Washington Ledge

He was willing to take a bullet for three governors. Now, a decorated Washington State Patrol trooper is accused of tampering with evidence to protect his teenage son.

In 2012, indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley raised $700,000 for his winning campaign for state auditor. But the bulk of that money -- nearly $500,000 -- came from Kelley himself.

One of two former federal prosecutors defending indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has dropped out of the case.

So far, few Northwest Democrats are getting on board with a deal to "fast track" a pending Pacific trade agreement, The Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to federal charges of false tax returns and obstruction.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said it’s time for the “Wild West” days of medical marijuana to come to an end.

In California, March 31 is a legal holiday. Schools and government offices are closed for César Chávez Day.

It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is choosing to remain mostly silent about his legal troubles.

Records released Wednesday show it wasn’t just a federal grand jury that sought records from the Washington State Auditor’s office last month.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday hinted at a minimum wage ballot measure in 2016. The Democrat said that Washington voters will decide the issue.

Bill To Require Rideshare Companies To Carry Insurance

Mar 31, 2015
Gero Breloer / Associated Press

Drivers for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft would have to carry liability insurance under a bill heard Tuesday in the Washington state House.

It’s the latest compromise in a months-long negotiation between state leaders, rideshare services and taxi companies.

State Senator Cyrus Habib first sponsored a bill to create an entire framework to regulate the companies – but that proved hard to move past other lawmakers. The Kirkland Democrat said the new version of his bill focuses on requiring insurance, which he said is the most important issue.

Majority Democrats in the Washington state House have unveiled a proposed two-year, nearly $39 billion state budget and tax package.

An attorney who once sued Troy Kelley says the Washington State Auditor has known about a federal probe into his past for nearly two years.

Washington lawmakers face a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to pass bills out of their House of origin.

Washington state Senator Jim Honeyford of Yakima has apologized after using the term “colored” to refer to people of color.

For the first time, the Washington state Senate has passed a version of “Joel’s Law.”

Washington lawmakers are approaching the halfway mark of their 105-day session. Hot issues include marijuana, mental health, oil trains and cap-and-trade.

The congressional wrangling over immigration policy -- which threatens to cut off Homeland Security money later this week -- is spilling over to the Washington State Capitol in a fashion.

Washington lawmakers are in contempt of court over school funding. But it’s a couple of non-funding issues that could create a partisan rift.

Three Washington state senators received a boost in their per diem last month, despite previously saying they wouldn’t take a raise in their daily allowance.

Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.

Gas prices have plummeted, but Washington’s gas tax could soon go up.

Nearly two years after public radio and the Associated Press investigated lobbyist-paid meals for Washington lawmakers, the issue is still a topic of discussion in the legislature.

Public utility districts in Washington have the right to place power lines through state trust lands. That was the decision from the Washington Supreme Court.

Oregon could leapfrog Washington to have the highest state minimum wage in the country if the Democratically-controlled legislature approves a proposed increase.

It’s the end of week two of Washington’s legislative session. Already more than 1,200 bills have been introduced.

Washington State University

Two Spokane lawmakers submitted bill’s Wednesday to change a nearly century-old state law regarding medical schools.

Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner and Democratic Representative Marcus Riccelli introduced the bills to help Washington State University create its own medical school. The bills would amend a 1917 state law that allows only University of Washington to operate a medical school, and caps the amount of students at 120.

Riccelli’s measure has 60 co-sponsors from the House, which makes a super-majority.

Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

Washington voters barely approved it in November. Now backers of an initiative to reduce class sizes are preparing to mount a new campaign. They have to convince lawmakers to fund the new law.

Initiative 1351 orders the state to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through 12th grade. The specific class size targets come from the state’s Quality Education Council.

But achieving them could require 25,000 new teachers and support staff over the next four years. Some lawmakers have called the initiative a “budget buster.”