Washington State Legislature

Capitol building in Olympia, Washington.
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Bill Radke spoke with Associated Press reporter Rachel La Corte about the three big issues the state legislature will have to deal with in 2016, including education funding, charter schools and the Tim Eyman tax initiative that passed in November.

The Washington state Senate plans to continue its experiment with remote testimony in the 2016 legislative session. This comes as welcome news to a school superintendent who nearly died on Stevens Pass after testifying at the capitol.

Cigarettes in an ash tray.
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State Rep. Tina Orwall just marked the two-year anniversary of her mom’s death from lung cancer.

“It’s a horrific way to lose someone,” Orwall, whose father also died of a smoking-related disease, told KUOW's David Hyde.

As Washington’s prison population swells, there are renewed calls for a state prisons ombudsman. Legislation to create the position was filed Wednesday in advance of the January legislative session.

Bill Radke talks with state representative Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg) about a proposal to protect controversial speech on college campuses in Washington.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will roll out his proposed update to the state’s two-year budget on Thursday. One of the chief spending items will be paying for last summer’s fire season.

Marijuana plants growing at Seattle's first legal pot farm, Sea of Green.
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Rick Steves doesn’t think Big Marijuana should control your pot. That’s one reason people in Washington state should be able to grow their own weed, Steves told KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel.

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The Washington state Legislature has directed funding to reduce class sizes in elementary schools.

But as KUOW’s Ann Dornfeld reports, that doesn’t mean classes are getting much smaller.

A Washington state senator says he will try again in January to convince his colleagues to ban marine mammal shows. That announcement Monday came as SeaWorld said it will end orca whale performances at its San Diego theme park next year.

Money is pouring into a highly competitive special election to fill an open seat in the Washington state House. But tracing where that money comes from is no easy task.

This is an off election year, but there is one hot legislative race that has implications for future control of the Washington state House.

All four Washington legislative leaders have signed a letter calling on indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley to immediately resign. The letter was hand delivered to the auditor’s office Wednesday morning.

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Ross Reynolds talks with state Representatives Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg) and Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) about a proposed initiative that would make state Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from cases involving donors who've given them more than $1,000.

Former Representative Ross Hunter, in a photo from 2009.
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Ross Reynolds sits down with Ross Hunter, former Microsoft executive and state legislator, to talk about his time in the state House and his new job as director of the Washington Department of Early Learning.

David Hyde talks to Jerry Cornfield, legislative reporter for the Everett Daily Herald, about the role of state funding in Seattle's teacher strike. Last month, Washington State's Supreme Court held lawmakers in contempt for failing to fully fund public education.

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