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Washington Governor Jay Inslee used Earth Day to chastise state lawmakers for their environmental record.

Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature’s 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.

Call it the timeshare rule. Washington lawmakers can accept free tickets to this summer’s U.S. Open golf championship -- if they attend a three-hour tour and seminar.

Washington lawmakers are poised to put an additional $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion into public schools over the next two years.

The push to raise the gas tax by nearly 12 cents per gallon gas is still alive in the Washington legislature. But time is running out.

For the third year in a row, railroad workers in Washington have been dealt a defeat in the legislature.

A proposal to make it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving has died in the Washington House. The measure failed to get a vote before a key deadline Tuesday.

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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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

Washington state lawmakers are more than a third of the way through their 105-day legislative session.

In Olympia, legislative budget writers got a shot of good news Friday regarding tax collections.

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It’s said that death and taxes are the only certain things in life. But it’s almost always certain that Democrats and Republicans will disagree on taxes.

Washington’s 2015 legislative session doesn’t start until January 12, but already lawmakers have pre-filed dozens of proposed laws.

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Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board has capped the number of free meals lawmakers can accept from lobbyists.

Now the Ethics Board will consider whether lawmakers must report those meals. A meeting is scheduled for December 2.

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The election is over, but not the political fundraising. Washington state lawmakers are racing the clock to replenish their coffers before the freeze.

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The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday comes as Washington voters are about to decide two competing gun related ballot measures.

In fact, next week two parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook school shooting are scheduled to be in Seattle. They will campaign for Initiative 594 to expand background checks.

The background check campaign put out a statement shortly after the shooting. It said, in part: “While the facts of today’s shooting are still unclear...It is up to all of us to come together and work to reduce gun violence.”

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The Washington Supreme Court has found the state legislature in contempt. That order issued Thursday is just the latest twist in the ongoing McCleary school funding lawsuit.

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The Washington Supreme Court has found the state legislature in contempt. That order issued Thursday is just the latest twist in the ongoing McCleary school funding lawsuit. But the Court did not issue sanctions.

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Washington’s August primary appears to have delivered an historic first. Two Republicans are likely to advance to the November election in central Washington’s Fourth Congressional District. Never before has the state’s top-two primary produced two contenders of the same party for a Congressional seat. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Imagine looking out your window to see a drone hovering outside. That happened earlier this month to a partially-dressed Seattle woman who was startled and outraged. That incident came up Monday as a Washington state task force convened for the first time to develop privacy rules for drones – something Oregon and Idaho have already done. The Washington task force quickly narrowed its focus.

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