Washington State Legislature

Government
8:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Divergent Agendas As Washington Legislature Approaches Halfway Point

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:42 pm

Washington’s 60-day legislative session is approaching the halfway mark, but divergent agendas are likely to result in a lot of proposals dying when they cross the Rotunda to the other chamber.

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Lucha Libre
9:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Want To Escape Regulatory Choke Hold

Announcer Jake Stratton (on left) and luchador Josh Black (on right) think the regulations on theatrical wrestling need to change.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 8:15 am

Lucha Libre wrestling has a huge following in Mexico. In fact, it’s second only to soccer. And its popularity is rising here in the Northwest.

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Two-Way Radio
8:43 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Dead Air, Garbled Transmissions Trouble Washington Troopers

One of the new Washington State Patrol portable radios by Motorola. It’s a digital radio to replace the previous analog system.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:12 pm

For most of us, our smartphones have become our figurative lifelines. For state troopers their literal lifeline is still the two-way radio.

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Government
8:40 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Mental Healthcare Professionals Decisions May Be Overruled By Patients' Family

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:36 pm

More than 10,000 mental health patients were involuntarily hospitalized last year in Washington. But not every patient qualifies for forced hospitalization under the law.

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Washington State Legislature
4:34 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Are State Lawmakers Talking About Anything Today Other Than The Seahawks?

Will the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory bring bipartisanship in Olympia?
Flickr Photo/Washington State House Republicans

Steve Scher checks in with KUOW's Austin Jenkins about the latest news from Olympia, including how lawmakers are handling Seahawks fever.

Education
9:32 am
Mon February 3, 2014

'Real Hope' Act Passes Washington Senate

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:51 pm

Undocumented Washington high school graduates may be one step closer to accessing financial aid.

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Immigration Reform
3:38 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

A Washington Dreamer On The State's REAL Hope Act

The REAL Hope Act would allow undocumented immigrant college students to be eligible for need-based financial aid.
Flickr Photo/Dave Herholz

David Hyde hears from Carlos Padilla, a 21-year-old undocumented immigrant and co-founder of the Washington Dream Act Coalition. The Washington state Senate is expected to pass the REAL Hope Act on Friday. The bill would allow undocumented immigrant college students to be eligible for need-based financial aid.

Week in Review
2:26 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

News From Olympia, State Of The Union, And Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Joe Parks

State lawmakers signal progress on the DREAM Act. President Barack Obama's outlines his goals in his State of the Union address. And the 12th man gets ready for Super Bowl XLVIII. 

We talk over these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and political reporter Robert Mak.

Education & Immigration
2:09 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Washington State Senate Passes 'REAL Hope Act'

State Senator Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor.
Courtesy of Washington State Legislature

Steve Scher talks with state Senator Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, about the passage of the Senate Republican's version of the DREAM Act called the REAL Hope Act. Bailey is chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Mental Health
4:04 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Mental Health Advocates Push For Change Of ‘Shattered System’

A proposed law would allow people to petition a court to have family members involuntarily committed to a mental facility.
Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with mental health advocate Sandi Ando about a proposed law that would allow people to petition a court to have a family member committed against his or her will.

Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Young Activists
11:34 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Kids Take On Washington Legislature In Picking New State Symbols

Palouse Falls
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 11:20 am

Washington may get at least two new official state symbols, thanks to some young students.

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Gun Control
9:33 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Gabby Giffords Makes Case For Washington Gun Checks

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and combat veteran, are leading a national campaign for expanded background checks for gun sales.
AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was the star witness at a hearing on gun control and gun rights in Olympia.

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Tax Breaks
9:22 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Washington Governor Makes Another Push To Close Tax Exemptions

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 4:48 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee continued his push on Tuesday for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles
9:14 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break

Nissan Leafs charge on the Washington state capitol campus Tuesday.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 3:48 pm

The slow uptake of electric cars by Northwest drivers is prompting calls to extend a tax break in Washington state for new vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

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Gun Background Check
4:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Dueling Gun Bills Get A Hearing In Olympia

State Representative Laurie Jinkins (left) and Senator Mike Padden.
Washington State Legislature

Steve Scher talks with state Representative Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, and state Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, about two opposing gun background check proposals holding public hearings in Olympia this week.

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