday to release their plan for dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, a proposal that would cut and revamp Medicaid, end penalties on people not …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Judge dismisses Idaho lawsuit over telemedicine abortion ban

BOISE – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes. In 2015, Planned Parenthood of the Great …


Montana governor vetoes bills on abortion, concealed weapons

Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a proposal that would bar doctors from performing late-term abortions and another that sought to allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons in the Capitol and other …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 10:58 a.m.

Mead bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would officially define mead in state law and allow the fermented honey drink to be sold and refilled in growlers …


Iowa lawmakers pass the state’s most expansive gun rights bill

With one stroke of a pen, Gov. Terry Branstad is poised to make Iowa one of the friendliest states for gun owners.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

House GOP releases health care bill replacing Obamacare

House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government’s health care role and is expected …


House GOP readies legislative push to repeal Obamacare

House Republicans, despite stiff political headwinds, are readying an ambitious push this week to begin moving legislation to replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, a crucial test of …


Regina Malveaux: Gun laws helping to protect women

We must continue to address the horrifying and unacceptable intersection of gun violence and domestic violence


First public hearing on use of deadly force legislation

Washington state has a high bar to criminally prosecute police officers who wrongfully kill people in Washington state, a standard that legislators are debating whether to change.


Pence tells House GOP to get ready for sweeping legislation

Vice President-elect Mike Pence told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Thursday to be ready to move a lot of legislation next year.


Citizen check proposed for Washington voter registration

Legislation requiring Washington state residents to prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency to get state driver’s licenses so elections officials can ensure non-citizens are not trying to register to vote …


GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft

Buckling under conservative pressure, House Republicans pulled a legislative sleight of hand Tuesday and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required young women to …


Hawaii may be first to help farmers get certified organic

Hawaii is the first state to pass legislation providing tax breaks to farmers to offset the cost of getting certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gov. David …


Utah fetal pain law takes effect, but doctors unsure how to comply

Utah’s first-in-the-nation requirement that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before some abortions takes effect Tuesday, but doctors say it’s unnecessary and impossible to comply with.


Court overturns Virginia school’s transgender bathroom rule

A policy barring a transgender student from using the boys’ restrooms at his Virginia high school is discriminatory, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.


House Speaker Ryan won’t back bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to endorse bipartisan legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role that …


GOP Congress being labeled with do-nothing moniker

Congress increasingly is being defined by what it’s not doing this election year.


Idaho panel postpones vote on anti-Shariah law legislation

The House State Affairs Committee discussed prohibiting Shariah law Wednesday, but ultimately decided to delay voting until Thursday.


Tacoma legislator wants Wellpinit to abandon Redskins mascot

Requiring Wellpinit High School to change its team name is among the early bills filed for next session.