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April 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Key lawmaker: Abortion-insurance bill won’t get a vote in the Senate

OLYMPIA — One of the most contentious social issues of the 2013 legislative session won’t get a vote in the state Senate Health Care Committee, the chairwoman announced Monday afternoon. The so-called Reproductive Parity Act, which narrowly passed the Democrat-controlled state House on a party-line vote in February, would require health-insurance plans to cover abortions. Supporters…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Randi Becker, Reproductive Parity Act, rodney tom

March 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

State Senate OKs bills for grading schools and letting principals veto teacher placement

OLYMPIA — The state Senate narrowly approved two contentious education policy bills Wednesday after a heated debate. The bills, to give A-F letter grades to schools and to give principals a veto in teacher placements, are top Republican priorities but are strongly opposed by Democrats. The letter grades passed 26-23, while the principal veto passed 27-22 —…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: education, John Smith, McCleary

February 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Effort to re-overhaul teacher evaluations dead in Legislature

Unlike in two previous sessions, it looks like lawmakers this year will not significantly change the way public-school teachers are evaluated. Senate Bill 5246, this session’s major proposal dealing with teacher evaluations, did not get approved at the last Senate education committee meeting of the week on Thursday night. Today is technically — with some exceptions…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: rodney tom, Steve Hobbs, steve litzow

January 30, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Senate panel considers holding back third graders and grading school performance

OLYMPIA — A state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday about a trio of bills that would shake up public education in Washington state. The bills, a mix of specific policies and broader accountability measures, were the first significant education measures introduced this session by Republican lawmakers, who — for the first time in many years — control…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: education, education reform, McCleary decision

January 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

New bill in Olympia would give letter grade to schools, reward ‘A’ earners

This post has been updated to reflect a pending amendment to the bill and to include a comment from House education committee Chairwoman Sharon Tomiko Santos. Republicans in the state Senate introduced a bill Monday morning that would assign a letter grade — A, B, C, D or F — to each public school based on the…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, education, grading

January 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM

So much for avoiding social issues: Abortion coverage back on table

Although Senate Republicans vowed not to get bogged down by social issues in the upcoming legislative session, a big one is primed to smack them in the face. State Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, plans to reintroduce legislation that would require health-insurance plans covering maternity care to also pay for abortions. The Legislature goes into session…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: legislature, Reproductive Parity Act, rodney tom

October 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Friday briefing: Debating the debates; new Inslee ad featuring the Big Dog

Happy Friday, Everyone The debates: So admit it, you watched both debates. You have no known life. I did, too. Who won the vice-presidential debate? And, if you don’t like that question, Who made the case for the Democratic or Republican ticket? The whole idea of a vice-presidential debate, of course, is to figure out which…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: debates, Jay Inslee, Joe Biden