Washington State Legislature

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

Flickr Photo/ John Niedermeyer (CC BY-NC-ND)

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

Flickr Photo/Michae Saechang (CC BY-NC-ND)

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

Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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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The Week In Review
3:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Medical Pot, Minimum Wage, And Lawmakers Wrap Up In Olympia

A screenshot of the interview on "Between Two Ferns."

State lawmakers adjourn in Olympia, Seattle's $15 minimum wage gets more scrutiny and President Obama tries comedy to pitch the Affordable Care Act to young Americans. 

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

Legalized Marijuana
2:56 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Legislature Fails To Pass Medical Pot Regulations, Despite Feds' Warning

Flickr Photo/Rusty Blazenhoff (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, about the state failing to pass medical pot regulations and what the federal government might do about it.

News
8:16 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Washington Legislature Adjourns With No Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax

The floor of the Washington Senate on the last night of the 60-day session
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:17 pm

The Washington legislature adjourned its 60-day session just before midnight Thursday night.

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Government
8:10 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Some States Working To Negate Federal Food Stamp Cutbacks

File photo of a woman using her EBT card in Portland, Ore., to purchase food.
Brian Duss Bread for the World

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:47 pm

In Olympia, Washington policymakers are pondering whether to make an end run around looming cutbacks in the federally-funded food stamp program.

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Education Funding
5:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Washington Legislature Strikes Budget Deal

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 2:38 pm

In a new budget deal, Washington public schools will get nearly an additional $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year.

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Prostitution Charges
10:32 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Washington Legislature Passes Bill To Allow Human Trafficking Victims To Clear Record

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A new human trafficking bill passed the state Legislature Monday that will allow victims who were forced into prostitution to clear their records of prostitution charges.

Removing one conviction has already been the law for a couple years. But now, a victim is able to get more than one charge vacated.

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