OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature has approved a measure to crack down on prohibited gun buyers in Washington state.Under the measure, gun dealers would be required to alert the Washington State Patrol when someone doesn't pass a background check when trying to buy or transfer a gun.The House voted 83-13 on Friday to concur with suggested changes from the Senate, which unanimously passed the bill Thursday.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature has approved a measure that would make a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony in Washington state.
The Benton County Republican Party will be ranking the sheriff candidates at a public meeting Thursday night in the next step to deciding on a new Benton County Sheriff.
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is in Iraq.
Ruling-party candidate Lenin Moreno has been declared the winner in Ecuador's presidential election although his rival has yet to concede defeat after several exit polls showed him winning by a small but comfortable margin.
A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump's free speech defense against a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters during his campaign.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lawmakers are considering joining three other states to allow students to use marijuana in school for medical purposes.
Washington state lawmakers are considering measures that would "ban the box," which means certain employers would not be allowed to force an applicant to check a box if they have a criminal history until after the person is determined to be otherwise qualified for the job.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) ��� Measures to tax vapor, e-cigarettes and other nicotine products are being considered by lawmakers in Washington state.A bill in the House proposes treating vapor products and e-cigarettes like tobacco products, which are generally taxed at 95 percent of the wholesale price. Another measure proposes a 60 percent tax. In many areas of the state consumers on average pay a 9.5 percent sales tax rate on vapor products.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal that would privatize the process for transgender individuals to make changes to their birth certificates cleared the Oregon House on Wednesday in a 37-23 vote.Under House Bill 2673, transgenders with Oregon birth certificates would be able to update their names and genders through a private process under the Oregon Health Authority, circumventing public paper trials and involvement of the courts. The bill now heads to the Senate.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Military surplus Humvees could soon share the Oregon streets and roadways with minivans, hatchbacks and compact electric cars.A proposal began advancing in the Legislature last week that would make Oregon one of the few states to allow retired military Humvees on the roadways for civilian use by giving the same special registration used for antique cars and street rods. Street use would be limited to only special events like exhibitions and parades.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the Oregon Legislature considers sweeping cutbacks and tax hikes to close ag $1.6 billion budget deficit, an education ballot initiative that voters overwhelmingly approved in November may be on the chopping block before it goes into effect.A group of education advocates and bipartisan lawmakers are now demanding the Legislature carry out the will of Oregon voters and fully fund the $300 million per-biennium cost as required by Measure 98.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown says her new adviser, a recently-retired state lawmaker, cannot lobby lawmakers after all.This comes after a Eugene newspaper said new adviser Peter Buckley's work in the Legislature could be hamstrung by a 2007 ethics law that Brown chiefly sponsored.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers are more than halfway through this year's 105-day legislative session, and fully funding education has been the top issue at the Capitol, with Senate Republicans and House Democrats having each passed their own education funding proposals but still working toward negotiating a final plan.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are looking to homeowners and the tax breaks they receive as one potential solution to the state's $1.6 billion budget deficit for the next two years.Debates are being held in Salem this week on two proposals that would reduce or eliminate the allowable deductions that some homeowners can claim from mortgage interest and property taxes.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A measure to ban holding a phone while driving passed in the House a day after a similar measure passed in the Senate.House Bill 1371 received a 52-45 vote in the Democratic-controlled House Tuesday.Under the measure, drivers would be banned from holding any hand-held devices while driving including phones, tablets and other electronic devices.Currently it is a $136 infraction if caught texting or holding a phone to the ear while driving.