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State Senate OKs Compromise on Plan to Fix Education System
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Tuesday passed a plan for fixing the way the state pays for education, mirroring a measure passed earlier in the state House.
Many lawmakers believe the bill will satisfy the Supreme Court's order to finish the work it demanded in its so-called…
Inslee Blasts Senate Republicans for Cabinet Ouster
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee had harsh words for Senate Republicans just days after they ousted the head of the Department of Transportation in a surprise vote on the Senate floor. In a press conference Monday, Inslee said the Senate vote on Friday was "an election-year stunt…
Washington Senate Passes Charter School Fix
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a bill that seeks a legal fix to the state's charter schools in light of a state Supreme Court ruling that found the system unconstitutional.
The chamber passed Senate Bill 6194 on a 27-20 vote Wednesday, and the measure now heads to t…
State Says it Has Money for Education Without New Taxes
Members of the Washington State Senate say they have found a way to fund basic education without raising taxes. And with just five days left in the 2013 legislative session - it may be in just the nick of time. “One of the things that they did is say we were not recognizing our first and highest pri…
State Senate Bill Proposed to Make Hiring Minors Easier Passes
Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, said he appreciated the Senate’s unanimous passage of two of his bills today. Senate Bill 5002 proposes to update state law to allow local mosquito districts more flexibility in their operations while Senate Bill 5056 would make it easier for companie…
Possible Changes to Family and Medical Leave Insurance
Business issues were once again at the forefront of the Washington State Senate as it began the third week of the legislative session. Passed in 2007, the family and medical leave insurance act included a number of provisions that affect businesses in Washington...
King to Co-chair Senate Transportation Committee Under New Plan
OLYMPIA… Under a new bipartisan banner, Democrat and Republican senators in the Washington State Senate today announced the formation of a Majority Coalition Caucus to lead the Senate during the 2013 legislative session. Twenty-five state senators have committed themselves to the new majority…