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On TVW this week: Discussion about rules for ‘unstable slopes’ in wake of Oso mudslide

By | July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what TVW is covering live this week:

Monday, July 7 at 1 p.m.: TVW is live webcasting the first meeting of a joint legislative task force on “Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing.” The agenda is here, and TVW will live webcast the meeting at this link.

Tuesday, July 8 at 9 a.m.: TVW will be live on television and the web with a special meeting of the Forest Practices Board. In the wake of the deadly Oso mudslide, the board is considering new rules to “improve public safety and local and state coordination efforts for those living near unstable slopes.” It will also consider rules for aerial chemical spraying. The full agenda is available here, and TVW will webcast it at this link.

Wednesday, July 9 at 10 a.m.: TVW will be live on television and the web with the first meeting of a task force on nuclear energy. The meeting will be webcast at this link.

Wednesday, July 9 at 12 p.m.: Gov. Jay Inslee will hold a press conference to announce his proposal for updating the state’s clean water standards and fish consumption rate. TVW will live webcast the press conference at this link.

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On ‘The Impact:’ New television ads warn smokers about driving while high

By | June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Traffic safety officials are launching a new television advertising campaign in July to warn people about the consequences of driving after smoking pot.

The state’s first retail marijuana stores are set to open on July 8, and the ads coincide with stepped-up DUI patrols that will begin on July 1.

The campaign features three 30-second television commercials produced by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The message of the ads: You can do a lot of things high, but don’t drive. Here’s an example:

On this week’s edition of “The Impact,” host Jennifer Huntley talks with Shelly Baldwin, a program manager with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, about the new ad campaign.

Also on the show, find out about an upcoming change for registered domestic partners. Couples under the age of 62 who are registered domestic partners with the state will automatically become married on June 30. The change is part of the state’s 2012 law legalizing same-sex marriage.

More information about the conversion process is available online here.

“The Impact” airs on Wednesday, June 25 at 7 & 10 p.m.

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On TVW: Safety at marijuana stores, examination of criminal justice system

By | June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

TVW will be live with several events on Tuesday, June 24, including:

10 a.m.: The governor’s Results Washington group will meet to discuss its “education” initiative. TVW will live webcast the meeting, which will cover topics such as early learning and the opportunity gap.

10 a.m.: The House Finance Committee is holding a work session on the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties. The agenda is available here, and TVW will live webcast the meeting at this link.

12:30 p.m.: TVW will be live on television and the web with a press conference by Gov. Jay Inslee, who will discuss public safety efforts as the state prepares to open its first recreational marijuana retail stores. Also speaking at the press conference will be Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Washington State Liquor Control Board Chair Sharon Foster, and State Health Officer Kathy Lofy. The press conference will be live streamed at this link.

2 p.m.: Inslee will sign an executive order creating the Justice Reinvestment Task Force, which will conduct a data-driven review of the state’s criminal justice system. Washington state was selected to be one of 22 states to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Following the signing of the executive order, the task force will hold its first meeting. TVW will live webcast the event at this link, and it will be broadcast on television at a later time.

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On ‘The Impact:’ Education funding, ferry water monitoring system

By | June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday’s edition of “The Impact,” host Jennifer Huntley gets reaction from Representatives Ross Hunter, D-Medina, and Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, about the state Supreme Court’s latest order on education funding.

Plus, Carol Maloy of the Dept. of Ecology state ferry system describes a new partnership with scientists to learn more about the water in Puget Sound. A high-tech water monitoring device attached to the ferries measures the velocity of the water moving in and out of Puget Sound. It is currently in place on the “Salish” ferry, which crosses daily between between Port Townsend and Coupeville.

More information about the program can be found here.

Update: Watch “The Impact” below:

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Hundreds of bills passed by Legislature set to take effect this week

By | June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

More than 200 bills passed by the Washington State Legislature this year are set to go into effect on Thursday, including new laws dealing with tanning beds, religious holidays and the number of credits required for high school students to graduate.

Here is the full list of bills that passed and the date they take effect. Among those taking effect on June 12:

Religious holidays: State employees will be allowed to take two unpaid days off a year for religious reasons, and public school children will be excused for two days under Senate Bill 5173.

Military in-state tuition: Veterans and active duty military members will qualify for in-state tuition at Washington colleges and universities without having to first establish residency. Senate Bill 5318 waives the one-year waiting period for veterans, military members and their families.

Homeless fees: A $40 document recording fee that people pay during real estate transactions, such as buying or refinancing a house, is extended until 2019. The fee supports homeless shelters, affordable housing and other homeless programs.

