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UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

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.


Sue Lani Madsen: Road not taken – what didn’t pass in 2019

Once again, the Washington legislature adjourned without agreeing to pay its fair share of election costs. “Could have been worse, but still not a good session for local government. They …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Washington lawmakers aim to block release of buy-back records

The names and addresses of Washington residents who turned in their bump stocks as part of the state’s buy-back program should be exempted from release under the public records law, …


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Legislature looking to make changes in DUI law

Drunken drivers could soon avoid a DUI arrest by pulling off the road and taking a nap.


Car thieves could face community supervision after prison

Convicted car thieves could be placed in community supervision after being released from prison as part of an effort to keep them from going back stealing again.


GOP stalls energy bill vote, gives Inslee a win

Senate Republicans’ maneuver gave Gov. Jay Inslee a win just as he was announcing his run for president.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Public schools in Washington would be required to teach sex education in all grades under bill approved by state Senate

School districts would be required to adopt comprehensive, medically accurate policies for sexual health education for all grades by the 2021 school year, according to the bill, which was sent …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

‘Faithless electors’ would lose their position under Senate bill

Members of the Electoral College in Washington would lose their position if they voted for someone who didn’t win the presidential election that year, a bill that passed the Senate …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Libraries, parks dropped from Washington gun-free zone proposal

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


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:50 a.m.

Bill that would provide clemency for pot convictions advances

A plan that could wipe out as many as 200,000 misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions for Washington adults was sent to a Senate budget committee Thursday after efforts to restrict its …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:27 a.m.

Libraries, parks and child-care facilities would become gun-free zones under Washington Senate bill

Public libraries, parks and child care facilities could be added to the list of gun-free zones in Washington in what supporters say is an effort to keep children safe in …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Washington bill would limit state assistance to federal immigration enforcement

State and local agencies would be limited in what help they could give to federal immigration officials under a bill supporters say is designed to expand new business opportunities for …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

Panel approves state program to ‘welcome’ new babies

State program to “welcome” all new babies to Washington passes Senate committee, but with resistance.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Dwarf-tossing ban would exempt licensed wrestling matches

Dwarf tossing would be illegal in Washington but licensed entertainment companies could still offer wrestling events that feature little people in the latest version of a bill moving through the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Lower the majority needed for bond issues, school officials tell senators

School officials urge Senate to change the state constitution and allow smaller majorities to approve their bond issues


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Dwarf tossing denounced, defended to Senate panel

Dwarf tossing and similar staged activities were denounced as discriminatory, dehumanizing and dangerous, even to little people who aren’t participating in those events, supporters of a proposed ban told a …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

Bill to ban dwarf tossing set for Senate committee hearing

Sen. Mike Padden introduces a bill to ban dwarf tossing at Washington bars and strip clubs.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Senate passes 5 county commissioners bill with ‘tweak’

Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.


State Senate bill would end time limit on prosecuting child rape

Victims of child molestation and child rape would not run out of time before their assailants can be prosecuted, under a bill passed by a Senate committee Thursday.


Critics question lawmakers’ proposal to block access to some records

Critics accused the Legislature on Thursday of trying to sneak through a major change in state law that would allow them to hide some of their records from the public.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Senate votes to end death penalty in Washington

Senate votes to replace death penalty with life without parole in all cases.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Domestic violence harassers could lose gun rights

Senate votes to take guns away from people convicted of domestic violence harassment.


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.


Democrats push Reproductive Parity Act through state Senate

Medical insurance plans in Washington that offer maternity coverage would also have to cover abortions and contraception under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 12:01 a.m.

Bill calls for better warning system for schools

Schools would get more consistent warnings about nearby dangerous events under a Senate proposal.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 11:40 a.m.

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, 6:54 a.m.

Bump stock ban passes committee

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