Washington

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a four-year suspension of a voter-approved class size measure. He also signed a two-year delay of a biology test graduation requirement on Tuesday. One rural school superintendent says it makes sense to hold off on these two policies.

Washington Pot Law Marks One Year

Jul 8, 2015
Dank Depot/FLIKR

Wednesday marks the first year of recreational marijuana in Washington state. Sales so far have exceeded $250 million.  And the state made more than $65 million in taxes.

Beyond the tax money, Washington state has been able to prevent youth access to marijuana. It's also stopped the product from being diverted to the black market.

That’s according to Brian Smith, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

“If you judge Washington by that measure, I would say that we’ve been very successful in creating the rules that govern that system,” says Smith.

Washington Senate Republicans have agreed to suspend a biology exam requirement that’s keeping nearly 2,000 high school students from graduating.

Billionaire Paul Allen wants wildlife traffickers to feel a bit more pain. Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman wants state lawmakers to feel a bit of pain too.

By Tom Banse

The first U.S. Open golf championship to be staged in the Northwest hasn’t even teed off. Yet the director of the U.S. Golf Association says it’s already achieved one goal. That is to stir up interest in golf in the Pacific Northwest. 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose says he’s also picked up a “good buzz” from the spectator galleries.

Accused criminals in Washington could be required to pay thousands of dollars for drug and alcohol monitoring while they await trial.

It’s not just Washington state agencies that are preparing for a possible government shutdown on July 1. Washington House and Senate administrators will meet Wednesday to discuss contingency planning.

Budget negotiators continue to meet at the Washington capitol, but there’s still no deal on a spending plan for the next two years.

Ingrid Taylar

A wild collection of sail and paddle-powered boats has assembled in Port Townsend, Washington for the inaugural Race to Alaska. The 750-mile adventure race from Puget Sound to Ketchikan begins at dawn Thursday. Among the 33 teams entered is a 6-person outrigger canoe. Mackenzie Punter is with that Victoria-based crew, named Team Soggy Beavers.

Dan Perry

Earlier this year, Pierce County offered free U.S. Open tickets to some Washington state lawmakers.

The county is hosting the golf championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course later this month.

Many have scoffed at the idea state lawmakers could go to the U.S. Open for free, especially before they reach a budget deal.

Each ticket is worth more than double the amount lawmakers are allowed to accept in gifts.

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