24 credit diploma: Starting with the class of 2019, high school students will have to earn 24 credits for a diploma. The current minimum is 20 credits, although some school districts require more than the minimum. The bill also provides more opportunities for students to take career and technical classes that meet graduation requirements.

Tanning beds ban: Teenagers under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to use tanning beds in Washington. Senate Bill 6065 bans minors from using tanning beds, unless they have a written prescription for UV radiation treatment from a doctor. Tanning salons will be fined $250 for violations.

Domestic violence: Washington residents under domestic violence restraining orders will be barred from owning guns. The bill says that someone who is under a protection, no-contact, or restraining order related to domestic violence must surrender his or her guns to law enforcement.

Many of the other bills passed by the Legislature this year take effect July 1, including a bill that bans minors from purchasing cough syrup that contains dextromethorphan.

Also beginning July 1, all adoptees over the age of 18 will have access to their original birth certificates unless a birth parent files a form declining to release the information. More information about the law and forms are available at the Dept. of Health website here.

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On TVW: College bound scholarship, House Judiciary committee, Supreme Court

By | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what TVW is covering this week:

1 p.m. Monday, June 9: TVW will live webcast the College Bound Scholarship Program Work Group meeting. The program was created by the Legislature in 2007. It gives low-income middle school students a chance to earn a scholarship to college if they sign a pledge to keep a 2.0 GPA, commit no felonies and apply for college financial aid. Watch the webcast at this link.

9 a.m. Thursday, June 12: TVW will be live on television with the House Judiciary Committee as they hold a work session on the recreational land use immunity statute. The work session will be immediately followed by a joint session with the House Public Safety and Judiciary committees on several items related to legal financial obligations. Both meetings will be live webcast at TVW.org.

9 a.m. Thursday, June 12: TVW will live webcast the Washington Supreme Court arguments in a case involving Regence BlueShield’s refusal to cover treatments for autistic children. A lower court found that Regence’s exclusion for treatments violates Washington’s Mental Health Parity Act of 2006. TVW will live webcast the arguments here.

10 a.m. Friday, June 13: TVW will be live on television with the state Clemency and Pardons Board. The board will hear from seven people who are seeking to commute or pardon their sentences.

 

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TVW wins two Emmy Awards

By | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

TVW received two Emmy Awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Saturday.

Washington’s Food Fight,” a one-hour documentary about the debate over labeling GMO food, won an Emmy in the Politics/Government “Program/Special” category. Winners include host and producer Anita Kissee, photographers Lars Peterson, Markisha Lynch and Brett Hansen, and executive producers Greg Lane and Mike Bay.

TVW also won an Emmy for “Starcia,” a one-hour documentary about the life of Starcia Ague, who overcame her juvenile criminal history and received a rare pardon from former Gov. Chris Gregoire. It won in the Public/Current/Community Affairs “Program/Special” category for producer and writer David Johnson, producer and videographer Jason Gutz, and executive producers Greg Lane and Mike Bay.

TVW was nominated for a total of six Emmy Awards.

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Health department investigating cluster of birth defects in Eastern Washington

By | May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The state Department of Health is investigating more than two dozen cases of babies born with a rare birth defect in a three-county area in Eastern Washington.

From 2010 to 2013, there were 23 babies were born with anencephaly in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties — roughly four times the national average. Anencephaly is a neural tube defect in which the baby’s brain and skull do not fully form during the first month of pregnancy. Babies with the defect often die shortly after birth.

Kathy Lofy, state health officer for the Dept. of Health, spoke with Jennifer Huntley of “The Impact” about the ongoing investigation, and whether or not there is a link to the nearby Hanford nuclear site in Benton County. The show airs Wednesday, May 28 at 7 & 10 p.m.

More information about the investigation can be found here. Officials recommend that pregnant women take folic acid daily to prevent birth defects, and also have their water tested for nitrate and bacteria if drinking from a private well.

Update: Watch “The Impact” below:

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On TVW this week: Forum on teen brain development, swearing-in of new justice

By | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what we’re covering this week on TVW:

Monday, May 19 at 1 p.m.: The Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging & Disability is meeting to discuss several agenda items. TVW will be live on television and webcast the meeting at this link.

Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.: Washington Supreme Court justices will hear from experts about adolescent brain development and new developments in the juvenile justice system. Read more about the symposium here. Judge Mary Yu will be sworn in to serve as the newest justice on the state Supreme Court directly following the symposium. TVW will broadcast the symposium live on television, and webcast it at this link.

