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Distracted driving bill passes state Senate

Distracted driving bill passes state SenateThe Washington Senate has voted to extend the state's ban on cell phone use while driving to cover the range of functions a smartphone can now serve.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Politics

Lawmakers could link teacher pay to location

Lawmakers could link teacher pay to locationLawmakers are considering linking teacher compensation to location and cost of living.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks ago
News

Gov. Inslee email disclosure

Gov. Inslee email disclosureMessages sent from Gov. Jay Inslee's personal account to staff members or which discuss state business.
  • News
  • 3 weeks ago
Politics

Pension forfeiture bills to get a hearing at the Capitol

Pension forfeiture bills to get a hearing at the CapitolWednesday is the deadline to get bills passed this session, two pension forfeiture bills just introduced last week were given an exception to that deadline
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks ago
Politics

State considers changing Presidential nomination process

State considers changing Presidential nomination processOfficials in Washington are considering altering the nomination process to emphasize primaries instead of caucuses.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Politics

Washington lawmakers may receive raise

Washington lawmakers may receive raiseA commission made up of Washington state citizens has proposed an 11% raise for the legislature over the next two years.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Politics

State senator apologizes for 'colored' comments during hearing

State senator apologizes for 'colored' comments during hearingSenator Jim Honeyford, a Republican from Sunnywide, apologized for comments he made in which he described minorities as "colored" and "coloreds."
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Politics

Urban League CEO to run for Seattle council vs Sawant

Urban League CEO to run for Seattle council vs SawantBanks makes it four candidates vying for the newly-created District 3.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 5 days ago
News

Washington House votes to raise hourly minimum wage to $12

Washington House votes to raise hourly minimum wage to $12Representatives voted 51-46 Tuesday afternoon to raise what was already the nation's highest state hourly minimum wage at $9.47.
  • News
  • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Politics

Washington House passes bill to require paid sick leave

Washington House passes bill to require paid sick leaveThe bill passed the Democratic-controlled chamber in a 51-46 party-line vote Tuesday after a short debate.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
News

State Senate approves bill to make WHL players 'amateurs'

State Senate approves bill to make WHL players 'amateurs'The State Senate approved a bill Tuesday which could change how Western Hockey League players are classified in our state.
  • News
  • 4 weeks ago
Politics

Lt. Gov.: Senate 2/3 rule on new taxes not constitutional

Lt. Gov.: Senate 2/3 rule on new taxes not constitutionalA state senator is challenging whether the Senate can vote to increase the gas tax 11.7 cents per gallon without a 2/3 majority.
  • Politics
  • 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Politics

State Senate starts moving transportation bills

State Senate starts moving transportation billsThe Senate started moving some pieces of a state transportation package, including a measure that would exempt all state highway and preservation projects from the state sales tax and would redirect sales tax money from non-highway transportation projects away from the...
  • Politics
  • 1 month ago
Politics

Bill would mandate Native American history in WA schools

Bill would mandate Native American history in WA schoolsState lawmakers are considering SB 5433, which would require public schools to integrate tribal history into curriculum.
  • Politics
  • 1 month ago
Local

Does the state need a 'Silver Alert' for seniors?

Does the state need a 'Silver Alert' for seniors?WSP has concerns with proposal.
  • Local
  • 1 month ago
Seattle

Seattle council member Sally Clark drops out of race

Seattle council member Sally Clark drops out of raceCouncil member Sally Clark says she will not run for re-election.
  • Seattle
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Politics

Senate leaders propose 11.7-cent gas tax increase

Senate leaders propose 11.7-cent gas tax increaseSenate majority leaders on Thursday unveiled a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Seattle

Seattle ethics commission considers office fund changes

Seattle ethics commission considers office fund changesOffice funds are accounts held by most city council members and Mayor Ed Murray that are funded with private donations.
  • Seattle
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Elections

Decision 2015: Election Results

Decision 2015: Election ResultsElection results for Highline School District bond measure.
  • Elections
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Politics

Bills would exempt police, military from gun background checks

Bills would exempt police, military from gun background checksLawmakers want to give exemptions to those who carry guns at work.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Politics

Governor: Help more doctors pay off loans

Governor: Help more doctors pay off loansTo qualify under proposal, doctors would need to work in "underserved" community clinics.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Politics

Lawmaker: Allow police to auction off seized pot

Lawmaker: Allow police to auction off seized potCommittee chair considers most medical providers part of black market.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Politics

State Senate proposes changes to initiative process

State Senate proposes changes to initiative processSenators hope to stop unfunded initiatives from being approved.
  • Politics
  • 2 months ago
Olympia

State lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penalty

State lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penaltyWashington state lawmakers in the House have introduced a measure to abolish the death penalty.
  • Olympia
  • 2 months ago
Politics

Summit: Sarah Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016 race

Summit: Sarah Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016 raceAt least nine potential Republican presidential contenders gathered Saturday in Iowa for the first cattle call of 2016.
  • Politics
  • 2 months ago
Politics

Seattle councilman Nick Licata won't run again

Seattle councilman Nick Licata won't run againLongtime Seattle City Council member Nick Licata will not seek another term.
  • Politics
  • 2 months, 1 week ago
Local

State to consider ivory ban to protect elephants

State to consider ivory ban to protect elephantsA bill to be introduced in the Washington State Legislature on Wednesday would impose strict regulations on the sale of ivory in the state, in an effort protect all species of elephants and rhinoceros.
  • Local
  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago