Washington State Legislature

The Week In Review
3:59 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

SPD Reversal, Rideshare Regulations, And State Education Funding

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sets things straight after a reversal of police misconduct cases kicked up some dust.

State lawmakers reach a compromise over whether student test scores should factor in teacher evaluations, and the City Council regulates Seattle's ridesharing companies.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

Financial Aid
8:44 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington Governor Signs The Real Hope Act

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, poses for a photo with a group of students, after he signed into law a measure that expands state financial aid to students living illegally in the country, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Washington is now the fourth state in the nation to give college students who are in the country illegally access to state-funded financial aid.

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Government
8:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington Legislature On Collision Course Over Tax Breaks

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 3:01 pm

The final two weeks of the Washington legislature may come down to a battle over tax breaks.

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Government
8:43 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Washington Senate Democrats Target Tax Exemptions To Fund Schools

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber.
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:30 pm

Minority Democrats in the Washington Senate want to tax oil refineries, bottled water, prescription drug resellers and out-of-state shoppers.

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Government
8:38 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Washington Senate Includes Nearly Two Dozen Tax Breaks In Budget Plan

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:37 am

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks -- mostly for businesses.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Susan Hutchison: 'The Republicans Have Been Too Weak For Too Long'

Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison.
Courtesy of Susan Hutchison

Ross Reynolds checks in with Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison to talk about the state of the GOP in Washington and her plans for leading the party into the future.

Mental Health Awareness
3:35 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Suicide Prevention: 'Give Message Of Support And Challenge The Stigma'

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Steve Scher talks with Jennifer Stuber, a supporter of the legislation to educate primary care providers on identifying signs of suicidal behavior. Stuber, whose husband killed himself in 2011, believes that training health care professionals could save lives.

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Anti-Bullying Law
8:35 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Consider ‘Emotional Harm’ As Form Of Bullying

Flickr Photo/Harvey Barrison (CC BY-NC-ND)

The definition of bullying in Washington could be expanded to include any act of "emotional harm" against a student.

State lawmakers took testimony Thursday on this potentially controversial revision to the state’s anti-bullying law.

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Education & Immigration
8:44 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Washington Legislature Sends 'Real Hope' Act To Governor

Republican State Sen. Barbara Bailey celebrates with students following final passage of the “Real Hope Act.”
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:11 am

A late vote in the Washington legislature has the children of immigrants cheering - literally.

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Marijuana Regulation
8:41 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Washington Liquor Board Rolls Back How Much Pot Producers Can Grow

File photo
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 4:49 pm

Applicants to grow recreational pot in Washington could have their state licenses in hand two weeks from now.

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Pay It Forward
3:43 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

New Bill Would Allow Students To Attend College First, Pay Later

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

Marcie Sillman talks with John Burbank, executive director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, about a proposal in the state legislature that would allow college students to pay for tuition and fees after graduating.

Government
9:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington State Senators Propose Tax On Oil Train Shipments

File photo of a BNSF train.
Flickr Photo/Raymond D. Woods Jr. (CC BY-NC-ND)

Powerful members of the Washington state Senate are on board with a plan to tax crude oil shipped into the state by rail.

The money raised would pay for oil spill response and clean up.

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Lucha Libre
2:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Fight For Less Regulations

El Fénix speaks at a Latino press conference in October.
Courtesy of Amanda Ovena

David Hyde speaks with El Fénix, a local lucha libre wrestler, about a bill in Olympia that seeks to lessen safety and security regulations on the Mexican-style wrestling.

Government
8:34 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington Senate Moves To Ban Indoor Tanning For Minors

The Washington Senate passed a bill that would restrict minors from using tanning salons.
Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Washington Senate passed a bill this week that’s had a tough time in recent years -- even just reaching the floor for a vote.

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Income Inequality
8:31 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Why Are Democrats Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage?

Talk of raising the minimum wage has been spreading in Washington's Capitol building.
Colin Fogarty

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:40 am

It's No Accident Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

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