Local Politics

Gov. Inslee vetoes legislative exemption bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on whether Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will veto a bill that circumvents a recent court ruling that found state lawmakers are fully subject to the state's Public Records Act. (all times local):9 p.m.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that sought to exempt Washington lawmakers from the state's Public Records Act, and legislators agreed to not take another vote to override his action.

Washington Legislature passes bump stock ban

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Legislature has passed a bill to ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly.The Senate voted 31-18 Tuesday to accept changes made by the House, which passed the bill on a 56-41 vote Friday after the chamber accepted an amendment that would allow the Washington State Patrol to set up a "buy back" program for people who already own the devices, known as bump stocks.

Washington newspapers urge veto of records exemption bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Ten newspapers in Washington state have published front page editorials urging Gov. Jay Inslee to veto a bill passed last week by the Legislature designed to circumvent a recent court ruling that found state lawmakers were fully subject to the state's public disclosure laws.

Oregon senator wants making threats against schools a felony

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Amid a spate of threats of attacks at schools following a Feb. 14 massacre in a Florida high school, a lawmaker in Oregon has introduced an amendment making it a felony to make such a threat in the state, even if it's not carried out.Sen. Tim Knopp, a Republican from the Central Oregon town of Bend where a 16-year-old was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly threatening to shoot students at a high school, introduced the amendment Monday.

Washington House passes bump stock ban

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington House amended and passed a bill to ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly.The bill moved on a 56-41 vote Friday after the chamber accepted an amendment that would allow the Washington State Patrol to set up a "buy back" program for people who already own the devices, known as bump stocks.The measure now heads for a final vote in the Senate, which passed the underlying measure last month on a 29-20 vote.

Oregon Senate advances tax plan, heads to House

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A controversial tax plan advanced in the Oregon Legislature Friday, heading toward a vote in the House.Legislators in the state Senate voted 16-13 to move the bill, which would disconnect part of the state's tax code from federal rules, and create a special process for high-earning Oregonians to avoid a cap imposed last year's federal tax overhaul.

Oregon lawmakers pass gun-control bill; governor to sign it

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - People convicted of stalking and domestic violence or with restraining orders in Oregon won't be able to buy or own guns or ammunition after the Senate passed a bill. It next goes to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

Eastern Wash. group decides it will not raffle AR-15 rifle at fundraiser

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - An Eastern Washington political committee has decided it will not auction an AR-15 rifle at its Lincoln Day Dinner in March because of criticism that is the same type of weapon used in last week's Florida high school massacre.The Stevens County Republican Central Committee said Tuesday it was removing an AR-15 from the March 24 auction because of the Florida shooting in which 17 people were killed.

Washington Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Senate has passed a measure to abolish the state's death penalty.Senate Bill 6052 passed on 26-22 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration. Previous efforts to ban the death penalty have failed to gain traction in recent years, in spite of a moratorium put in place by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2014. As long as the moratorium is in place, death row inmates will remain in prison rather than face execution.

Substitute teacher running against Washington state representative amid allegations

A small town substitute teacher from eastern Washington is gunning for sitting state representative's legislative seat. Democrat Sylvia Hammond challenged Rep. Matt Manweller, a three-term Republican and professor at Central Washington University.Manweller is currently on an administrative leave from CWU…

Oregon Governor declares addiction a public health crisis

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared addiction a public health crisis in the state.Brown on Tuesday announced an executive order setting a deadline for the state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to develop a plan, with intermediary deadlines as early as September. The plan would lay out steps for state agencies.

Oregon state lawmakers vote on making health care a right

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's Legislature is considering taking a step toward enshrining the right to health care in its state Constitution, which would be unprecedented in the United States.The House of Representatives votes on the bill Tuesday.A yes vote sends it to the Senate and approval would put it on the ballot for Oregon voters in November's election.The move comes as the Trump administration has tried to dismantle former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Washington House passes bill to protect net-neutrality rules

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In response to the Federal Communications Commission's recent repeal of net-neutrality rules, the Washington House on Friday passed a bill meant to ensure the state's residents don't see a disruption in internet service.

Senate unanimously approves Sharon Brown's suicide prevention bill

OLYMPIA… Today the Senate unanimously passed a bill from Sen. Sharon Brown that would promote a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education, with enhanced services to help students who are veterans. The bill is a…