Domestic-violence survivor, Pearson succeed in tightening law

By Kirk Pearson | Published: May 21, 2015
OLYMPIA… Six years ago police went to Barbara Holland’s home and arrested the man who had tortured and threatened to kill her. She would learn that due to a change in state law approved just days after the assault, her attacker – a first-time domestic-violence felony offender – would not be supervised after being released...
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‘Aiden’s Act’ now law

By Steve O'Ban | Published: May 19, 2015
O’Ban says reform will better protect children when abuse is suspected Sen. Steve O’Ban’s effort to bring about swifter government intervention in cases of suspected child abuse culminated Monday with the signing of “Aiden’s Act.” O’Ban, chair of the Senate human-services committee, named the law created by Senate Bill 5888 for Aiden Barnum, a Port...
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State revenue more than enough to fund education, state budget

By Andy Hill | Published: May 18, 2015
Washington state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council today released its second quarter revenue forecast, which was moved ahead from June, showing an increase of $327 million in revenue for the 2015-17 biennium. Since session began in January the state has seen $1.1 billion of additional revenue and resources added to the state budget outlook. Sen....
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Western Hockey League teams protected by new legislation

By Joe Fain | Published: May 18, 2015
The Western Hockey League provides an important opportunity for young amateur hockey players to develop their skills and earn college scholarships. However, four Washington teams including the Kent-based Thunderbirds faced potential shutdown after a complaint filed with the state claimed players were professional athletes and therefore subject to certain wage and labor laws. Recognizing the...
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As forecast adds $400 million, Padden joins call for tax relief for small business

By Mike Padden | Published: May 18, 2015
A positive tax-revenue forecast is leading three state senators to call for a tax cut, saying this is the time for relief, not more spending. State Sens. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Michael Padden, R-Spokane Valley, are calling for a reduction in business and occupations taxes. Their plan would use half of the...
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Bailey bill ensures Kelley won’t boost pension during his unpaid leave

By Barbara Bailey | Published: May 14, 2015
As state Auditor Troy Kelley takes time off to defend himself against accusations of lying, cheating and stealing, a bill sponsored by state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, ensures he won’t rack up credit toward a state pension. Her measure would block statewide elected officials who are under felony indictment from garnering “service credit” when...
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