Olympia http://nwpr.org en Workers Rights Groups Want Penalties For Unlawful Employers http://nwpr.org/post/workers-rights-groups-want-penalties-unlawful-employers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers rights groups have a term for cases of withheld pay, denied breaks, and unnecessary deductions. They call it “wage theft.” In Olympia Tuesday, advocates for labor groups testified in favor of a series of measures aimed at cracking down on fraud against employees.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:36:15 +0000 Taylor Winkel 40302 at http://nwpr.org Several Washington Lawmakers Eat Frequently On Lobbyists' Dime http://nwpr.org/post/several-washington-lawmakers-eat-frequently-lobbyists-dime <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/052913AJ_FrequentDiners_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington state lawmakers are barred from accepting gifts intended to influence their vote. But there’s an exception to that rule. Members of the legislature are allowed to accept free food and drinks if it’s related to their official duties, but only on an “infrequent” basis.<p>However, a public radio investigation, done in cooperation with the Associated Press, reveals that dozens of state legislators frequently accept meals from lobbyists. Wed, 29 May 2013 22:40:16 +0000 Austin Jenkins 28399 at http://nwpr.org Several Washington Lawmakers Eat Frequently On Lobbyists' Dime Police And May Day Protestors Face-Off In Olympia http://nwpr.org/post/police-and-may-day-protestors-face-olympia <span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">In Olympia, May Day protesters faced-off with police in riot gear Wednesday night. But the two sides did not clash. Thu, 02 May 2013 13:55:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 26855 at http://nwpr.org Police And May Day Protestors Face-Off In Olympia Inside The World Of Business Lobbying In Olympia http://nwpr.org/post/inside-world-business-lobbying-olympia <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030713AJ_BizLobbyists1_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the world of state legislatures, there’s a powerful breed of players who normally shun the spotlight. They prefer to work behind the scenes to influence policy outcomes. We’re talking about business lobbyists. Inside this often hidden world, you’ll meet two of the most successful corporate contract lobbyists in the Washington state capitol. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:52:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 23961 at http://nwpr.org Inside The World Of Business Lobbying In Olympia Mountain Goat Population Rising In Olympic National Park http://nwpr.org/post/mountain-goat-population-rising-olympic-national-park <p>There are more mountain goats in Olympic National Park than there have been for the past 20 years. That&rsquo;s according to a new report released today by the US Geological Survey. Ashley Ahearn reports. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:51:03 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 2904 at http://nwpr.org Mountain Goat Population Rising In Olympic National Park Wash. Gay Marriage Proposal Gets Decisive 'Yes' Vote To Pass http://nwpr.org/post/wash-gay-marriage-proposal-gets-decisive-yes-vote-pass <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers say they now have the last &ldquo;yes&rdquo; vote they need to pass same-sex marriage in the state.<br /><br />Cheers from gay rights supporters filled the room as state Senator Ed Murray announced that news at a press conference Monday in Olympia. The 25th vote comes from Democratic State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen.<br /><br />Opponents of gay marriage want to put the idea to a vote of the people. So even though the legislative votes are there, Murray says same-sex marriage is not a done deal yet in Washington.<br /> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 02:56:00 +0000 Reed Michaelsen 1935 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Gay Marriage Proposal Gets Decisive 'Yes' Vote To Pass Telephone Tax Increased To Pay For 911 Upgrades in Wash. http://nwpr.org/post/telephone-tax-increased-pay-911-upgrades-wash <p><span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblStory">OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; The Washington Legislature has passed and sent to the governor a measure to increase the tax on phone bills. The extra money raised will go to pay for 911 system upgrades. The increase amounts to 25 cents per line per month split between the state and individual counties. During the Washington House debate, Republican Representative Ed Orcutt and Democrat Christopher Hurst disagreed over the wisdom of the tax hike.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:22:00 +0000 2874 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Corrections Secretary Demands Changes To Parolee Compact http://nwpr.org/post/wash-corrections-secretary-demands-changes-parolee-compact <p><span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_lblStory">OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash;Washington&#39;s Secretary of Corrections will make the case&nbsp;Wednesday for permanent changes to the interstate compact on parolees. This stems from the murders of four Lakewood&nbsp;police officers last November by Arkansas parolee Maurice Clemmons.</span></p> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:35:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2876 at http://nwpr.org