politics

Lawmakers renew attempt to reform Sound Transit car taxes

A Senate bill would bring some savings. Foes say it doesn’t go far enough and ignores will of voters.

 

Defiant and determined Matt Shea is poised for a victory lap

The Republican state representative, linked to domestic terrorism, is not likely to get the boot.

 

House Democrats may skip further actions against Rep. Shea

Documents supporting the conclusion that Shea could have engaged in domestic terrorism will be released.

 

Legislature sees records requests spike since court ruling

House and Senate administrators in Washington are working through how to deal with the influx.

Push for new gun laws triggers passion at Senate hearing

Today, a House panel tackles assault weapons ban and allowing cities to enact firearm restrictions.

Lawmakers brace for political battle over bullets and AR-15s

Bills banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines will receive public hearings this week.

Supreme Court to hear Washington case of ‘faithless’ electors

One of the petitioners in a landmark test of free will is an Electoral College participant from Everett.

Shea decries report saying he engaged in domestic terrorism

Police are looking into possible threats against the GOP leader who suspended Shea from the caucus.

Suciasaurus rex may become Washington’s official dinosaur

After a dino fossil was found in the San Juan Islands, a bunch of fourth-graders are out to make history.

Inslee draws a line in the battle on clean fuels law

Rebuffed in 2019, the Democratic governor is turning up the heat on those in his party who oppose it.

Inslee keeps it simple in final State of the State this term

He focuses on reducing homelessness and fighting climate change with a clean fuel standard.

Inslee says his top issue is ‘growing crisis’ of homelessness

The governor spoke to lawmakers in his annual State of the State address Tuesday afternoon.

History made: Washington gets its first woman House speaker

Rep. Laurie Jinkins will be dealing with car tabs, Matt Shea and a lot more in the 60-day session.

Washington lawmakers convene 60-day legislative session

The new speaker of the House, Democrat Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, is a woman and gay — both firsts in the state.

Welcome to our new weekday newsletter about the Legislature

It’s Day 1 of 60 of the 2020 session in Olympia. Here’s Jerry Cornfield’s take. And tune in tomorrow.

List of firearms bills to be proposed at Legislature

Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson want “to combat mass shootings in Washington state.”

Lawmakers: Inslee’s homelessness plan unlikely to pass

One senator says it’s wrong to take reserve money to pay for things that will require ongoing funding.

Matt Shea is a man without a caucus. But he has a House seat

Whether Democrats try to expel the GOP lawmaker will be a hot topic in the upcoming session.

How to contact your state lawmakers — and other fun facts

This year it’s a 60-day session in Olympia. Democrats control everything.

Lawmakers aim to act on guns and pot, taxes and apples

There’s a wide range of subjects they hope to address when the 2020 session begins next month.

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