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State awaits gloomy budget news

OLYMPIA – Today’s the day. After months of ever-worse budget news, lawmakers will today hear state forecasters’ best guess about how the treasury will fare over the next two years.


Here’s bill of fare for outdoors legislation

Keep your guard up, your hopes in check, and maintain a firm grip on your wallet. The Washington Legislature is approaching the critical Feb. 25 cutoff that determines which among …


Publishers seek state tax break

Newspaper publishers implored lawmakers on Wednesday to give them a temporary break on the state’s main business tax, saying that some of the state’s papers are “holding on by our …


Global warming bill struggles in Olympia

OLYMPIA – A controversial “cap and trade” plan that would put Washington at the forefront of efforts to combat global warming has been dramatically watered down under pressure from businesses …


Schools make their case to Washington legislators

OLYMPIA – If you didn’t know better, it would have looked like a celebration. College marching bands and cheerleaders crammed into the state Capitol rotunda Tuesday, grinning and blasting out …


Universities woo legislators with marching bands, ice cream

If you didn’t know better, it would have looked like a celebration. College marching bands and cheerleaders crammed into the state capitol rotunda Tuesday, grinning and blasting out fight songs. …


Senate Democrats seek more oversight for insurance rebates

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats on Monday proposed increasing oversight of a business insurance rebate program, citing rebate overpayments of at least $150 million. Last week, the state Department of Labor …


Bill would add turn lane at U.S. 195 intersection

OLYMPIA – Three weeks after a teenage girl was killed trying to cross U.S. 195 from Cheney-Spokane Road, two local lawmakers on Monday introduced legislation to pay for work to …


Wash. lawmakers agree to early budget savings

Democratic leaders have worked out a deal to immediately cut about $300 million in state spending, the first major budget savings that will come out of the 2009 Legislature.


Jump in jobless benefits closer

OLYMPIA – The Legislature moved a step closer Thursday to passing a plan to temporarily increase the state’s weekly unemployment benefits. The Senate passed the measure on a 43-4 vote. …


Measure imposes regulations for dog breeders

OLYMPIA – Visiting longtime friends recently, Kettle Falls’ Brandon Hatch was stunned at what he saw. His friends, who lived in Skagit County, were running a puppy mill, breeding dogs …


Bill aims to regulate puppy mills

OLYMPIA – Visiting longtime friends recently, Kettle Falls’ Brandon Hatch was stunned at what he saw. His friends, who lived in Skagit County, were running a puppy mill, breeding dogs …


Wash. Legislature closer to passing unemployment benefit boost

The Legislature moved a step closer Thursday to passing a plan to temporarily increase the state’s weekly unemployment benefits.


Bill aids immigrant students

OLYMPIA – Emotions ran high Wednesday as state lawmakers discussed allowing illegal immigrant students – many of them brought to this country as young children – to qualify for millions …


Eye on Olympia: Legislators propose studying selves

OLYMPIA – On the face of it, the bill reads like a parody. The Legislature is thinking about “creat(ing) a commission within the legislature to evaluate the legislature.”


Proposed education grants for illegal immigrants prompt heated debate

OLYMPIA – Emotions ran high Wednesday as state lawmakers discussed allowing illegal immigrant students – many of them brought to this country as young children – to qualify for millions …


Payday loan bills introduced to Washington Statehouse

OLYMPIA – It’s become an annual ritual in the Statehouse: low-income people and advocates descend on Olympia to blast payday loans. It’s too easy, they say, for desperate families to …


Marijuana penalties subject of proposal in Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA – Civil liberties groups, medical marijuana supporters and a smattering of music festivalgoers may have reason to rejoice: The Legislature is considering a proposal that would effectively decriminalize possession …


Same-sex couples bill a big draw

OLYMPIA – The first public hearing on an “everything but marriage” bill for same-sex couples on Thursday drew standing-room-only crowds and emotional testimony about families, faith and personal values. On …


Unions, businesses clash over new bill

OLYMPIA – For nearly two years, Dan Joy says, his boss at a Spokane grocery store badgered him and other employees to go to the boss’ church. It would, they …


Feeding wild animals could be prohibited

OLYMPIA — The Washington House is considering a bill that would prohibit private citizens from feeding many wild animals — elk, deer, bears, raccoons, opossums, cougars, wolves, coyotes, wild turkeys …


Reforms may be going to the dogs

OLYMPIA – Declaring that dogs “are neither a commercial crop nor commodity,” several state lawmakers say it’s time to clamp down on inhumane practices at puppy mills. “Without proper oversight, …


Washington House approves spending cuts

OLYMPIA – The state House kicked immediate budget savings into gear Monday, approving a roughly $300 million package of spending cuts. But minority Republicans warned that the Legislature is still …


‘Hiker orange’ clothing bill makes this outdoorsman see red

A bill in the Washington Legislature makes me gag, and I didn’t even know Pam Almli. Had I known or been related to the Snohomish County woman — who was …


Teacher-student sex targeted

OLYMPIA – It’s not illegal for a teacher to have consensual sex with an 18-year-old student, a state appeals court said two weeks ago. The response from state lawmakers: Well, …


Colleges make case against cuts

OLYMPIA – Stick your head into any budget hearing in Olympia and it will quickly become clear that the near-universal argument for anyone wanting state dollars is this: “Spend on …


Bill offers all but marriage to gay couples

OLYMPIA – Washington state would offer same-sex couples all the rights and benefits given to heterosexual married couples under a measure that was introduced Tuesday in the Legislature. Sen. Ed …


Senators push ‘green jobs’ plan

OLYMPIA – Echoing plans in the other Washington, Senate Democrats in Olympia detailed their plans Tuesday to combine “green jobs” with a renewed push for conservation and alternative sources of …


State may close teen runaway centers

Spokane’s center for teenage runaways could close this year if the Legislature agrees to cuts proposed by the Department of Social and Health Services. Nine centers in nine cities, including …


Bill pushes education reform

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers Monday began making the case for an overhaul of Washington’s education system. “All in all, we think this is the first comprehensive …