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Category: State government
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…

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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…

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

January 28, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Which GOP lawmakers got donations from state-worker unions

UPDATED 8:09 P.M.: A spokesman for Service Employees International Union 775 guided me to a few additional donations that union made, so I updated their chart to include those. ORIGINAL POST: OLYMPIA — We wrote a story for Wednesday about Republican Party lawmakers’ skepticism over state-employee raises legislators will approve, deny or disregard this session, which comes in More

Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Brian Dansel, Pam Roach, Services Employees International Union

January 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM

Openly carried weapons banned in Capitol public hearings

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A decision to ban openly carried weapons in the House and Senate public viewing areas at the Washington state Capitol also applies to the public hearing rooms at the nearby legislative office buildings. Officials from both chambers on Wednesday told The Associated Press that that the decision made earlier this month addressing…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: Capitol, legislature, open carry

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…

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

January 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM

GOP senators’ bill to kill Bertha and tunnel project goes nowhere

UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, Tuesday afternoon announced that the bill to stop the Highway 99 tunnel project and tunnel drill Bertha would not get a hearing in the state Senate. “While I understand my colleagues’ concerns regarding the Seattle tunnel project, a bill to shut down a project of this size is not realistic,” said King, who…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: bertha, doug ericksen, Michael Baumgartner

January 26, 2015 at 11:47 AM

The light bulb freedom movement comes to Olympia

OLYMPIA – Just when you started getting bored by all the budget talk down here comes the Washington state incandescent light bulb freedom act. If light bulb freedom rings a bell for you, recall in 2008 and 2011 a movement by then-Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., calling on the federal government to stop telling people what light bulbs they can…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, light bulb, Rep. Elizabeth Scott

January 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Mascots, pot reform, political retirees: your politics week in review

While you were obsessing over the State of the Union or Deflategate, Washington state politics moved forward. Here’s what you may have missed: 1. Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen to retire 2. Truth Needle: GOP leader is right, Inslee polluter list tags UW, WSU 3. On Muslim Lobby Day, Muslim residents march through…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Marijuana, Minimum wage, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Nick Licata, Susan Hutchison

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…

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

January 21, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Bill would allow Seattle mayor to tap two school board members

A state lawmaker has proposed new legislation that would give the mayor of Seattle the power to appoint two members of the Seattle School Board. The bill will likely prove controversial. Under current law, the board has seven members, each elected to represent a different geographic region within Seattle. The legislation introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, would allow a school board…

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Comments | More in Local government, State government, State Legislature | Topics: education, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle School Board

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