Washington State Legislature

News From Olympia
6:30 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Washington State Ethics Ruling Could Lower Bar For Foreign Trips

Washington state Senator Pam Roach appears on Azerbaijani television during a trip in May to strengthen relations between the U.S. and Azerbaijan.

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 7:54 am

A Washington lawmaker’s trip to the Middle East in 2013 was legitimate legislative travel -- not an illegal junket.

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Wine And Dine
6:54 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Washington Ethics Board Adopts 12 Meals-Per-Year Cap For Lawmakers

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 3:38 pm

Starting in January, Washington lawmakers will be barred from accepting more than 12 lobbyist-paid meals per year.

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11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Washington State Employees Negotiate First Pay Raises In 6 Years

File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:05 pm

Washington state employees have not had a cost-of-living raise in six years. But that could change in the next budget cycle.

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Education Funding
2:09 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Rules State Legislature In Contempt

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Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the Washington Supreme Court's ruling that finds the Legislature in contempt for failing to fund basic education.

Week In Review
2:09 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

School And Seahawks Are In, But Who’s On The Outs This Week?

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School is back in session. Washington state lawmakers are not in session, but they were still in the principal's office this week. Also in trouble: bikini baristas and Christopher Columbus. Bill Radke discusses it all with Joni Balter, Knute Berger, Essex Porter and Luke Burbank.

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K-12 Funding
8:18 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Inslee Scolds Legislature On School Funding, But Cautions Court On Sanctions

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks to reporters at a Capitol news conference Thursday, September 4.

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 4:00 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the legislature has not “acted appropriately” in the face of the McCleary decision on school funding. But he cautioned the state Supreme Court Thursday not to impose sanctions that would penalize other areas of state government.

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Education Funding
8:23 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Washington Justices Weigh Contempt, Sanctions Against State

Members of the McCleary family, who sued the state of Washington over school funding, answer questions from the media on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court.

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 4:58 pm

  The Washington Supreme Court has heard the arguments. Now it must decide whether to hold the state in contempt for failing to submit a complete plan to fully fund schools.

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K-12 Funding
2:58 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

McCleary Showdown: How Lawmakers Might Be Punished By State Supreme Court

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle attorney Phil Talmadge about the ongoing showdown between the State Supreme Court and the Washington State Legislature over funding K-12 education. Talmadge is a former state supreme court justice and a former state senator.

McCleary Decision
2:20 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State Supreme Court To Consider Punishing Lawmakers Over Eductation Funding

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Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the ongoing showdown between the Washington State Supreme Court and state lawmakers over funding public education.

2:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

How Are We Going To Pay For Ferry Improvements?

A new ferry under construction.
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Marcie Sillman talks with State Senator Curtis King about how to fund the expensive Washington ferry system. King, a Republican from Yakima, is co-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Election Returns
3:18 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

A Look Ahead To Fall's Congressional And State Legislative Campaigns

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Ross Reynolds talks with Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network about what the August primary election returns say about this fall's state legislative races. Also, Reynolds talks with political strategist Randy Pepple about what the August 5 primary election means for Republicans.

Election Returns
7:50 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates Enjoy Strong Showing In Washington Primary

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:22 am

Democrats may face an uphill battle in their bid to win back the Washington state Senate. Early primary election returns Tuesday night showed Republicans polling well in several key districts.

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200 New Laws
7:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns, Tanning

The Washington state capitol building.
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Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:53 pm

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.

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State-Funded Education
2:51 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

McCleary Plaintiffs Want State Lawmakers Held In Contempt Of Court

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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.

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Campaign Season
3:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate?

Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats.