Stories tagged: washington legislature
Sun., Sept. 1, 2019
As critics and supporters of Rep. Matt Shea await the findings of an independent investigation of the Spokane Valley Republican, they should know one thing: When voters send a person …
UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019
Spokane School Board votes to dip into reserves to reduce cuts, but it hasn’t decided what will be saved
The Spokane Public School Board of Directors chose Wednesday to spend more of its rainy day funds but to delay many of the tougher budget decisions facing the district next …
Tue., June 11, 2019
Washington Supreme Court will hear arguments whether legislators individually are subject to Public Records Act or can refuse to release some documents.
Tue., May 21, 2019
A process that used to take several weeks is now taking several months, due to a backlog of needed blood tests at the state’s lone laboratory in Seattle. While the …
Fri., May 10, 2019
While Washington’s lawmakers and governor celebrated their efforts to fix the state’s ailing mental health system, workers at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital struggled with a new assault, sewage flooding, …
UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019
Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending …
UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019
Washington legislators took substantial steps to reshape the mental-health system, including funding for new facilities, legislation to increase the number of qualified workers, and the creation of new types of …
Sat., May 4, 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 …
Tue., April 30, 2019
Affirmative action initiative likely to spur local discussions about race, gender in employment and recruiting
The Legislature’s action late Sunday night to overturn a 20-year ban on “affirmative action” policies may cause local school districts, governments and universities to re-evaluate the makeup of their workplaces.
Fri., April 26, 2019
The shadow of the past year’s teacher protest movement is hanging over state capitals, where officials are piecing together the money to make good on promised pay raises and try …
UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure that seeks to eliminate a backlog of about 10,000 untested rape kits by December 2021.
UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019
The Washington state Legislature on Tuesday approved new limits on untraceable, undetectable firearms, including the 3D-printed guns at the center of a high-profile federal case.
UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019
State Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, has drawn the wrath of state nurses after she said on the floor of the Senate that some nurses may spend a considerable part …
UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019
Schools in Washington will be ‘strongly encouraged’ to teach students about the Holocaust under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, with advocates pointing to a spike in …
Wed., April 17, 2019
OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure to ensure that some of the Affordable Care Act’s federal protections are protected in state law. Inslee signed the measure …
Wed., April 17, 2019
Finding out just who’s a good dog is set to become the responsibility of local jurisdictions under new rules on breed bans passed by the Legislature.
UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019
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 …
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019
Staff reductions looming at Spokane, Mead and West Valley school districts following pay raises, change in funding
A shift in the tax burden from local districts to Olympia, paired with wage hikes to teachers last fall, has several local school districts declaring financial hardship as they’re planning …
UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019
Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion
Both chambers of the Washington Legislature have passed laws that would create a state system for licensing hemp production. The long-outlawed cousin of marijuana hasn’t taken off in the Evergreen …
Sat., March 16, 2019
The Spokane City Council passed a measure at the end of 2015 that would allow those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions to petition the court for their record to be cleared. …
UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019
Washington bill would allow parents to give students marijuana extract drugs on public school grounds
The bill, which has been introduced twice before in the Washington Legislature, is intended to allow students with a documented condition treated by marijuana to receive the drug on campuses, …
Sun., March 10, 2019
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 …
Wed., March 6, 2019
Four out of five property owners in Spokane County will pay less on their property tax bill in 2019 compared to last year. The bulk of that savings has to …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019
A House committee has advanced a measure that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019
Legislators would have to make public some of their correspondence, documents and memos – although not as much as other government officials in Washington – under a proposal filed Thursday.
Sun., Jan. 20, 2019
This year, lawmakers in Olympia should knuckle down, focus on the core issues, and leave the divisive political ones dead in committees.
Sun., Jan. 13, 2019
Washington legislators return to Olympia on Monday expecting more money to flow into state coffers than ever before, but with demands to spend even more.
Fri., Dec. 28, 2018
The two Eastern Washington Republicans pushed back on Gov. Jay Inslee’s requests for more spending and offered their insight into issues affecting Spokane, including homelessness, in a wide-ranging interview earlier …
Fri., Dec. 7, 2018
A task force created after Washington lawmakers attempted to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act says the Legislature should be more transparent about its workings.
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018
Former Valley legislator Lynn Schindler died this week.