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February 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Plan would fund bill pushed by parents of mentally ill Seattle man

OLYMPIA — A budget proposal unveiled Wednesday by state House Democrats would put $10 million toward making it easier to involuntarily commit mentally ill residents. The money would fund 48 new mental-health treatment beds and three new intensive outpatient treatment teams. It is directly aimed at House Bill 2725, which was pushed by the parents…

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0 Comments | More in State budget, State Legislature | Topics: andy hill, Joel Reuter, mental health

March 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

House Republicans hope to put $556 million more into education

OLYMPIA — State House Republicans unveiled an education budget proposal Thursday that would increase K-12 spending by $556 million without raising taxes over the next two years. The budget would dedicate $817 million to respond to a state Supreme Court order to increase basic education funding, including by expanding full-day kindergarten, reducing class sizes in kindergarten…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: budget, education, Gary Alexander

March 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Cutoff passes without vote on universal background checks

OLYMPIA — A key deadline came and went here on Wednesday afternoon, taking with it an opportunity many saw as this session’s best chance for expanding background checks for gun sales. House Bill 1588, a much-discussed priority of gun-control advocates, did not come up for a vote in the state House before 5 p.m., the cutoff…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Newtown, Nick Hanauer