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Category: State Legislature
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

January 21, 2015 at 9:38 AM

State attorney general proposes to raise smoking age to 21

OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to announce a bill to raise the smoking age in Washington to 21 from 18. Most states have allow people to buy cigarettes once they reach 18, though in at least two states, Utah and New Jersey, the age is 19, according to Beverly May,…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, State Legislature | Topics: Bob Ferguson, cigarettes, smoking

January 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Drones, guns, minimum wage, ag-gag: things Republicans said today

OLYMPIA — Now that we’re into the second week of the legislative session, lawmakers are digging into various issues. GOP members of the House and Senate held forth on a bunch of issues Tuesday at a media availability. 1. On bills that would raise the minimum wage (SB 5285, HB 1355), Republican Deputy Leader Sen. Jon…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: agriculture, drones, guns

January 20, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Another Democrat switches parties to run for Federal Way legislative seat

Updated, 4:24 p.m.: Read more here about Moore’s quire-recent (2013) change on the issue of abortion.   Updated at 12:38 p.m. with comments from Carol Gregory: In what is becoming a pattern in the Federal Way-area’s 30th Legislative District, a Democrat has switched parties to run for the state Legislature as a Republican. Federal Way City Councilmember Martin…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: 30th legislative district, Carol Gregory, Martin Moore

January 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Homelessness 3 times more likely among state’s black, Native American kids

OLYMPIA — As speakers and protesters here celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some sobering new numbers are out on student homelessness in Washington state. Black and Native American K-12 students in Washington state are three times more likely to be homeless than white students, according to numbers by the state Office of Superintendent of Public…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: homelessness, McCleary decision, washington low-income housing alliance

January 17, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Tax fights, subversive acts, State of the State: your week in review

It’s been a head-spinning week keeping up with the tangled-web problems and solutions that lawmakers began fiddling with in Olympia during the 2015 state Legislature’s first week. Here’s what happened: 1. Senate Republicans add big hurdle for new taxes 2. State at critical crossroads, Inslee tells split lawmakers 3. Republican Rep. Manweller on why he dissed Supreme Court at Inslee’s speech 4. Bill…

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Comments | More in Governor, Minimum wage, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, guns, Jay Inslee

January 17, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Lawmakers aim to combat patent ‘trolls’ with new bill

OLYMPIA — Homebuilders in Washington say they are being inundated with letters claiming patent infringement for the simple process of using fans and dehumidifiers to dry out a home after it has been framed. Radio stations are being threatened with lawsuits for how they store music on hard drives and then process it for broadcast. Both groups…

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January 15, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Bills to raise minimum wage, require paid sick days introduced in Olympia

OLYMPIA — Washington already has the highest minimum wage of any state in the country, but a packed hearing room at the Capitol was filled with supporters of a new minimum-wage bill saying it’s just not high enough. “Income inequality is as  bad as it has been since my grandmother was a small girl in 1929,”…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: minimum wage, paid sick leave, Washington Legislature

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