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Legislation did not ensure people from affected districts make decisions   Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, today voted against House Bill 1079, citing his concern that the measure would allow out-of-district appointees...

Feb. 20, 2009

"Job number one for the Legislature right now is getting our fiscal house in order. First and foremost, we must address this year’s budget shortfall of more than $700 million."

Feb. 20, 2009

‘I know she’ll remember this experience for the rest of her life,’ says Schmick   Katelyn Andrews, her mother, Kim, and grandparents Clyde and Bonnie Andrews stood in hushed silence after...

Feb. 19, 2009

  House Bill 1819, the so-called “cap and trade” proposal which would ration carbon emissions, was approved Tuesday by the state House Ecology and Parks Committee. Mead Republican Matt Shea voted...

Feb. 18, 2009

Measure would allow creation of health sciences and services authority   A bill prime-sponsored by Rep. Norm Johnson would have widespread health care and economic benefits for Yakima County and the...

Feb. 18, 2009

‘We can and must do something, not nothing, now,’ Chandler says   House Democrats have sponsored a “title-only” bill which takes concepts from Rep. Bruce Chandler’s bill to provide employers with...

Feb. 18, 2009

In my Republican response to the governor’s State of the State address last month, I said the Legislature should cut non-essential services and set spending priorities to close a projected $7...

Feb. 18, 2009

  The House Ecology and Parks Committee passed House Bill 1819 today, the so-called cap and trade legislation. Rep. Shelly Short, the ranking Republican on the committee, called the bill a...

Feb. 17, 2009

What does the proposed Highway 522 expansion between Monroe and Maltby have to do with the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle? Unfortunately, everything if Gov. Gregoire has her way. For nearly...

Feb. 17, 2009

6th District Reps. Driscoll and Parker want action this session   Legislation to improve the deadly intersection at US 195 and Spokane Cheney Road was introduced today in the state House....

Feb. 16, 2009