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The Seattle Times covers politics and government in Seattle, the Eastside, Washington state and the Northwest. Topics include lawmaking and policy; the mayor, city and county councils; the state Legislature and Supreme Court; and city, county and state ag

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Washington House approves ban on bump stocks

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:19:50 -0800

The measure now heads for a final vote in the Senate, which passed the underlying measure last month 29-20.

How your Washington state legislator voted on the bill to shield many lawmaker records

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:36:38 -0800

Here's who voted how Friday on a bill that makes some legislative records public starting in July — but shields records that already exist.

Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling ‘abortion is murder’

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:34:46 -0800

Idaho state Sen. Dan Foreman is facing an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told some visiting college students to discuss “killing babies” with a Democratic lawmaker.

‘Covering their collective backsides’: one citizen’s peek inside our democracy

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:03:23 -0800

A newbie to the ways of the Washington Legislature journeyed there this past week. He’d heard they were slow and bitterly divided, but he found them stampeding in unison like wildebeests.

Report: Washington state home to one of the largest cells of notorious white supremacist group

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:41:50 -0800

A white supremacist group linked to multiple homicides has one of its largest chapters in Washington state, according to a report by the investigative-reporting nonprofit ProPublica. The neo-Nazi group, known as Atomwaffen Division, is known for its recruiting of young white men, attracted to a violent ideology that idolizes Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson. The […]

Washington state lawmakers make speedy move to shield their records from the public

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:49:14 -0800

Ever seen legislation in Olympia move this fast? With no debate, the Washington state House and Senate approved a bill Friday that makes some legislative records public starting in July — but shields records that already exist.

We asked every Washington state lawmaker to comment before Friday’s quick vote to keep their records secret. Most weren’t talking.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:10:55 -0800

The Seattle Times asked all 147 state lawmakers to weigh in on a new bill that keeps their existing records secret. Only a handful responded with comments on Senate Bill 6617 as the measure headed for votes in the Legislature on Friday after just being announced Wednesday.

Podcast: Why should Washington state impose carbon tax after rejecting one in 2016?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:36 -0800

Washington voters soundly rejected Initiative 732 in 2016, which would have made the state the first in the U.S. to create a carbon tax on emissions from fossil fuels. In a strange bit of political infighting, the state’s major environmental, labor and Democratic Party groups largely opposed the initiative. This year, the Legislature may go […]

Proposals in Olympia would erase gap in aid for state’s low-income college students

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Proposals in the state House and Senate would eradicate a gap in funding for the State Need Grant, the state’s financial-aid program for low-income students, and one proposal would make it an entitlement.

ICE wants info on a City Light customer, and the utility is asking why

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:54:26 -0800

A state law restricts law-enforcement access to City Light’s customer records, the utility said.

To hide their old records, lawmakers in Olympia plan speedy vote

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:23:37 -0800

Washington state lawmakers are set to swiftly vote on a bill to keep old legislative records secret and make some records public. The move comes after a judge found the Legislature in violation of open-records laws.

As debate heats up in Olympia over guns, a GOP state lawmaker invents a massacre

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

The remarks by GOP House Minority Leader Rep. Dan Kristiansen came as Democrats pushed for new gun regulations in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

Washington lawmakers aim to help what former foster child calls a ‘broken’ system

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Legislators this year are considering a series of bills intended to improve services for especially troubled youth and provide better forecasting for the number of youth coming into the system.

Washington state lawmakers introduce bill to circumvent public-records ruling

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:45:07 -0800

A new bill would remove lawmakers from the state’s Public Records Act, but starting July 1, allow release of some correspondence, “specified information” from lawmaker calendars and final disciplinary reports.

Contact with staff restricted for Washington state lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:25:50 -0800

State Rep. David Sawyer’s contact with staff is now restricted, according to House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan. Sawyer is a Democrat from Parkland. House officials are conducting a review.

Ex-foster son of Ed Murray files $1M claim against Seattle, alleging negligence and defamation

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:10:37 -0800

Jeff Simpson, of Gladstone, Oregon, said that he decided to file the claim “to help me with closure and to vindicate my name.” Ed Murray, who resigned in September, has persistently denied the allegations of Simpson and four other accusers.

Seattle plan for free transit for students among most generous in nation, mayor says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Seattle’s proposal to give free transit rides to all city high-school students is among the most generous such programs in the nation. Surveys and studies show that students who get free transit use it frequently and are more likely to use transit as adults.

$1 million for hygiene services for Seattle homeless people restored

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

The money will come from the sale of city property in South Lake Union, the proceeds of which will also go toward a plan by Mayor Jenny Durkan to fund a two-year pilot program for rent subsidies and to increase affordable-housing options in the city.

Washington House Democrats propose taxing capital gains, ignoring Supreme Court on K-12 school funding

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:11:28 -0800

Washington House Democrats want to reduce new state property-tax hikes, partly with a capital-gains tax. But in their new budget proposal, they leave out the $1 billion suggested by the state Supreme Court to comply with the McCleary school-funding decision.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan emphasizes need for shared prosperity in first State of the City address

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:59:10 -0800

Mayor Jenny Durkan said she plans to provide free transit to all of Seattle’s public high-school students, work to pass new rights for domestic workers and propose legislation to encourage greener buildings. She also warned that the city’s economic growth won’t last forever.