Azusa Uchikura en Higher fines on Johns, pimps would benefit anti-prostitution programs <p>SEATAC, Wash. &ndash; Critics of have accused the classifieds website of promoting child prostitution. The company has defended its policies but lawmakers in Olympia are considering new requirements for the site.</p><p>They are also considering more funding for anti-prostitution programs. And they plan to get the extra money from the Johns and pimps themselves.</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:37:26 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 4165 at Higher fines on Johns, pimps would benefit anti-prostitution programs Same-sex marriage decision personal for lawmakers OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is in the hands of Governor Chris Gregoire. It passed the Washington House Wedesday with a 55-43 vote. During the three-hour debate, many lawmakers shared their own personal stories.<p>Democrat Jamie Pedersen, who is openly gay, spoke of how same-sex marriage would affect his own family.<p>"I would like for our four children to grow up understanding that their daddy and their papa have made that kind of a life-long commitment to each other," Pedersen says. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 19:33:39 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 4106 at Same-sex marriage decision personal for lawmakers Tolls on I-5 between Washington, Oregon looking more likely <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington lawmakers are moving forward with plans to allow tolls on the proposed Columbia River Crossing between Portland and Vancouver. The project will cost as much as $3.5 billion and drivers will likely bear some of that cost.</p><p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 16:56:56 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 4088 at Tolls on I-5 between Washington, Oregon looking more likely 'Occupy demands' would be met in bills before Wash. lawmakers <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington lawmakers are introducing several proposals that echo the demands of the Occupy protesters. In fact, the formal title of one proposal introduced Thursday says it is aimed at &ldquo;Guaranteeing that the top one percent pay too.&rdquo;</p><p>The chief sponsor, Democratic Representative Marko Liias, says the Occupy movement wasn&rsquo;t the only thing that prompted this idea.</p><p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:24:05 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 4030 at 'Occupy demands' would be met in bills before Wash. lawmakers End of death penalty in Washington eyed to save money <p><em>&quot;I clearly wanted him dead. But I got smart.&quot;</em></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington lawmakers are considering a plan to save money by abolishing the death penalty in the state. That idea got a hearing in Olympia.</p><p>Karil Klingbeil testified in support of the ban. Her sister, Candy Hemmig, was murdered 30 years ago in Olympia. The killer, Mitchell Rupe was dubbed &ldquo;the man too fat to hang.&rdquo; He initially got the death penalty, but after 20 years of appeals, received a life sentence instead.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:17:04 +0000 Azusa Uchikura & KPLU News Staff 3931 at End of death penalty in Washington eyed to save money Labor groups want job stimulus plan <p>Labor leaders in Washington are urging state lawmakers to pass a $2 billion construction jobs package. The Washington State Labor Council and other labor organizations held a press conference Wednesday in Olympia.</p><p>Among them, unemployed worker Ben Mahre . He says he lost his job a year and a half ago, and with it, his retirement fund and medical benefits.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:23:52 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 3929 at Don't expect great buys on booze when Wash. liquor stores close <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington liquor stores are on their way to privatization. But don&rsquo;t expect a clearance sale on the booze that&rsquo;s left over when the stores close in May.</p><p>Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board gave an update Tuesday to the state lawmakers in Olympia on the privatization approved by voters.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:35:20 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 3795 at Bills would increase Washington fines for prostitution <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that target Johns who solicit prostitutes. Proposals to increase state fines for prostitution and human trafficking had a hearing Tuesday in Olympia.</p><p>Supporters say some Washington speeding tickets cost more than the current fine for buying sex.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:13:36 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 3780 at Bill would allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote in Washington <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington 16 and 17-year-olds could preregister to vote while getting their first driver&rsquo;s license under a bill in Olympia. That idea got a hearing Thursday. But those teens still won&rsquo;t be able to vote until they turn 18.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:25:21 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 3709 at Major grocery stores support statewide ban on plastic bags <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; A proposal to ban plastic bags in Washington stores is dividing the grocery industry. Smaller independent stores and plastic bag makers oppose a statewide ban. But major grocery stores including Fred Meyer support the proposal.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:17:01 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 3690 at