Washington State Legislature

200 New Laws
7:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns, Tanning

The Washington state capitol building.
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Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:53 pm

This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The Real Hope Act is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday, 90 days after the Washington Legislature adjourned.

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State-Funded Education
2:51 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

McCleary Plaintiffs Want State Lawmakers Held In Contempt Of Court

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David Hyde talks to Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan about the progress state lawmakers have made on finding a way to fund public schools in Washington state.

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Campaign Season
3:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate?

Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats.

Midterm Elections
8:18 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Republicans Eye Pickups In State Legislatures; Northwest Impact Unclear

File photo of the Senate Chamber at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon.

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:04 pm

Republican strategists are eyeing state legislatures this year in hopes of taking more control of the legislative process.

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Education
2:21 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Legislature's Report On Education Funding 'Highly Unlikely' To Satisfy Supreme Court

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Ann Dornfeld about the Washington State Legislature's progress on fulfilling the state Supreme Court's education mandate.

Wednesday is the deadline for the Legislature's report on meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision on school funding.

K-12 Funding
8:01 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Despite Deadline, Still No Education Funding Plan From Washington State Legislators

Franklin High School auditorium in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The state Supreme Court will not get the K-12 education funding plan it demanded from the state Legislature by the end of April.

The court called for the plan in January after finding that state lawmakers had not made enough progress toward amply funding basic education as required by the state Constitution.

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The Week In Review
1:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tom Steps Down, Boeing Moves Jobs Out Of Washington, And Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up

Washington state Senator Rodney Tom.
Credit Courtesy of Washington State Senate

As Washington state Senator Rodney Tom announced his decision to not seek re-election this week, how does his departure change the dynamic in the legislature.

Also, Boeing is shipping nearly 2,000 engineering and research jobs out of the state. After the big push for friendly tax breaks for the company, is this a betrayal? 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Government Transparency
3:44 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Richard Hodgin of Seattle testified in favor of stricter free meal rules for Washington state lawmakers.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:26 pm

By next January, Washington lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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Washington State Legislature
8:04 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Leader Tom Won't Seek Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for re-election.
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 3:10 pm

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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Government
8:48 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 4:55 pm

Washington state Senators are giving themselves a pay raise. They will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session -- up from the current $90 a day.

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Investigative Journalism
3:26 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

How One Washington Doctor Changed The Course Of Flame Retardants

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David Hyde talks with investigative reporter Sam Roe at the Chicago Tribune about the series on flame retardants and how one Washington doctor changed the debate.

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Government
3:25 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

How Gun Bills Fared In The 2014 Legislative Session

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David Hyde checks in with KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about what happened with gun-related proposals during this legislative session.

Education Funding
7:45 am
Wed March 19, 2014

District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools

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Seattle Public Schools has rescinded staffing cuts it planned to make at schools across the district.

Superintendent Jose Banda said after analyzing the supplemental budget the Legislature passed last week, the district won’t need to reduce the hours of many secretaries, counselors and other employees.

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Public Education Funding
2:58 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Education Advocate Reacts To State Legislature's Shortcomings

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Marcie Sillman checks in with Nick Brossoit, Edmonds School District superintendent and president of the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS), about the Washington State Legislature's failure to meet goals for public education funding during this past session.

Medical Cannabis
5:14 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Washington Governor 'Surprised' Medical Marijuana Regulation Failed

Governor Jay Inslee speaks with reporters at a news conference following the adjournment of the Washington legislature
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:20 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he’s surprised and disappointed medical marijuana regulation died in the state legislature this year.

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