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Category: State Legislature
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 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…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: State Sen. Don Benton, The Columbian

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…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: juvenile records, Ruth Kagi, Steve O'Ban

March 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Compromise offered on real-estate fee to support homeless programs

Senate Republicans have introduced a compromise over a fee that funds housing services for the state’s homeless, but some say the proposal isn’t enough. State Senate and House lawmakers announced last week that House Bill 2368 would get a pass on the normal deadline for bills, giving themselves an extra week to work on the…


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March 6, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Bill that would take guns from domestic abusers goes to Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA — The state Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a bill to force residents to temporarily surrender their firearms while under restraining and protection orders. The proposal now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee, an enthusiastic supporter. House Bill 1840‘s unanimous Senate approval belied the difficult path the proposal has traveled since being introduced last year in…


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March 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Unanimous support not enough for stalled veteran’s bill

OLYMPIA — Welcome to your state government, where a piece of legislation that has won the support of Gov. Jay Inslee and every single member of the Legislature may nonetheless die this week because of political squabbling. Specifically, it appears the Republican-run Senate and Democrat-led House are each holding up the bill, which would give in-state tuition…


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March 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Former Democratic lawmaker running for state Senate as Republican

OLYMPIA — Mark Miloscia, who served for 14 years as a Democrat in the state House, announced Wednesday he is running for the state Senate as a Republican. Miloscia, who left the House when he ran unsuccessfully for state auditor in 2012, is challenging fourth-term Democrat Tracey Eide in South King County’s 30th district. His entrance should make…


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