legislature

Washington Midterms
6:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Nearly $33M So Far In Washington Mid-Term Elections

The House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
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Washington’s August primary is less than a month away. It’s a midterm election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, already nearly $33 million has been contributed to campaigns. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins takes a look at who’s giving.

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Idaho Marijuana Laws
7:29 am
Fri June 20, 2014

How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho’s Strict Marijuana Laws

Clare, Alexis and Micheal Carey.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Northwest News Network

Unlike Washington and Oregon, Idaho doesn’t have any form of legal marijuana. In fact in 2013 Idaho lawmakers passed a resolution saying they would never support legalizing marijuana for any reason. But one year later, during the 2014 legislative session many of those same lawmakers held closed door discussions about creating an exception to the state’s strict anti-pot laws. As Adam Cotterell reports it was because of a Boise girl and her mom.

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Digital Privacy
6:04 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Balance Between Privacy And Public Safety Debated in Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety.
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Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety. Advocates on both sides weighed in on the issue before an Oregon Senate panel Thursday.

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Oregon Protest Restrictions
5:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Oregon Court Allows Rule Banning Overnight Protests At Capitol

Michele Darr was among the protesters arrested for trespassing during a 2009 anti-war demonstration at the Oregon capitol.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Oregon Legislature has the right to ban protestors from using the capitol steps overnight. That's the upshot of a ruling Thursday by the Oregon Supreme Court. The case involved anti-war protesters speaking out against the deployment of Oregon National Guard troops to Iraq and Afghanistan back in 2009.

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Millennial Politicians
11:04 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Despite Party Differences, Millennial State Lawmakers Find Common Ground

The four youngest members of the Washington legislature are two Democrats and two Republicans who find generational common ground in spite of their political differences.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The Washington legislature is trending a bit younger these day.  Nine of the 147 members are under-34 year olds. 

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Education Funding
6:08 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Wash. Lawmakers Deliver K-12 Funding Report To High Court

State Supreme Court justices had set an April 30 deadline for Washington lawmakers to detail plans to add billions to the state’s education budget.
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It’s no grand pact for beefing up Washington’s education budget, but a legislative committee did deliver a report on the subject to the state’s high court. 

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Washington State Archives Flood
6:01 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Flood At Washington State Archives; County Birth and Death Records Wet

Blue tarps protect historic records from flood waters dripping down from above at the Washington State Archives in Olympia.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Cleanup efforts are underway at the Washington State Archives in Olympia after a newly installed kitchen sink line caused a flood overnight. 

Among the historic records that got wet: marriage and birth records from the late 1800s. But the damage could have been much worse. 

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Washington Legislature
4:40 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for re-election.
Credit Washington Legislature

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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Washington Legislature
7:42 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Washington Legislature Adjourns Without Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax

The floor of the Washington Senate on the last night of the 60-day session
Credit Austin Jenkins

The Washington legislature adjourned its 60-day session just before midnight Thursday night. This was Senate Floor Leader Joe Fain.

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Washington Budget
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature

This budget deal represents a compromise between the Democratically-controlled Washington House and mostly Republican majority in the state Senate.
Credit Tradnor / Wikimedia Commons

Washington public schools will get an additional nearly $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year. That’s the upshot of a budget deal that’s being announced at this hour at the Capitol in Olympia.

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