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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

5 commissioner bill constitutional, judge rules

A law that requires Spokane County to split into five county commissioner districts doesn’t violate the state constitution, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.


3rd District legislators at library Thursday

Residents of central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District will have a chance to seek answers from their lawmakers on Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

Spokane Tribe will get a voice in transportation planning, a move that sparked controversy among Spokane officials

A new law tying state transportation funds to the inclusion of tribes on local transportation planning boards has its origins with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, but the effort to …


Marcus Riccelli and John Tomkowiak: Legislature’s support of medical education sets a visionary course for better health care access in Washington

A loved one’s chances of surviving cancer or any other serious illness should not be determined by the ZIP code they live in. That is why we set out to …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Washington takes another step toward year-round daylight saving time

Year-round daylight savings time will happen in Washington, if Congress gives the OK.


‘Bursting at the seams:’ Crosswalk Teen shelter plans move to new facility, secures $1 million in first round of funding

The Crosswalk Teen Shelter – Spokane’s oldest emergency youth shelter – is “bursting at the seams.”


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

Legislature requires hospitals to give rest and meal breaks to nurses

Nurses and other hospital staff would get regular rest and meal breaks and other guarantees in their schedules under a bill that received final approval in both Legislature chambers Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

Washington nurses, hospitals at odds over bill limiting overtime, requiring rest breaks

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, would require hospitals to provide nurses uninterrupted rest breaks as required by state law and prevent scheduling of mandatory overtime. Hospitals say the …


Washington Legislature moves to address ‘surprise billing’ that affects 1 in 5 ER patients

Patients are showing up at emergency clinics with the expectation that their care will be covered by their health plan. But some of the ER doctors aren’t covered by the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Washington state House votes for permanent daylight saving time

Not happy about losing an hour’s sleep to daylight saving time? Legislature is trying to do away with the semi-annual clock change.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Lawmakers vote to make license plates easier for Gold Star families

Legislature could change the rules for Gold Star license plates.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Lawsuit challenges state law expanding Spokane County Commission from three to five members

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Plaintiffs include the county as well as Commissioner Al French, former Commissioner John Roskelley and the Washington State Association of …


Bill would end twice yearly clock switch

Washington could ditch Pacific Standard Time for year-round Daylight Saving Time, if a Spokane legislator has his way.


Shawn Vestal: Riccelli fighting for a nutritious plan

Rep. Marcus Ricelli introduced a bill to create a “state fruit and vegetable incentives program” to help people living in or near poverty get their hands on healthier food.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Chopp to step down as speaker after 2019

House Speaker Frank Chopp will give up post after the 2019 session.


Spokane County Commissioners to take action on lawsuit aiming to block expansion of board

Spokane County commissioners will vote on whether to approve a lawsuit to block expansion of the board from three to five members – which would be filed on behalf of …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Ormsby, Riccelli keep seats representing Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District

Democratic state Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli have won new terms representing Washington’s 3rd Legislative District, which covers the city of Spokane.


Editorial endorsements: Return Riccelli and Ormsby to Olympia from the 3rd District

Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District encompasses some of the poorest neighborhoods in Washington. Its residents need representatives in the state House who have the skill, experience and influence to navigate …


Long odds in 3rd District challenge to incumbent Marcus Riccelli

The battle for a state House seat representing central Spokane was sparked by an earlier run-in and social media conduct. Incumbent Democrat Marcus Riccelli blocked his Republican challenger, Tom Taylor, …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

County pushes back against state move to expand commission

As Washington moves forward on a new law to expand Spokane County’s board of commissioners from three members to five, the county is pushing back, with a lawsuit planned to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Inslee signs 5 commissioner bill for Spokane County

Spokane County to go to a five-member board of commissioners in 2022 election.


Visiting Olympia, Marshallese celebrate health care benefits

State makes Marshallese, other Pacific Islanders, eligible for Medicaid.


Better health care coverage for Marshallese pass Legislature

More Pacific Islanders, including those from the Marshall Islands, would have access to healthcare under a bill that received final approval in the Senate.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Washington Voting Rights Act passes Legislature

House gives final approval to the state’s Voting Rights Act.


Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district

The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Lawmakers to WSU: Take action against College Republicans

A group of Democratic lawmakers want Washington State University to take stronger actions against College Republicans to ensure minority students feel safe on campus.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

New cottages to house homeless families in Spokane

Construction began Tuesday on a cluster of cottages that will house chronically homeless people and families in northwest Spokane. Over the next year, Transitions, a nonprofit focused on lifting women …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 10:14 a.m.

EWU science building likely to get at least $60 million for construction

House and Senate capital construction budgets both set aside money for a new science center at Eastern Washington University.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 7:36 a.m.

Spokane area could get $125 million or more for transportation projects

Roads, bridges and transit projects around Spokane County would get about $125 million from state taxpayers over the next two years under similar transportation budgets making their way through the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:36 a.m.

Spin Control: Quick turnaround on levy cliff bill doesn’t mean on-time end to session

Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.