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Dr. Christine Johnson: State disinvestment in community colleges hurts economy

We provide educational opportunity to all searching to improve their lives. And yet, community and technical colleges receive the lowest level of state funding per full-time student in Washington.

Timing propels passage of tougher DUI law

The state needed to toughen the law to lower the risk of tragedy.

Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Global warming, April 28, 1974

Special session begins at the Washington Capitol

The Washington Legislature has started a 30-day special session to address the still unresolved two-year state budget that must comply with a state Supreme Court order on education funding.

Washington Legislature passes Columbia River bridge bill, but Oregon lawmakers busy

Last week, a bill addressing the Interstate 5 bridge between Washington and Oregon sailed out of the Washington Senate. But the message Washington lawmakers tried to send across the river …

Lawmakers must stop posturing, start negotiating

Stop the dueling press releases, quit searching for future campaign sound bites and get to work. The only developments coming out of Olympia should be ideas about compromise.

UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017

Lawmakers don’t want pot billboards to be appealing to kids

Washington state lawmakers have passed a variety of tweaks to state marijuana laws, including new rules for what can appear on pot billboards.

Distracted drivers to face new penalties in Washington

Holding a phone while driving in Washington state could become illegal in 2019 if Gov. Jay Inslee signs a distracted driving measure passed by the Legislature.

UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017

Washington lawmakers heading into overtime

Unable to agree to negotiate, much less reach, a state budget deal during their regularly scheduled legislative session, Washington lawmakers are likely to start an overtime special session on Monday.

UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017

Dogs get protection from inhumane tethering

Dog owners could face new penalties in Washington state if they tie up or “tether” their dogs in an inhumane way.

UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017

No peeking: You can’t see Washington lawmakers records because of this law

When rejecting requests for everything from lawmakers’ daily calendars to emails to disciplinary reports, legislative attorneys routinely cite language quietly added more than two decades ago to Washington’s public records …

Travis Alert is a sensible, sensitive step forward

It sets up a system in which dispatchers can relay information to emergency responders and create a training program so that responders know how to work with those with disabilities.

UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Shawn Vestal: Public records law strong for everyone but lawmakers

None of your business. Wondering how the Legislature’s coming along in its negotiations over funding education? Wondering who the legislative leaders are meeting with as they try to hash it …

Republican candidate announces for key state Senate race

Another candidate has jumped in the race for a Senate seat that will determine which party controls the chamber this year.

Travis Alert bill passes Legislature

A bill named for a Wapato boy with autism is headed to the governor’s desk.

Heidi Mitchell: How we fund schools as important as how much

We must direct more money into the grossly unfunded interventions designed to help students in greatest need.

Sexual assault protection order bill heads to Gov. Inslee

The Legislature has passed a bill that would allow the courts to issue permanent protection orders for victims of sexual assault.

UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

State Sen. Doug Ericksen juggling EPA job gets state and federal pay

A Washington state senator who has been juggling his legislative duties while working in the Trump administration has collected nearly $6,000 from the state in daily expense allowances so far …

Once again, it’s crunch time for fairs

Washington state lawmakers are threatening to slam the barn door on funding for county fairs.

Bill to toughen rules around oil transport clears key hurdle

A House bill aimed at increasing the safety around oil transportation on land and water has cleared a key committee. The House Finance Committee on amended and passed House Bill …

UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017

Senate Passes construction budget

Washington state senators passed a two-year construction budget that puts more money toward updating schools, mental health facilities and state water services.

UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

Washington lawmakers consider allowing medical marijuana in schools

Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in …

I-5 Bridge bill draws favorable reviews at hearing

A Senate panel heard favorable reviews Tuesday for a House bill intended to restart the process to replace the chronically congested Interstate 5 Bridge.

UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017

Child care costs rivaling the price of a college degree put Spokane parents in a pinch

By the time their children finish preschool, some Spokane County parents have paid for the equivalent of a college education at a state university. Child care costs are rising again, …

Senate Republicans set to release state budget plan

Senate Republicans in Washington state are set to release their two-year state budget proposal.

UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

State budget would target 1 in 5 workers for big raises

With new staffers walking the wards these days at Western State Hospital, nurse Becky Bailey feels safer. There’s less of a last-minute scramble for nurses to fill vacant positions, said …

Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia

Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.

Bill would give WSU lead role on elk hoof disease

Legislation directing Washington State University involvement in monitoring and assessing elk hoof disease in Southwest Washington got solid support Wednesday before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Waldref/Mumm: It’s March Madness for river cleanup funds

One of the longest and snowiest winters in recent memory is about to melt away. The river is already filling with spring runoff, giving a trial run for Spokane’s largest …

Shore up ailing public health budgets

Treatment, facilities, equipment and workers represent a mountain of health care cash. Meanwhile, disease prevention is an eroding foothill.