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Category: State government
April 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom drops re-election bid

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of that chamber, told colleagues Monday morning that he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom, 50, a polarizing figure who started his career as a Republican before becoming a Democrat and then switching his caucus allegiances, cited health…


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April 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Gov. Inslee orders higher heating aid to block food-stamp cuts

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday said Washington will increase monthly heating assistance for low-income families to get around a new federal rule that threatened $70 million in annual food-stamp benefits. Washington joins seven other states that have already tweaked the so-called “heat and eat” formula in response to a Republican-authored provision in the…


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April 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM

PDC survey: Put politicians’ financial disclosures online?

In a move that some government transparency watchdogs say is long overdue, the state Public Disclosure Commission is considering whether to post the personal financial affairs statements of elected officials and political candidates online. The disclosures, known as F1s, list the investments, assets and income sources of elected officials and candidates. That’s so the public can…


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April 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Lands Commissioner Goldmark refuses to talk about logging above Oso slope

By Seattle Times staff reporter Mike Baker Washington state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark refused to answer questions today about how his agency managed logging near a slope that collapsed near Oso in Snohomish County. Reached on his cell phone about 5:40 p.m., Goldmark also declined to answer questions about what the agency was doing to review…


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April 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Inslee vetoes drone bill

The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that would have placed new regulations on police use of drones in Washington state. The News Tribune reports the governor also announced Friday he will prevent state agencies from buying or using the technology for the next 15 months. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill…


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April 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Cathy Dahlquist to challenge Pam Roach for state Senate

Update | 3 p.m. Democrat Jonathon Dunn, who had been challenging Roach, announced Wednesday afternoon he will instead run for the state House seat being vacated by Dahlquist. Original post State Rep. Cathy Dahlquist announced Tuesday night she will challenge fellow Republican state Sen. Pam Roach this fall, setting up a rare battle between two lawmakers of the…


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April 1, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Inslee signs bills to add state developmental-disability services

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation to start to reduce a massive backlog of developmentally-disabled residents waiting for state help. Senate Bill 6387, sponsored by Redmond Republican Andy Hill, and House Bill 2746, sponsored by Lakewood Democrat Tami Green, are expected to together give services to some 5,000 families through a new program…


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March 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

State Sen. Don Benton considers $150,000 “litter fee” for The Columbian

State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has come under intense scrutiny from his local newspaper, The Columbian, especially since he landed a six-figure job as head of Clark County’s environmental services department. The paper has reported aggressively on Benton’s business background, his questionable job qualifications and recently revealed he was being paid for…


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March 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Lawmakers OK bill to seal ‘great majority’ of juvenile court records

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers have struck a compromise on a long-debated bill that would eventually lead to the sealing of “the great majority” of ¬†juvenile court records, in the words of the proposal’s biggest supporter. The state House voted 97-1 on Tuesday morning to approve an amended version of House Bill 1651, after¬† a unanimous…


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March 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Proposal advances on real estate fee to support homeless

State lawmakers are still arguing about whether to extend a surcharge fee used to fund homeless services — and for how long. The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday approved Senate Bill 5875, which would extend by one year a $40 fee for recording real estate documents and include provisions to benefit private landlords….


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