Washington Senate http://nwpr.org en Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase http://nwpr.org/post/washington-senate-panel-approves-30-diem-increase <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Washington state senators are giving themselves a pay raise. They will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session, up from the current $90 a day.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:46:30 +0000 Austin Jenkins 43361 at http://nwpr.org Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase Free Meal Complaint Against Lawmakers Dismissed, 'Serious Concerns' Remain http://nwpr.org/post/free-meal-complaint-against-lawmakers-dismissed-serious-concerns-remain <a href="/failed%20Limelight" class="asset-audio"></a><p>An ethics panel in Washington has ruled that five Republican state senators did not violate Washington ethics law when they accepted dozens of free meals from lobbyists earlier this year.<p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:42:10 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39038 at http://nwpr.org Free Meal Complaint Against Lawmakers Dismissed, 'Serious Concerns' Remain Senator Murray Still Pressing For Historic Preservation Of Hanford Sites http://nwpr.org/post/senator-murray-still-pressing-historic-preservation-hanford-sites <p></p><p>Senator Patty Murray is pressing legislation in the U.S. Senate that would make some historic sites at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington part of the national parks system. The Democrat toured the historic site of Hanford High School Thursday. The building was part of the town that was forcibly vacated to make way for the secretive Manhattan Project during World War II. Now, the remains of the building sit amid the brush near the Columbia River. Murray says she wants these sites preserved and available for public visits along with the more famous “B” Reactor.</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:14:29 +0000 Anna King 32304 at http://nwpr.org Senator Murray Still Pressing For Historic Preservation Of Hanford Sites Washington Senate Passes Budget http://nwpr.org/post/washington-senate-passes-budget <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/062813AJ_Jenkins-DEBRIEF_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Washington Senate has passed a two-year operating budget on a 44 to 4 vote. It now goes to the House for debate.<p>The sudden momentum in Olympia Friday follows weeks of budget gridlock. But in order to find common ground, both the House and Senate gave up things they wanted. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 00:08:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 30141 at http://nwpr.org Washington Senate Passes Budget Washington Legislature Heads Into Fraught Home Stretch http://nwpr.org/post/washington-legislature-heads-fraught-home-stretch <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/041713AJ_SpecialSession_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>For the second time this week, minority Democrats in the Washington Senate have tried to force a vote on a controversial insurance measure that deals with abortion coverage. The parliamentary move Wednesday highlights partisan tensions as the deadline for adjournment approaches.<p>Democrat Karen Keiser led the effort to revive the so-called Reproductive Parity Act. On the floor of the Senate, she said the bill has enough votes to pass. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:41:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 26081 at http://nwpr.org Washington Legislature Heads Into Fraught Home Stretch Washington Senate Majority Could Be Imperiled By Sick Member http://nwpr.org/post/washington-senate-majority-could-be-imperiled-sick-member <p>The serious illness of a Washington state Senator could threaten to alter the balance of power in that legislative chamber. The majority is now potentially short a critical vote.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:59:34 +0000 Austin Jenkins 24840 at http://nwpr.org Washington Senate Majority Could Be Imperiled By Sick Member Controversial Injured Workers Measures Pass Washington Senate http://nwpr.org/post/controversial-injured-workers-measures-pass-washington-senate <p></p><p>The new Republican-dominated majority in the Washington state Senate has approved a series of controversial measures that deal with injured workers. The votes Monday were a key test of the Majority Coalition’s one vote advantage. The most controversial of the proposed laws would lower the age when permanently injured workers are eligible to choose a lump sum insurance payout. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:22:31 +0000 Alexandra Kocik 22225 at http://nwpr.org Washington Senate Democrats: GOP Pushing 'Cookie-Cutter' Education Reforms http://nwpr.org/post/washington-senate-democrats-gop-pushing-cookie-cutter-education-reforms <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/020113AJ_Billig_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Democrats in the Washington Senate are on the attack over a series of Republican-backed education reform measures. At a news conference Friday, the Democrats accused Republicans of getting boilerplate legislation from a corporate-backed education foundation run by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.<p>Democrat Andy Billig serves on the Senate K-12 committee. Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:57:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 22114 at http://nwpr.org Fight Brewing Over College Bound Scholarship http://nwpr.org/post/fight-brewing-over-college-bound-scholarship <p></p><p>First it was Washington’s guaranteed tuition program. Now the new majority leader of the state Senate has another college access program in his budget-cutting sights: College Bound. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 01:31:08 +0000 Alexandra Kocik 21760 at http://nwpr.org Democrats In Washington Senate Slam Majority For Leak Investigation http://nwpr.org/post/democrats-washington-senate-slam-majority-leak-investigation <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/012313AJ_RoachFollow_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – The partisan fallout continues in the Washington state Senate over its response to how a controversial Republican senator treats staff. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:07:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21637 at http://nwpr.org Democrats In Washington Senate Slam Majority For Leak Investigation