Washington State Legislature

Mental Health
2:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Public Defender Pushes Back On Involuntary Committment Bill

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Marcie Sillman talks with Mike DeFelice, supervising attorney for civil commitments at the King County Public Defender's office, about a proposed bill that would give people more say over the involuntary commitment of a mentally ill family member.

Washington State Legislature
9:07 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Unveils New Gas Tax Package, Votes Lacking

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

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 5:09 pm

Members of the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate say they want to jumpstart talks on a gas tax package to fund roads and transit. Previous negotiations stalled out in December.

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Sex Trafficking
9:31 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Moving Past 'The Life': New Bill Would Allow Erasing Prostitution Convictions From Record

Flickr Photo/Brian

Those caught up in it call it "the life." It usually involves a pimp, coercion and prostitution.

For young victims of sex trafficking, getting out of that life and building a new one can be a monumental task. Having a rap sheet for prostitution makes it  incredibly difficult to apply for jobs, or housing, or school — the things it takes to start over.

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Education & Immigration
8:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Senator Pushes Back On College Aid For Undocumented Students

Washington state Senator Janea Holmquist Newbry
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:34 am

A bipartisan plan in the Washington legislature to give undocumented students access to college aid is coming under fire.

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News From Olympia
1:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Deep Divisions In Washington State Government

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the divisions down in Olympia this legislative session.

Education & Immigration
8:48 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Underfund Promise Of 'Real Hope' And 'Dreams'

Rachel Irish is a 35-year old pre-nursing student at South Puget Sound Technical College.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 3:24 pm

The state of Washington could soon become the fourth in the nation -- after California, Texas and New Mexico -- to allow the children of illegal immigrants to qualify for state-funded college financial aid.

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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

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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.

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