Washington Senate

Senate Per Diem Raise
5:46 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber.
Credit Lincolnite / Wikimedia

Washington state senators are giving themselves a pay raise. They will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session, up from the current $90 a day.

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Washington Lobbyists
4:42 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Free Meal Complaint Against Lawmakers Dismissed, 'Serious Concerns' Remain

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:54 pm

An ethics panel in Washington has ruled that five Republican state senators did not violate Washington ethics law when they accepted dozens of free meals from lobbyists earlier this year.

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Historical Preservation
8:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Senator Murray Still Pressing For Historic Preservation Of Hanford Sites

Exterior view of the B Reactor in Hanford, Washington.
Credit notpsion

Senator Patty Murray is pressing legislation in the U.S. Senate that would make some historic sites at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington part of the national parks system. The Democrat toured the historic site of Hanford High School Thursday. The building was part of the town that was forcibly vacated to make way for the secretive Manhattan Project during World War II. Now, the remains of the building sit amid the brush near the Columbia River. Murray says she wants these sites preserved and available for public visits along with the more famous “B” Reactor.

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Washington Budget
5:08 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Washington Senate Passes Budget

Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 4:55 pm

The Washington Senate has passed a two-year operating budget on a 44 to 4 vote. It now goes to the House for debate.

The sudden momentum in Olympia Friday follows weeks of budget gridlock. But in order to find common ground, both the House and Senate gave up things they wanted. That included all but one tax exemption that Democrats proposed to repeal.

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Washington Legislative Session
4:41 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Washington Legislature Heads Into Fraught Home Stretch

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 4:17 pm

For the second time this week, minority Democrats in the Washington Senate have tried to force a vote on a controversial insurance measure that deals with abortion coverage. The parliamentary move Wednesday highlights partisan tensions as the deadline for adjournment approaches.

Democrat Karen Keiser led the effort to revive the so-called Reproductive Parity Act. On the floor of the Senate, she said the bill has enough votes to pass. “But," she said, "the Majority Caucus leadership has been not inclined to bring this bill to the floor.”

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Wash. Senator Ill
6:59 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Washington Senate Majority Could Be Imperiled By Sick Member

Republican Mike Carrell

The serious illness of a Washington state Senator could threaten to alter the balance of power in that legislative chamber. The majority is now potentially short a critical vote.

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Work Injuries
6:22 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Controversial Injured Workers Measures Pass Washington Senate

The new Republican-dominated majority in the Washington state Senate has approved a series of controversial measures that deal with injured workers. The votes Monday were a key test of the Majority Coalition’s one vote advantage. The most controversial of the proposed laws would lower the age when permanently injured workers are eligible to choose a lump sum insurance payout.

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Education Reform
4:57 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Washington Senate Democrats: GOP Pushing 'Cookie-Cutter' Education Reforms

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 4:59 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Democrats in the Washington Senate are on the attack over a series of Republican-backed education reform measures. At a news conference Friday, the Democrats accused Republicans of getting boilerplate legislation from a corporate-backed education foundation run by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Democrat Andy Billig serves on the Senate K-12 committee. He highlighted two specific proposals: letter grades for schools and holding back struggling third graders.

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College Bound
5:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Fight Brewing Over College Bound Scholarship

First it was Washington’s guaranteed tuition program. Now the new majority leader of the state Senate has another college access program in his budget-cutting sights: College Bound.

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Leaked Senate Report
4:07 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Democrats In Washington Senate Slam Majority For Leak Investigation

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:00 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The partisan fallout continues in the Washington state Senate over its response to how a controversial Republican senator treats staff. Minority Democrats took to the Senate floor Wednesday to accuse the new majority of caring more about who leaked a report about Senator Pam Roach than creating a safe workplace.

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