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March 5 was Hump Day in the 2015 legislative session, day 53 of 105, after which lawmakers adjourn. At least that’s their hope. Here are five landmarks of the Olympia session thus far and the road ahead.
Any day now the state Senate will be voting on a plan to raise the gas tax and car tab fees in order to pay for billions of dollars in transportation projects.
The wait is nearly over. Senate Republicans, after two years of avoidance, are putting the final touches on a multibillion-dollar transportation package and could make it public as early as Thursday.
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers, teachers and the state public schools chief are gearing up for another battle over whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals.
Lawmakers are looking at ways to make the election process cheaper for voters, easier to see who is funding campaigns and harder to run initiatives with financial consequences.
Gov. Jay Inslee says he is approaching the upcoming session of the Legislature “very differently” than he did in his first two years as the state’s chief executive.
With the start of another year comes the promise of another session of the state Legislature and the prospect — no, make that a guarantee — of more laws.
Tis two days after session and all through the Dome, not a member is working since they all have gone home ...
Chris Erickson describes himself as “your typical gun owner who wants to be left alone.”
When Snohomish City Council members voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses in the city, they joined a growing rebellion against the state’s newest industry.
For months, there’s been a drumbeat of panic that new water quality standards based on how much fish people eat could drive Boeing and other companies out of Washington.
OLYMPIA — The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical.
It was not the case Monday that the Snohomish County Council could not decide which of three Republican gentlemen should temporarily occupy an empty seat in the state House of Representatives.
OLYMPIA — The battle for legislative seats this fall will be fought in part with hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations recycled from the campaigns of incumbent lawmakers.
Our state’s super wealthy social changers are at it again.
Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene spent a couple of her millions to get into Congress.
Rarely can the lack of action trigger so much reaction as it did last week when Tim Eyman didn’t do something he so often does — turn in signatures for an initiative.