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The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

Category: State government
February 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Inslee addresses poison pills, oil trains, e-cigarettes and Bertha’s progress

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the supplement budget Thursday, before taking questions from media. Here are some things he said: 1. Bertha crawls again. “We’re looking forward to continued movement,” Inslee said. “People have to understand, there’s going to have to be a lot of work on this machine to keep it operable … there’s a long ways…

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February 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Bill would nix Seattle minimum wage, but raise it statewide more than inflation

OLYMPIA – The debate over raising the statewide minimum wage has largely revolved around dependable partisan arguments: up-by-the-bootstraps Republicans saying it isn’t necessary or that it would kill businesses and Democrats bent on fixing income inequality. Enter Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, a former Democrat, with what he calls a “grand compromise.” Miloscia dropped a bill Tuesday, More

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February 17, 2015 at 7:11 AM

House committee considers bill to limit vaccine exemptions

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A House committee held a public hearing on a bill that would remove philosophical opposition as an acceptable reason for parents to not vaccinate their school-age children, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change. The bill, sponsored by Rep. June Robinson, was heard before the House Health Care &…

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February 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM

State House takes on scalpers; OKs bill banning ticket bots

OLYMPIA — The state House has unanimously passed a bill to outlaw ticket bots — computer software that beats humans trying to buy seats online for concerts and sporting events. House Bill 1091 passed the chamber Monday and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The measure, requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, makes it a…

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February 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Transportation, climate bill, Oso medals: your political week in review

The big Olympia news this week was that Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate came together on the beginnings for an agreement on a statewide transportation package. That and other doings: 1. State Senate transportation plan includes phasing in new gas tax. 2. Meanwhile, GOP senators introduce bill that would ban money for Bertha tunnel cost overruns. 3. Lawmaker called…

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February 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Vaping, transportation and the Pasco shooting: things Inslee said Thursday

Flanked by doctors, lawmakers and education professionals, Gov. Jay Inslee made a brief argument Thursday for regulating electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping devices, before taking his weekly questions from media. Highlights: 1. The Senate will issue a statewide transportation proposal Thursday afternoon — funded by a gas tax (not Inslee’s carbon-polluter proposal). But the governor wasn’t saying much, other…

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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…

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

February 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Guns, money and marijuana: things Republicans said Tuesday

By this post’s title, you’d think we were in a sordid film. But really we were in the House Republican Caucus room for the GOP’s weekly media availability. Notable highlights: 1. Several bills to change the gun purchase background-check expansion, the recently passed Initiative 594, were heard Monday in committee hearings. But Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, said they aren’t likely to…

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Comments | More in Marijuana, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, judy warnick

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…

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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…

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

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