King County Council

Public Transportation
3:08 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Bob Pishue of the Washington Policy Center about the upcoming ballot measure where King County voters will decide whether to raise taxes and fees to fund King County Metro bus service and road improvements. The special election will be held April 22.

Transportation
9:39 am
Wed January 15, 2014

King County Leaders: Raise Taxes To Pay For Buses, Roads

From left, King County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Larry Phillips, Jane Hague and Joe McDermott prepare for a press conference. The poster behind them lists targeted bus routes.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Political leaders in King County want voters to help stave off drastic cuts to Metro bus service.

On Tuesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed raising car tab fees, sales taxes and bus fares. The money would pay for transit service and road maintenance.

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Elections 2013
5:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

What's The Future Of The King County Council?

KUOW/Kara McDermott

Seattle Times political reporter Emily Hefter tells The Record's Steve Scher what's hot (and what's not) in this year's three contested races for King County Council. 

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Public Indecency Laws
11:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

King County Bans Public Urination And Defecation (Yes, It Was Still Legal)

County Councilmember Lambert says if you have "to go" and there's no public restroom, find a tree.
Flickr Photo/Rick Webb

Updated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

And until Monday night in unincorporated King County, going in public was allowed. That's when the council voted to ban public urination and defecation and to fine violators $125. The new rule doesn't apply to those younger than 12.  

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Immigration Enforcement
11:31 am
Wed July 24, 2013

King County Pushes Back On Federal Immigration Hold Policy

A proposal in King County aims to rein in how much access federal immigration authorities have at the county jail. A council committee held its first public meeting on the measure Tuesday.

Several counties in other states have already adopted similar policies, with mixed public reaction.

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Cash For Politicians
11:17 am
Thu June 27, 2013

King County Councilmembers Can Now Take Contributions For Office Expenses

The King County Council has approved new legislation allowing elected county officials to collect money from anyone at any time — even when contributors have business before the county.

Officials will be able to set up an office fund to pay things related to their jobs, but not part of their pay: like travel, dining, office supplies and other expenses not covered by public funds. Contributors will be able to put up to $1,000 into the office funds every four years.

Ross Reynolds talks with Erica Barnett, news editor for Seattle Met’s political blog Publicola, about what this means for King County Council’s transparency.

Reducing Immigration Holds
4:41 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Proposal Seeks To Shrink King County Role In Immigration Enforcement

King County council members on Thursday introduced a measure that would limit when unauthorized immigrants can be held in jail.

Every year, hundreds of people booked into King County jail automatically get handed over to immigration authorities. That's even if the person has not yet been convicted of a crime and has no criminal record. Council member Larry Gosset introduced legislation that would change that.

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Election 2012
1:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ferguson Takes Lead Over Dunn For Attorney General

Democrat Bob Ferguson celebrates his lead in the race for Washington Attorney General.
Credit Deborah Wang

Two members of the King County Council waged an aggressive battle for the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Initial results show Democrat Bob Ferguson with a nearly six-point lead. His opponent, Republican Reagan Dunn, says he’s still “in the hunt.”

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