Tuesday, May 20 at 9 a.m.: TVW will live webcast the Public Records Exemptions Accountability Committee, also known as the “Sunshine Committee.” The meeting will be webcast at this link.

Tuesday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.: TVW will live webcast the Select Committee on Pension Policy. Watch the live webcast here.

Wednesday, May 21 at 7 & 10 p.m.: Find out how new research on the adolescent brain is changing how juveniles are treated in the justice system on this week’s edition of “The Impact.” Plus, young artists from around the state gather to showcase their art. Host Jennifer Huntley is filling in for Anita Kissee.

Thursday, May 22 at 7 & 10 p.m.: “Inside Olympia” host Austin Jenkins interviews Kris Johnson, head of the Association of Washington Business and David Giuliani, the co-founder of the Washington Business Alliance.

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Seattle high school wins national honors at mock trial competition

By | May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

A mock trial team from Seattle Prep won the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Wisconsin on Saturday, beating state championship teams from 45 other states.

The mock case examines a death at a rave in the Wisconsin woods. The victim’s lawyers argued that the dead man was poisoned by his business partner at an energy drink company, while the defense contends that the victim had a history of drug use.

Students received details about the case in April, and began preparing by studying cardiology, toxicology and intellectual property rights.

TVW will air the championship trial, which took place at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, later this month. TVW previously aired the Washington State Mock Trial State Competition in March.

The victory is the second time Washington state has won a national championship. Seattle’s Franklin High School took home the top prize in 2000.

More details about Washington’s mock trial program is available here.

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On TVW: Oso landslide review, regulating ‘party buses’ and tax preference review

By | May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A look at upcoming events:

A funeral service for tribal fishing activist Billy Frank Jr. will be held Sunday at the Squaxin Island Tribe’s event center at the Little Creek Casino Resort. Frank was a member of the Nisqually Tribe and died May 5 at the age of 83. He was arrested dozens of times during the “fish wars” protests of the 1960s. TVW will not cover the funeral, however the tribe will live stream it at this link.

Monday, May 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: The Washington Forest Practices Board will hold a special all-day board meeting to review the Oso landslide and to discuss regulatory protections. TVW will air the meeting live on television and webcast it at TVW.org.

Tuesday, May 13 at 10 a.m.: The House Capital Budget committee is holding a work session on storm water, flood risk reduction and water supply. TVW will air the work session live on television at the web.

Wednesday, May 14 at 10 a.m.: The Joint Transportation Committee is meeting at DuPont City Hall to discuss several issues, including the regulation of “party buses.” The Washington State Patrol will discuss its $40 million project to transition to digital radios and the patrol’s recent switch to Ford Interceptor SUV’s as their main patrol car. The committee will also get an update on the Alaskan Way Viaduct program and State Route 530, which was damaged in the Oso landslide. TVW will tape the meeting for air later and webcast it at TVW.org.

Friday, May 16 at 1 p.m.: TVW will broadcast the meeting of the Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. The commission meets periodically to consider public testimony and establish a schedule for review of tax preferences.

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On TVW: Gov. Inslee climate change event, ed funding report to state Supreme Court

By | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what TVW is covering live this week:

Tuesday, April 29 at 10:15 a.m.: Gov. Jay Inslee is holding a press conference to announce the “next steps in his plan to address climate change in Washington,” according to a news release. TVW will live webcast the event at Shoreline Community College at this link.

Tuesday, April 29 at 2 p.m.: A joint legislative committee will meet at the Capitol to adopt an education funding plan to submit to the Washington Supreme Court. The high court issued an order earlier this year requiring the Legislature to come up with a plan by April 30 explaining how the state will fund schools through 2018. TVW will be live on television and the web with the meeting.

Wednesday, April 30 at 9 a.m.: TVW will broadcast a memorial service event for former Washington State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers, who died in December. Speakers include Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst and attorney Paul Stritmatter. The event will also be live webcast at this link.

Wednesday, April 30 at 10 a.m.: Inslee’ss Results Washington group will meet to discuss progress on the initiative, which intends to bring “lean management” techniques to state government in five areas: education, environment, health, economy and government. TVW will live webcast the meeting, which will focus on the health category.

Thursday, May 1 at 9 a.m.: The Economic & Revenue Forecast Council will adopt the state’s budget outlook. TVW is live webcasting the meeting.

Thursday, May 1 at 12 p.m.: TVW will be live on television and the web as Gov. Jay Inslee announces his appointment to the Washington Supreme Court. Watch the webcast at this link.

