Washington State Legislature

Kim Malcolm talks with Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network about how Washington state is trying to reduce the number of teens who run away from foster homes.

Police agencies in Washington have started piloting the use of body-worn cameras. It’s a step supported by many officers, reformers, and the Obama administration to address police use of force. But both police and police watchdogs say the cameras are unworkable under current state law.

A study says that iPhone's Siri program -- which can be used without hands or eyes -- is a huge distraction for drivers.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Dr. Beth Ebel, physician at Harborview Medical Center and former director of the Harborview Injury Prevention Center. She explains why she supports the Washington Senate bill that would expand the current distracted driving laws to include a ban of all use of a handheld device while driving. 

Three Washington state senators received a boost in their per diem last month, despite previously saying they wouldn’t take a raise in their daily allowance.

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, about his proposal to offer the federal minimum wage as opposed to the higher state minimum wage for newly employed teens working in the summer months.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, about bipartisan legislation being considered in Olympia this week. House Bill 1885 and its companion Senate Bill 5775 aim to reduce Washington state's high property crime rate by, in part, reducing jail time for burglars and thieves. The proposal is backed by extensive data and research from The Council of State Governments Justice Center

From a proposed “stand your ground” law to a proposal to make it a crime to unsafely store a gun, gun rights and gun control measures abound in the Washington legislature this year.

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the politics of gun control in Washington state.

Signs at the Seahawks' Virginia Mason Athletic Center welcome home the team after the depressing Super Bowl Loss on Feb. 1, 2015.
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We expose you to just enough of the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLIX loss for your antibodies to fight it off. Also, why is the UW president leaving urban Seattle for the Aggies? Why do some rural Washington lawmakers want to split from the urban westside? Should I-405 include a thruway for the rich? And does Washington state need to save daylight?

KUOW’s Bill Radke analyzes the week’s news with author Sherman Alexie, Crosscut columnist Knute Berger and Northwest News Network managing editor Phyllis Fletcher.

Have electric cars been on the market long enough to stand on their own without public subsidies?

In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown with the witness gallery behind glass at right, in Walla Walla, Wash.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Washington state Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill seeking to abolish the death penalty in Washington and replace it with a life sentence. The bill comes almost a year after Governor Jay Inslee imposed a statewide moratorium on capital punishment. 

File photo of a flu shot.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Washington state Rep. June Robinson, D-Everett, about her new bill that would take away the option to opt out of vaccinations for "personal beliefs."

The Washington state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to make hemp farming legal. The measure now goes to the state House for further consideration.

Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

Labor activists from the group Working Washington surround eight protesters who have linked arms in a busy Bellevue intersection Sept. 9, 2014. They were protesting for a raise in the minimum wage.
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Ross Reynolds talks with the president of Washington State Labor Council, Jeff Johnson, about his legislative priorities. We also hear from KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about how proposals like mandatory paid sick leave and a higher minimum wage might fare in Olympia. 

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