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Fourth District lawmakers support bipartisan capital budget
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Fourth District lawmakers support bipartisan capital budget
Plan to invest in schools, recreation and job creation; includes funds for Spokane Valley Tech OLYMPIA… Late Tuesday evening the Legislature passed a bipartisan capital budget for 2015-17 that would build more than 500 new K-12 classrooms, make the largest-ever investment in state parks and trails, and devote $60 million...
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Legislature backs Padden’s bill on pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring
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Legislature backs Padden’s bill on pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring
Today the House of Representatives voted 92-6 to pass a measure sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, aimed at improving public safety by making it more practical for courts to order pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring. “There are often real-world consequences to Supreme Court decisions,” said Padden, who chairs the Senate...
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Budget deal reached; third special session needed
Gov. Jay Inslee, Senators Mark Schoesler and Linda Evans Parlette, and Rep. Dan Kristiansen join WSU acting President Dan Bernardo in the raising the Washington State University flag in the Capitol campus flag circle in honor of late WSU President Dr. Elson Floyd, June 26, 2015. Inslee also called for flags to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in memory of Floyd.
Budget deal reached; third special session needed
There was some breaking news overnight. At 1:30 a.m. the governor announced that legislative negotiators had reached a tentative deal on a new operating budget. While details of the deal have just been released, there is now hope that we’ll be able to avoid a state-government shutdown when the current...
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Senate passes Padden measures aimed at addressing recent Supreme Court decisions
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Senate passes Padden measures aimed at addressing recent Supreme Court decisions
Bills would help permit pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring and give deceased victims of violent crimes a voice in sentencing hearings On Wednesday the Senate passed two measures sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, aimed at improving public safety and increasing justice for crime victims. Both bills were introduced to address...
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