washington legislature

Government And Politics
3:24 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Stand-Off In Olympia Before Budget Negotiations Even Begin

Tricky negotiations loom in Olympia over Washington's next two-year budget.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 2:57 pm

The Washington House and Senate will soon begin to negotiate a new two-year budget, but first they have to get past a roadblock.

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Northwest News
6:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Speed Traps Lurk For Proposals To Increase Highway Speed Limits

The top speed limit in Oregon is 65, compared to 80 in neighboring Idaho.
Credit Curtis Perry / Flickr

We know the old saying that "speed kills" applies to people who drive recklessly. But does it also apply to legislation to raise highway speed limits? An interstate speed limit increase in Washington looks dead, but appears to have a chance in Oregon.

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Government And Politics
4:03 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Washington Senate Republicans Increase Spending, Reject Higher Taxes In Budget

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 2:59 pm

Majority Republicans in the Washington state Senate unveiled a no-new-taxes budget Tuesday that would still boost spending by $4 billion.

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Minimum Wage
5:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Washington Senate Republicans Hold Hearing On $12 Minimum Wage

Washington Senate chamber
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:07 pm

Two of the highest priority issues for Washington House Democrats are a $12 per hour minimum wage and paid sick leave.

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Government And Politics
4:23 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Budget Fight Looms in Washington Legislature

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Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:07 pm

House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposed $1.5 billion tax package. Senate Republicans plan to rollout their proposed budget later this week.

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Powdered Alcohol
5:26 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Consider Banning Powdered Alcohol

Palcohol creator Mark Phillips pours the powdered alcohol equivalent of one shot of vodka into a glass in a promotional video on the company's website.

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 5:05 pm

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in the Washington legislature launched a move Tuesday to ban powdered alcohol.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
7:44 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Let Free Meals Reporting Die Without A Vote

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 3:46 pm

Washington lawmakers are on the honor system when it comes to accepting free meals from lobbyists.

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Washington Legislative Session
7:23 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Bills Die, Live To See Another Day As Wash. Legislature Heads Into Second Half

Cherry blossoms are already out at the Washington Capitol as a key cutoff deadline passes to move bills out of their House of origin.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers have approved a flurry of bills – and killed a bunch too - as they cross a key deadline in the 105-day session. The cut-off to vote bills out of their house of origin came and went at 5pm Wednesday.

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Government and Politics
3:35 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Cut-Off Deadline Means Washington Lawmakers Down To The Wire

Brianhe Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:23 pm

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

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Mental Health
4:35 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Deaths, Lawsuits Spur Mental Health Bills In Washington Legislature

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 4:32 pm

Mental health is one of the top issues in the Washington legislature this year. Several measures cleared the Washington House Monday in advance of a Wednesday cut-off deadline.

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