Washington State Legislature http://kuow.org en Tom Steps Down, Boeing Moves Jobs Out Of Washington, And Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up http://kuow.org/post/tom-steps-down-boeing-moves-jobs-out-washington-and-minimum-wage-debate-heats <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Washington state Senator Rodney Tom announced his decision to <a href="http://kuow.org/post/washington-senate-majority-leader-tom-wont-seek-re-election">not seek re-election</a> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this week, how does his departure change the dynamic in the legislature. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, Boeing is shipping nearly 2,000 engineering and research jobs out of the state. After the big push for friendly tax breaks for the company, is this a betrayal?&nbsp;</span></p><p>Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:29:52 +0000 Steve Scher & Jason Pagano 32802 at http://kuow.org Tom Steps Down, Boeing Moves Jobs Out Of Washington, And Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up Washington Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals http://kuow.org/post/washington-ethics-board-consider-crackdown-lobbyist-paid-meals <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/041514AJ_LobbyistDining_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>By next January, Washington lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists.<p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:44:10 +0000 Austin Jenkins 32643 at http://kuow.org Washington Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals Washington Senate Majority Leader Tom Won't Seek Re-Election http://kuow.org/post/washington-senate-majority-leader-tom-wont-seek-re-election <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/041414AJ_TomGone_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.<p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:04:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins 32572 at http://kuow.org Washington Senate Majority Leader Tom Won't Seek Re-Election Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase http://kuow.org/post/washington-senate-panel-approves-30-diem-increase <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032514AJ_PerDiem_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington state Senators are giving themselves a pay raise. They will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session -- up from the current $90 a day.<p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:48:14 +0000 Austin Jenkins 31292 at http://kuow.org Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase How One Washington Doctor Changed The Course Of Flame Retardants http://kuow.org/post/how-one-washington-doctor-changed-course-flame-retardants <p>David Hyde talks with investigative reporter Sam Roe at the Chicago Tribune about the <a href="http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/flames/index.html">series on flame retardants</a> and how one Washington doctor changed the debate.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:26:51 +0000 David Hyde & Hannah Burn 31024 at http://kuow.org How One Washington Doctor Changed The Course Of Flame Retardants How Gun Bills Fared In The 2014 Legislative Session http://kuow.org/post/how-gun-bills-fared-2014-legislative-session <p>David Hyde checks in with KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about what happened with gun-related proposals during this legislative session.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:25:03 +0000 David Hyde & Christine Streich 30878 at http://kuow.org How Gun Bills Fared In The 2014 Legislative Session District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools http://kuow.org/post/district-rescinds-planned-staffing-cuts-seattle-schools <p>Seattle Public Schools has rescinded staffing cuts it planned to make at schools across the district.<br /><br />Superintendent Jose Banda said after analyzing the supplemental budget the Legislature passed last week, the district won’t need to reduce the hours of many secretaries, counselors and other employees. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:45:44 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 30813 at http://kuow.org District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools Education Advocate Reacts To State Legislature's Shortcomings http://kuow.org/post/education-advocate-reacts-state-legislatures-shortcomings <p>Marcie Sillman checks in with Nick Brossoit, Edmonds School District superintendent and president of the <a href="http://waschoolexcellence.org/">Network for Excellence in Washington Schools</a> (NEWS), about the Washington State Legislature's failure to meet goals for public education funding during this past session. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:58:22 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Christine Streich 30729 at http://kuow.org Education Advocate Reacts To State Legislature's Shortcomings Washington Governor 'Surprised' Medical Marijuana Regulation Failed http://kuow.org/post/washington-governor-surprised-medical-marijuana-regulation-failed <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031414AJ_Inslee_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he’s surprised and disappointed medical marijuana regulation died in the state legislature this year.<p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:14:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins 30668 at http://kuow.org Washington Governor 'Surprised' Medical Marijuana Regulation Failed Medical Pot, Minimum Wage, And Lawmakers Wrap Up In Olympia http://kuow.org/post/medical-pot-minimum-wage-and-lawmakers-wrap-olympia <p><a href="http://kuow.org/post/washington-legislature-adjourns-no-action-medical-marijuana-gas-tax">State lawmakers adjourn in Olympia</a>, <a href="http://kuow.org/post/its-complicated-small-business-and-its-employees-struggle-minimum-wage-debate">Seattle's $15 minimum wage</a> gets more scrutiny and <a href="http://kuow.org/post/zach-galifianakis-interviews-president-obama">President Obama tries comedy</a> to pitch the Affordable Care Act to young Americans.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve </span>Scher<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reviews these stories and more with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni </span>Balter<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Crosscut's Knute Berger and </span>Livewire<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> host</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Luke Burbank.</span> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:38:35 +0000 Steve Scher & Jason Pagano 30578 at http://kuow.org Medical Pot, Minimum Wage, And Lawmakers Wrap Up In Olympia Legislature Fails To Pass Medical Pot Regulations, Despite Feds' Warning http://kuow.org/post/legislature-fails-pass-medical-pot-regulations-despite-feds-warning <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, about the state failing to pass medical pot regulations and what the federal government might do about it. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:56:17 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 30547 at http://kuow.org Legislature Fails To Pass Medical Pot Regulations, Despite Feds' Warning Washington Legislature Adjourns With No Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax http://kuow.org/post/washington-legislature-adjourns-no-action-medical-marijuana-gas-tax <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031314AJ_SessionAdjourns_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington legislature adjourned its 60-day session just before midnight Thursday night.</span><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:16:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins 30528 at http://kuow.org Washington Legislature Adjourns With No Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax Some States Working To Negate Federal Food Stamp Cutbacks http://kuow.org/post/some-states-working-negate-federal-food-stamp-cutbacks <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031314TB_HeatEat_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In Olympia, Washington policymakers are pondering whether to make an end run around looming cutbacks in the federally-funded food stamp program.<p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Tom Banse 30531 at http://kuow.org Some States Working To Negate Federal Food Stamp Cutbacks Washington Legislature Strikes Budget Deal http://kuow.org/post/washington-legislature-strikes-budget-deal <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031314AJ_BudgetDeal_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In a new budget deal, Washington public schools will get nearly an additional $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year.<p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:01:07 +0000 Austin Jenkins 30534 at http://kuow.org Washington Legislature Strikes Budget Deal Washington Legislature Passes Bill To Allow Human Trafficking Victims To Clear Record http://kuow.org/post/washington-legislature-passes-bill-allow-human-trafficking-victims-clear-record <p>A new human trafficking bill passed the state Legislature Monday that will allow victims who were forced into prostitution to clear their records of prostitution charges.</p><p>Removing one conviction has already been the law for a couple years. But now, a victim is able to get more than one charge vacated. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:32:11 +0000 Sara Lerner 30363 at http://kuow.org Washington Legislature Passes Bill To Allow Human Trafficking Victims To Clear Record