State Government HEADLINES
As lawmakers debate how much money to spend on schools and state government, the budget proposal by House Democrats represents the high-water mark — one that even they cannot meet.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has narrowed his list of top priorities for lawmakers to address in a special session, saying Monday that the Legislature must focus on the operating budget, a transportation-funding package and new legislation to crack down on drunken drivers.
Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday to finish their work on a two-year state budget, but with no deal reached during their two-week interim, the special legislative session could take its full allotted 30 days, if not longer.
The state Supreme Court is considering whether prosecutors should be allowed to seek the death penalty against two people accused of killing a family of six in Carnation on Christmas Eve 2007.
Pierce County governments, businesses and unions have contributed or are poised to contribute more than $90,000 this year to lobby state lawmakers to extend state Route 167 to the Port of Tacoma.
The Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts was hacked in February, and up to 160,000 social security numbers and 1 million driver license numbers may have been accessed during the data breach of its public website.
Washington's high school students may have a greater incentive to take Advanced Placement computer science courses in the future, which state lawmakers hope will spur more school districts to offer the classes.
You shouldnt have to drive more than 20 miles to buy your whiskey and gin. Thats the idea driving the state Liquor Control Board to let a few more small stores sell hard liquor under the voter-approved privatization scheme that limited most sales to stores 10,000 square feet and bigger.
You shouldnt have to drive more than 20 miles to buy your whiskey and gin.
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that state lawmakers have made progress in ongoing budget talks by at least agreeing on how much things will actually cost.
Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind when state lawmakers return to special session on May 13.
Republicans in the state Senate want to revive a handful of controversial education-reform measures during upcoming budget negotiations, including giving principals veto authority over teacher transfers, assigning letter grades to schools, and intervening when students can’t read well by third grade.
After the legislative day ends at the Capitol, its common for lobbyists and lawmakers to meet for dinner at one of several usually higher-end Olympia restaurants. This is where, over a meal, perhaps a bottle of Washington wine, the work continues.
Washington finalized swift changes to the state’s definition of marijuana Wednesday after prosecutors and crime lab scientists expressed concern about the technical aspects of a voter-approved legalization initiative.
More than 5,000 products, including clothing, toys and bedding, contain toxic chemicals that could be dangerous for children's health, yet stores still stock them and consumers know little about their content, an advocacy group reported this week.
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