Washington State Legislature http://www.kplu.org en Wash. Ethics Panel Gets Earful On Lobbyist-Paid Meals For Lawmakers http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-ethics-panel-gets-earful-lobbyist-paid-meals-lawmakers-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154845266&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">How often is “infrequent” when it comes to state lawmakers accepting free meals from lobbyists? Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board spent nearly two hours Tuesday taking testimony on that issue and then grappling with the answer.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:15:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17220 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Ethics Panel Gets Earful On Lobbyist-Paid Meals For Lawmakers School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers http://www.kplu.org/post/school-funding-lawsuit-prompts-hearing-separation-powers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154783243&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Washington Supreme Court could hold state lawmakers in contempt over school funding. But is the high court overstepping its bounds? A Republican-led legislative panel held a hearing Monday on separation of powers.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:31:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17190 at http://www.kplu.org School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers Washington Capitol Employees Train For Active Shooter Scenarios http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-capitol-employees-train-active-shooter-scenarios <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154058995&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Get out. Hide out. Take out. That’s the lesson employees at the Washington state Capitol got Wednesday in a class on active shooters. The refresher course comes in the wake of recent high profile shootings in the Northwest.</p><p>The sign on the door to the legislative hearing room said it all: “Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Survival.” About 50 state legislative and executive branch employees showed up for the lunch-hour training.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:43:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17103 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Capitol Employees Train For Active Shooter Scenarios New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns And Tanning http://www.kplu.org/post/new-washington-laws-cover-college-aid-guns-and-tanning <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153631836&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The “Real Hope Act” is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday, 90 days after the Washington legislature adjourned.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17059 at http://www.kplu.org New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns And Tanning Pacific Tower Expected To Fill With Tenants; Long-Term Funding An Issue http://www.kplu.org/post/pacific-tower-expected-fill-tenants-long-term-funding-issue <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151634044&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">After a slow start, the state of Washington says it’s on track to fill the former headquarters of Amazon.com with tenants. But long-term costs remain a concern.</span></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16839 at http://www.kplu.org Pacific Tower Expected To Fill With Tenants; Long-Term Funding An Issue Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals http://www.kplu.org/post/ethics-board-consider-crackdown-lobbyist-paid-meals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By next January, Washington state lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists. The state’s Legislative Ethics Board decided Tuesday to clarify the rules governing gifts in the form of food and beverage. The board’s action follows <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/influence-game-lobbyists-wine-dine-lawmakers-after-hours">our investigation last year</a> into lobbyist-paid meals.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:37:46 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16053 at http://www.kplu.org Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-senate-majority-leader-tom-announces-he-won-t-run-re-election <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144714753&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p>One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington state Legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, announced he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom is one of two Democrats who joined with Republicans last year to help them take control of the state Senate.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:45:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16018 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election Grieving Widow Helps Spearhead First-Of-Its-Kind State Law On Suicide Prevention http://www.kplu.org/post/grieving-widow-helps-spearhead-first-its-kind-state-law-suicide-prevention <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144249830&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Depression is one of the biggest <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/learn/riskfactors.aspx" target="_blank">risk factors</a> for suicide, and people who seek help for it tend to go to their regular doctor. But, as one Seattle family discovered, doctors aren’t always prepared to deal with a patient who has thoughts of suicide. A <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2315" target="_blank">new law&nbsp;in Washington state</a>, the first of its kind nationwide, seeks to change that. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 15946 at http://www.kplu.org Grieving Widow Helps Spearhead First-Of-Its-Kind State Law On Suicide Prevention Wash. Senate Panel OKs $30 Per Diem Pay Hike http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-senate-panel-oks-30-diem-pay-hike <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141415818&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18.001800537109375px;">Washington state senators are giving themselves a pay raise. Senators will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session – up from the current rate of $90 a day.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18.001800537109375px;">The Senate facilities and operations committee approved the increase &nbsp;Tuesday in a split vote.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:09:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15296 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Senate Panel OKs $30 Per Diem Pay Hike Washington Legislature Adjourns Without Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-legislature-adjourns-without-action-medical-marijuana-gas-tax <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington Legislature adjourned its 60-day session just before midnight Thursday night.</span></p><p>In the final hours, lawmakers passed a bipartisan update to the state’s two-year budget. They also sent the governor a bill to give military veterans in-state tuition to attend college, and reauthorized a fee that pays for homeless housing.</p><p>But it’s what lawmakers did not do this Legislative session that may stand out most for voters.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:31:45 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14845 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Legislature Adjourns Without Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature http://www.kplu.org/post/budget-deal-struck-washington-legislature <p>Washington public schools will get an additional nearly $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year. That’s the upshot of a budget deal that’s being announced at the Capitol in Olympia.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:31:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14796 at http://www.kplu.org Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature PCB Product Bill On Wash. Governor’s Desk http://www.kplu.org/post/pcb-product-bill-wash-governor-s-desk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state bill to limit the purchase of PCB-containing products is heading to the Washington governor’s desk. The state Senate on Tuesday approved final changes to the bill, which the sponsor says could lower river pollution levels.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:12:56 +0000 Paige Browning 14733 at http://www.kplu.org PCB Product Bill On Wash. Governor’s Desk Senator's Bill Calls For Annual UW-Gonzaga Basketball Game http://www.kplu.org/post/senators-bill-calls-annual-uw-gonzaga-basketball-game <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, wants to rekindle one of the state's best basketball rivalries.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Baumgartner has introduced a bill that would require the University of Washington and Gonzaga University of Spokane to play at least once each season.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:19:01 +0000 The Associated Press 14707 at http://www.kplu.org Lobbyist-Paid Meals Legislation Appears To Die In Washington Statehouse http://www.kplu.org/post/lobbyist-paid-meals-legislation-appears-die-washington-statehouse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It looks like Washington lawmakers may adjourn their 60-day legislative session without addressing the issue of lobbyist-paid entertainment. Free meals for lawmakers became an issue last year after <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/influence-game-lobbyists-wine-dine-lawmakers-after-hours">we reported </a>on several state senators who regularly allowed lobbyists to pick up the tab.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:31:56 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14661 at http://www.kplu.org Lobbyist-Paid Meals Legislation Appears To Die In Washington Statehouse End In Sight For Washington Legislature, Still Plenty Of Work To Do http://www.kplu.org/post/end-sight-washington-legislature-still-plenty-work-do <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington lawmakers are in the home stretch — or at least they hope they are.</span></p><p>The current 60-day session is supposed to adjourn this coming Thursday. But the House and Senate still have to agree on an update to the two-year budget. And that’s not the only major issue that remains unresolved.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:23:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14569 at http://www.kplu.org End In Sight For Washington Legislature, Still Plenty Of Work To Do