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House leaders get Shea report, but public release delayed

Top House members were briefed Wednesday on the investigation of Rep. Matt Shea, but release of the report to the public is not likely before next week.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Washington courts likely to decide which legislative records will be open to the public after lawmakers say proposal is dead

An effort to open some legislative records to the public while keeping others secret is likely dead, lawmakers acknowledged Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Chopp to step down as speaker after 2019

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


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017

2011 Washington state House resignation sparked by ‘inappropriate behavior’

Leaders at the Washington state House have acknowledged that a state representative who resigned in the middle of the 2011 legislative session was forced out because of allegations of inappropriate …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017

Budget clock ‘running out,’ Inslee warns, as third special session starts

Legislature starts its third special session with Gov. Jay Inslee vowing to veto a short-term budget.


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017

Can Washington Legislature finish budget in time? Doesn’t look likely

With 10 days left in the regular session, Democrats and Republicans seemed moving inexorably toward a budget impasse that will force them into overtime for the seventh time in eight …


New budget proposal released on day 1 of special session

The morning after the Legislature is called into special session and Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes 27 bills, Senate Republicans release a new budget proposal.


Progress reported on state budget process

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders seemed to concur Friday that they are closing in on an agreement on the 2015-17 state budget, something that has eluded them …


House Democrats offer $38.4 billion budget plan

OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their latest 2015-17 budget proposal, a $38.4 billion plan with lower spending and fewer taxes than a bill they passed earlier this year. For optimists, …


Special session, round two, begins in Olympia today

OLYMPIA – The Legislature will go into double-overtime in an effort to reach a deal on how to spend some $38 billion on state programs, agencies and salaries over the …


Washington budget talks likely to take second special session

OLYMPIA – Legislators reached a key milestone in the special session over the budgets, but unfortunately it was not the milestone of having a negotiated agreement that would allow them …


Budget talks stall along partisan lines

OLYMPIA – Budget negotiations between Washington House Democrats and Senate Republicans stalled Wednesday evening, with each side accusing the other of forcing the legislative session past its scheduled April 26 …


Education, transportation top priorities of Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – The 2014 session of the Washington Legislature may be one of short duration, small tweaks and low expectations. Legislators will continue last year’s struggles over roads and abortion. …


Lawmakers say deal on budget close

OLYMPIA – With state agencies preparing to send temporary layoff notices to some workers Monday, legislators signaled they are closing in on a deal for a two-year operating budget. So …


Revenue windfall could end stalemate

OLYMPIA – An improving economic outlook could allow the Legislature to do something in the next few days that it has been unable to do for nearly six months: negotiate …


Washington Legislature goes to double-overtime

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed for about 17 hours overnight Tuesday – the amount of time between its ineffectual first special session and a second special session that some say …


House Democrats offer state budget compromise

OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered to trim spending and drop many proposals on taxes as part of a compromise they say would allow the Washington Legislature to pass a 2013-15 …


WSU ceramics exhibit offers look at couple’s private collection

Their home might be a gallery, or a dream-world menagerie. Stairs and a couple of turns in the spare hallway of a former service building downtown lead to a tall …


Deal on state budget remains elusive

OLYMPIA – With less than a week remaining in a special session designed to solve a billion-dollar budget problem, House Democrats pushed out a new state spending proposal and a …