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February 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Bill to abolish death penalty doesn’t pass out of committee

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state isn’t moving forward in the Legislature this year. House Bill 1739, which received a public hearing this week, was scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, but it was not brought up for a vote on the last day…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: death penalty, Legislature

March 14, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Friday Memo: Legislature session wraps up … purple haze … beyond fusion

The Washington legislative session wrapped up Thursday night. State lawmakers finished their two-month session by passing an operating budget that slightly increased state spending and then heading home without dealing with a plethora of other major issues. Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett, described it as “a treading-water session.” “It may just be the reality of…


Comments | Topics: fusion food, Jimi Hendrix, kaisho

March 14, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Legislature passes bill to allow hash sales

The Associated Press Washington state’s Legislature has passed a bill to allow sales of marijuana concentrates like hash oil at state-licensed pot shops. House Bill 2304 also tweaks Washington’s legal marijuana law to allow marijuana processors to sell to other processors. For example, a processor who specializes in making marijuana extracts could provide those to bakers who…


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January 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Wash. explores ads to support state parks

OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington officials say advertising could help the state parks system generate much-needed revenue. The Everett Herald reports that the Legislature is considering bills that would start generating revenue from advertising on the agency website. There won’t be any billboards or corporate displays in parks anytime soon, and Republican Sen. Kirk Pearson says officials…


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May 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Advocacy groups file initiative to put charter schools on November ballot

A coalition of education advocacy groups filed an initiative this afternoon to ask voters once again to allow charter schools in Washington state. If the groups can collect nearly 250,000 signatures by the July 6 deadline, the issue will go on the November ballot, joining a slew of other high-profile questions. It would be the fourth time…


Comments | More in Education, Government | Topics: ballot initiative, charter schools, education

April 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

One-time gifts from Legislature to Seattle schools: $11.4 million

Remember that $3 million gift to Seattle Public Schools that earned headlines in February after showing up in the state House’s proposed budget in early February? It turns out that most of that money made it into the Legislature’s final budget, and was joined by an additional $9.4 million allocation for Seattle school construction projects. In all,…


Comments | More in Education, Government | Topics: budget, David Frockt, Eric Pettigrew

February 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Medical marijuana bill appears dead in Olympia

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana dispensary-like operations appears to have died in Olympia, ending yet another effort to clearly define the legal status of the storefront operations ubiquitous in Seattle and Tacoma. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said she had enough votes in the state Senate to pass the proposal, but it did not survive…


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February 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

State Senate passes compromise teacher evaluation bill

The Washington Senate this afternoon overwhelmingly passed a compromise bill to change how the state’s public school teachers are evaluated. The legislation, approved 46-3, has been the subject of intense debate over the past few weeks, including days of negotiations moderated by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Substitute Senate Bill 5895 represents a compromise between the business community, Republicans…


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January 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Legislators ask DEA to reclassify marijuana

A bipartisan group of 42 state lawmakers signed a letter asking the DEA to reschedule marijuana to a classification that could allow it be prescribed and sold in pharmacies. The letter and a joint House-Senate resolution introduced yesterday piggy-back on Gov. Chris Gregoire’s existing petition to reschedule marijuana, which is also supported by a…


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