Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Monday, November 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 48° Cloudy

Tags


Everything tagged


Sort by:

Stories tagged: legislature


Commission named every 10 years to redraw Washington’s congressional, legislative boundaries

A bipartisan commission draws Washington’s congressional and legislative boundaries.


Voters can make laws when legislators won’t

Voters have options to take the law into their own hands when the Legislature won’t.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Rep. Matt Shea loses more support from corporate donors

Boeing, Allstate, the timber company Weyerhaeuser and the Washington Health Care Association have joined the list of corporate donors saying they will no longer contribute to Shea’s re-election campaigns, the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Former ally links Rep. Matt Shea to document describing creation of theocratic ‘redoubt’ territory

The eight-page document, titled “Restoration,” details how Christian “patriots” should quash resistance, establish an interim government, decentralize services, restrict immigration based on ethnicity and amend the Constitution to “acknowledge that …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

51st state supporters reserve booth at Spokane County Interstate Fair, draw scrutiny

Shea’s former legislative aide, Rene’ Holaday, said in a Wednesday episode of her “Liberty State Radio” podcast that volunteers have begun collecting petition signatures and handing out flyers at fairs …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Spokane Mayor David Condon, police Chief Craig Meidl say state Rep. Matt Shea is unfit for office

Spokane’s police chief and mayor have declared state Rep. Matt Shea unfit for office after leaked emails revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

Spokane Police Guild joins calls for Rep. Matt Shea’s resignation over gathering of ‘intelligence’ on City Council members

The demands follow reporting by The Spokesman-Review that revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker collected “intelligence” on local progressive leaders, including Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, Councilwoman Lori Kinnear and …


More from the Matt Shea files: GPS trackers, a ‘provisional government’ and a hunt for moles

Already, state Rep. Matt Shea and some of his closest supporters have made physical preparations for a holy war, one that would help them establish their long-envisioned 51st state, their …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Rent control in Spokane is idea gaining ground

Rent control has gained ground in New York, but less so in Spokane, where homelessness and rental scarcity are problems that lawmakers are now seeking to alleviate with different approaches.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Manito outgrows ‘portable’ school

A growing number of school-age children prompted Manito residents to seek a permanent replacement of the “portable” school at 21st Avenue and Hatch Street.


Whistleblower who leaked Rep. Matt Shea’s chat logs accuses lawmaker of Christian domination agenda

The man who leaked private messages involving state Rep. Matt Shea wrote a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, publicly acknowledging his own role in the chat and accusing the Spokane …


Washington hunting, angling fee increase fails; WDFW faces $7 million deficit

A bill that would have increased hunting and angling fees for the first time since 2011 was not approved by the Washington Legislature.


Rep. Matt Shea links to white nationalist website, defends running background checks on political opponents

Fuming after a new round of headlines about his interactions with far-right activists, state Rep. Matt Shea directed his 4,600 Facebook followers to an obscure Australian website that traffics in …


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019

Democrats call on GOP to oust Rep. Matt Shea after report says he backed surveillance on left-wing protestors

Washington Democrats called for state Rep. Matt Shea to be expelled from the GOP caucus on Monday after a news report revealed he took part in a private group chat …


EWU restructuring programs, cutting positions to fix $3.6 million shortfall

Facing a projected $3.6 million budget shortfall, Eastern Washington University is working to cut costs by restructuring colleges and academic departments – a process that will affect jobs. EWU President …


School safety center proposal clears second vote

A bill establishing a network of regional school safety centers and a threat assessment program has cleared its second floor vote in the Washington Legislature, with lawmakers citing recent mass …


Proposed eviction-law reforms clear second floor vote

A package of tenant protections including extended eviction-notice times has cleared its second floor vote in the Legislature.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Idaho Legislature wraps up session that ends with acrimony

The Idaho Legislature has wrapped up business amid acrimony between the House and Senate. The two chambers adjourned for the year Thursday, but not before the Senate killed legislation that …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019

Bump stock owners can turn in devices for $150 check from state under new bill

Washington owners of bump stocks can turn them in to the Washington State Patrol for $150 on four days in March.


Shawn Vestal: Legislature considers sales-tax refunds for Washington’s poor

When compared to the tax-paying woes of the rich, the tax-paying woes of the poor get too little consideration in Washington state.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Shawn Vestal: The Legislature’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad public-records bill promotes secrecy, not openness

The members of the Washington Legislature are demonstrating, repeatedly and at great expense, that they simply will not abide by the spirit or the letter of the 47-year-old Public Records …


Diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts urges Legislature to fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

A diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from hunters to environmentalists, sent a message Tuesday to lawmakers in Olympia: fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Game.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

Water legislation bill clears Idaho House, heads to Senate

Legislation to end years of litigation and finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho cleared the House on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

Spokane Valley Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin debate Democratic challengers Ted Cummings and Mary May

Candidates for the two House positions representing the 4th Legislative District shared vastly different views on health care, organized labor, immigration and other issues during a pair of debates Tuesday …


Shawn Vestal: No special treatment deserved by Legislators when it comes to open records

It’s the hardest thing for any of us to hear, let alone believe: You just ain’t that special.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018

Man found guilty of murdering Moses Lake teen

A Spokane judge found a man accused of killing a teenager during a robbery attempt in 2015 guilty of first-degree murder and burglary.


State money pours into Spokane-area recreation projects

State money is pouring into Spokane-area recreation projects after lawmakers approved more than $5 million in grants and funding this year.


Bid to vote on betting machines at tracks sparks dispute

Backers of a ballot initiative seeking to legalize lucrative betting machines in Idaho said Wednesday that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has hired operatives to deter and intimidate voters from signing …


Spin Control: The 2018 Legislature, by the numbers

A look at the numbers generated by 147 legislators in 60 days of the 2018 session


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon

An Idaho lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.” The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a …