Washington State Legislature

Monday morning in Tacoma Troy Kelley's neighbors heard a knock on the Washington state auditor's door. Agents of the U.S. Treasury Department announced themselves, entered through the front door and searched his home for about five hours. Kelley's office submitted documents in response to a federal subpoena Thursday.

A Better Way To Tax Cigarettes

Mar 18, 2015
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Bill Radke talks with Washington state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, about Governor Jay Inslee's proposal to raise cigarette taxes.

The site of the deadly Oso, Washington mudslide on March 22, 2014.
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Kim Malcolm talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the policy changes state lawmakers are considering one year after the Oso landslide that killed 43 people. 

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has accused a mobile home park owner of a scheme to evade inspections.

If you ride a bicycle or motorcycle, this has no doubt happened to you: You stop at a red light controlled by a sensor in the pavement and you wait... and wait.

A cast of characters from Washington’s TV and film industry descended on Olympia Tuesday seeking an expanded tax credit for the film industry.

A bill in the state Legislature would prevent people under age 18 from buying vaping products
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People who want to quit smoking have credited e-cigarettes with helping them kick the habit. But vaping is also attracting a new group of users — teenagers. 

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would crack down on retailers who sell vaping products to minors.

Ross Reynolds talks with Lara Zarowsky, policy director for Innocence Project Northwest, about a legislative proposal that would require most DNA evidence collected in violent felonies to be preserved for the entire length of someone's sentence.

Washington lawmakers are on the honor system when it comes to accepting free meals from lobbyists.

Marcie Sillman talks with state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, about his push for more transparency in government.

Also, Ross Reynolds gets the scoop on various transparency bills in the legislature from KUOW's Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins.

Marcie Sillman speaks to Washington state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, about powdered alcohol. The U.S. has approved its first powdered alcohol product, Palcohol.

Washington lawmakers have approved a flurry of bills -- and killed a bunch too -- as they crossed a key deadline in the 105-day session.

Washington state capitol
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Marcie Sillman talks to state Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, about her bill that passed the state House that would amend the Equal Pay Act, ensuring that employers can't punish employees for talking about their salary.

Washington Capitol in Olympia.
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This week in Olympia, high-profile bills fall to a procedural deadline and budget talks begin KUOW's Kim Malcolm talks with the Everett Herald's Olympia reporter, Jerry Cornfield.

Washington lawmakers face a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to pass bills out of their House of origin.

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