Washington State Legislature http://kuow.org en New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns, Tanning http://kuow.org/post/new-washington-laws-cover-college-aid-guns-tanning <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060914AJ_NewLaws_web_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The Real Hope Act is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday, 90 days after the Washington Legislature adjourned.<p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:50:54 +0000 Austin Jenkins 36107 at http://kuow.org New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns, Tanning McCleary Plaintiffs Want State Lawmakers Held In Contempt Of Court http://kuow.org/post/mccleary-plaintiffs-want-state-lawmakers-held-contempt-court <p>David Hyde talks to Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan about the progress state lawmakers have made on finding a way to fund public schools in Washington state. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:51:01 +0000 David Hyde & Amina Al-Sadi 35717 at http://kuow.org McCleary Plaintiffs Want State Lawmakers Held In Contempt Of Court Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate? http://kuow.org/post/midterm-elections-will-democrats-take-control-state-senate <p>Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats. Tue, 27 May 2014 22:27:59 +0000 Steve Scher & Cameron Drews 35313 at http://kuow.org Republicans Eye Pickups In State Legislatures; Northwest Impact Unclear http://kuow.org/post/republicans-eye-pickups-state-legislatures-northwest-impact-unclear <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/050514CL_gopstates_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Republican strategists are eyeing state legislatures this year in hopes of taking more control of the legislative process.<p> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:18:53 +0000 Chris Lehman 33958 at http://kuow.org Republicans Eye Pickups In State Legislatures; Northwest Impact Unclear Legislature's Report On Education Funding 'Highly Unlikely' To Satisfy Supreme Court http://kuow.org/post/legislatures-report-education-funding-highly-unlikely-satisfy-supreme-court <p></p><p>Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Ann Dornfeld about the Washington State Legislature's progress on fulfilling the state Supreme Court's education mandate.</p><p>Wednesday is the deadline for the Legislature's report on meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision on school funding.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:21:59 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 33610 at http://kuow.org Legislature's Report On Education Funding 'Highly Unlikely' To Satisfy Supreme Court Despite Deadline, Still No Education Funding Plan From Washington State Legislators http://kuow.org/post/despite-deadline-still-no-education-funding-plan-washington-state-legislators <p>The state Supreme Court will not get the K-12 education funding plan it demanded from the state Legislature by the end of April.</p><p>The court called for the plan in January after finding that state lawmakers had not made enough progress toward amply funding basic education as required by the state Constitution. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:01:01 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 33573 at http://kuow.org Despite Deadline, Still No Education Funding Plan From Washington State Legislators 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