Washington State Legislature

Ross Reynolds talks with Erika Teschke about a bill in the state legislature that would require all new rape kits to be tested by the Washington state crime lab. Teschke is director of Rape Kit-WA, a Seattle-based organization that advocates for rape kit reform.

A clipboard used for King County's annual One Night Count.
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When a homeless person needs help, they are often asked for a lot of personal information.

For victims of domestic violence, that information could potentially help an abuser track them down. That’s why homeless people in Washington state are given the choice to keep personal information from a big database that service providers keep and share on the people they help.

The Washington House is expected to vote this week on a $12 per hour minimum wage.

In January, the Washington state Senate adopted a rule requiring that new taxes pass the Senate by a two-thirds vote. Monday Lt. Governor Brad Owen tossed it out.

Owen said the super majority threshold runs afoul of the state constitution. Owen pointed to a 2013 Washington Supreme Court ruling that overturned a voter-approved super majority requirement for tax hikes.

The Republican-led Washington Senate Monday approved a nearly 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase phased in over three years.

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins and state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, about a possible transportation package in the legislature. 

When temperatures rise this spring, you're bound to hear the occasional sad tale of a dog locked in a hot car in the sun.

Students study in a Singapore Starbucks.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Yoonsun Choi, University of Chicago professor, about the "model minority" myth and why lumping Asian students in one category makes it harder for people to succeed. 

Washington lawmakers are approaching the halfway mark of their 105-day session. Hot issues include marijuana, mental health, oil trains and cap-and-trade.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Washington Filmworks executive director Amy Lillard about a legislative proposal that would increase the amount of tax incentives for film productions in Washington state.

Former Rep. Joe McDermott, Rep. Eric Pettigrew and former Rep. Lynn Kessler at an event in 2006.`
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Jeannie Yandel talks with state Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, about the "open-door policy" he's developed for police and why he thinks police don't get enough recognition for the work they do. Pettigrew was recently awarded Legislator of the Year by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs.

Photo of school buses parked in a parking lot.
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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the big policy sticking points facing Washington lawmakers concerning education.

Washington state lawmakers are more than a third of the way through their 105-day legislative session.

In Olympia, legislative budget writers got a shot of good news Friday regarding tax collections.

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Ross Reynolds talks to Anthony Broadman, a partner with the Seattle law firm Galanda Broadman, about how local tribes can sell marijuana on reservations.

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