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February 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM

GOP lawmaker denies global warming as Inslee climate bill advances

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to cap state carbon emissions and impose $1 billion a year in new charges on oil refineries, aluminum smelters and other top polluters passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, clearing the state House Environment Committee on a party-line vote. Much of the debate centered on GOP amendments that sought to soften the…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: cap and trade, global warming, gov. jay inslee

February 10, 2015 at 3:15 PM

WSU to lawmakers: medical school won’t face religious limits

Washington State University has offered written assurances to state lawmakers that training at its proposed medical school won’t be limited by partnerships with religiously affiliated hospitals. Such concerns, raised by Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, had briefly delayed a committee vote on a bill authorizing the medical school. Pollet said he worried WSU’s proposed school model, which will…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Rep. Gerry Pollet, reproductive health care, WSU Medical School

February 9, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Lawmakers air their own beefs with ethics investigations

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen took his grievances with the state’s ethics-investigations process to a Senate panel Monday, where he got a sympathetic hearing from some state senators who’ve faced their own ethics complaints. As we wrote for Monday’s paper, Owen remains steamed at a $15,000 fine he received last year as part of a settlement with the…


Comments | More in Attorney General, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Executive Ethics Board, Lt. Governor Brad Owen, State Sen. Don Benton

February 6, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Worries about religious hospitals snag WSU medical-school bill

OLYMPIA — A  bill authorizing Washington State University to open its own medical school in Spokane has hit a snag following a Seattle legislator’s demand that the school promise to not limit its teaching based on the beliefs of religious-affiliated hospitals. The WSU proposal (House Bill 1559) has broad bipartisan support, with 65 co-sponsors. It…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: medical school, Rep. Gerry Pollet, university of washington

February 2, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Abortion foes push parental notification, personhood bills

OLYMPIA — With Democrats in control of the state House and governor’s office, there is little chance serious restrictions on women’s right to abortion will be passed into law this year. Abortion opponents haven’t stopped pushing. Last week, 13 House Republicans introduced a so-called “personhood” bill (HB 1687) that would bestow full constitutional rights to zygotes “at…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: abortion, parental notification, Sen. Mike Padden

January 29, 2015 at 5:08 PM

$12 minimum-wage bill advances after fiery debate

OLYMPIA — A bill to boost the state minimum wage to $12-an-hour over four years passed out of a House committee Thursday, but not before an opposed GOP lawmaker ripped minimum-wage activists as entitled in a “kids-these-days” diatribe. Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, the ranking Republican on the House Labor Committee, argued low-wage workers need to…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: minimum wage, Rep. Matt Manweller, Rep. Mike Sells

January 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Unions, earthlings and Seahawks: things Inslee said Thursday

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee held his weekly news conference with reporters Thursday and answered questions about union contracts, his proposal to curb carbon pollution, and, of course, the Seahawks. Here are some highlights: 1. Inslee said he had a “five corners” breakfast meeting with leaders of all four legislative caucuses Thursday morning and came away optimistic that Republicans and…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State government | Topics: gov. jay inslee, seahawks, state

January 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Inslee climate bill gets first hearing today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed cap-and-trade bill will get its first public hearing before state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon. A hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in the House Environment Committee. The hearing will be live-streamed by TVW. House Bill 1314 seeks to set a statewide cap on carbon emissions and requires most of the largest polluters…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: cap and trade, climate change, gov. jay inslee

January 26, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Democrats re-elect Jaxon Ravens as state chair

The state Democratic Party has re-elected Jaxon Ravens as party chair for another two years. Ravens, first elected party chair in 2014, was unanimously re-elected at a party central committee meeting Saturday in Olympia, according to a news release. Ravens is a longtime Democratic Party leader, having served as the party’s executive director for nine…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jaxon Ravens, State Democratic Party

January 23, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Proposal would improve disclosure of legislators’ finances

At the request of the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), a bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a bill aimed at improving disclosure of personal finances of state legislators and other state officials. Senate Bill 5308 would fix one longstanding flaw in the personal financial disclosure forms (known as F1s) by requiring a more accurate accounting…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: personal financial disclosures, Public Disclosure Commission

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