Friday, May 2 at noon: The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee will hold a public hearing on the Cowlitz Indian Tribe gaming compact. The tentative gaming compact would allow the tribe to build up to two gambling facilities on 152 acres west of La Center. TVW will air the hearing live on television and the web.

Friday, May 2 at 1 p.m.: TVW will live webcast the Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor/Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson will recognize officers who have died in the line of duty or displayed “exceptionally meritorious conduct.” TVW is live webcasting the ceremony at this link.


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On TVW: Columbia River Crossing audit, health insurance update

By | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what we’re covering live on TVW this week:

Wednesday, April 23 at 10 a.m.: A recent state audit found the Columbia River Crossing project included $17 million in questionable payments. The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee will review the audit, as well as discuss a report about competency evaluations completed by the Dept. of Social and Health Services. The full agenda is here. TVW will be live on television and the web with the hearing.

Wednesday, April 23 at 11 a.m.: TVW will live webcast a press conference in Seattle with Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray as they discuss health insurance enrollments in Washington state. State healthcare officials will release new data, including private health insurance figures, demographic information and the types of plans selected. Watch the live webcast at this link.

Wednesday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m.: The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee will hear public testimony on three recent state audits: Medicaid managed care, safe data disposal and performance-based funded for higher education institutions. TVW will be live on television and the web with the hearing.

Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.: TVW will air a previously recorded Seattle CityClub forum with U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, who will discuss partisanship and finding common ground in Congress. Political journalist Robert Mak will moderate the program.

Thursday, April 24 at 12 p.m.: A legislative task force on career education opportunities will meet to discuss its goals. The group was created to look at ways that schools can better prepare students for careers, including technical and career courses. TVW will be live on television and the webcast it at this link.

Thursday, April 24 at 7 & 10 p.m.: Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom will sit down for an in-depth interview with “Inside Olympia” host Austin Jenkins.

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TVW nominated for six Emmy Awards

By | April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

TVW was nominated for six Emmy Awards by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Friday.

Washington’s Food Fight,” a one-hour documentary about the debate over labeling GMO food, was nominated in the Politics/Government “Program/Special” category. Those nominated include host and executive producer Anita Kissee, videographers Lars Peterson, Markisha Lynch and Brett Hansen, producers Greg Lane and Mike Bay.

Anita Kissee was also nominated separately as the writer of the documentary. Videographers Lars Peterson and Markisha Lynch were nominated separately in the photographer category.

A segment on “The Impact” dealing with GMO foods was nominated in the Public/Current/Community Affairs “Feature/Segment” category. Those nominated include host and executive producer Anita Kissee, director Nate Shaw and senior production technicians Markisha Lynch and Lars Peterson.

An episode of “Inside Olympia” that focuses on the threat of mega-earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest was nominated in the Interview/Discussion “Program/Special” category. Those nominated include host Austin Jenkins, producer Christina Salerno, producer Mike Bay and photographer Aaron Qualls.

Starcia” is a one-hour look at the life of Starcia Ague, who overcame her juvenile criminal history and received a rare pardon from former Gov. Chris Gregoire. It was nominated in the Public/Current/Community Affairs “Program/Special” category for Director of Education Resources David Johnson, special projects manager Jason Gutz, producer Greg Lane and VP of Programming Mike Bay.

The full list of all nominees for the 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards is available here. The winners will be announced June 7.

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On TVW this week: Ed funding, Hanford cleanup and lobbyist-provided meals

By | April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what TVW will be covering live this week:

Monday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m.: A joint legislative committee tasked with interacting with the Washington Supreme Court on education funding issues will meet in Seattle. The high court issued an order earlier this year requiring the Legislature to come up with a plan by April 30 explaining how the state will fund schools through 2018.

The committee will discuss the court’s order, as well legislation related to education funding that was passed or proposed during the 2014 session. TVW will live webcast the meeting at this link.

Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m.: Gov. Jay Inslee‘s Results Washington group will meet to discuss progress on the initiative, which intends to bring “lean management” techniques to state government in five areas: education, environment, health, economy and government.

The meeting will focus on the “Sustainable Energy and a Clean Environment” category. Participants include Inslee, Dept. of Ecology director Maia Bellon, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife director Phil Anderson, Dept. of Health Secretary John Wiesman and several others.

TVW will live webcast the meeting at this link.

Tuesday, April 15 at noon: The Legislative Ethics Board will discuss meals and drinks that are provided as gifts to legislators. It is the first step in developing a formal rule on the issue. The discussion comes out of news reports about several Washington lawmakers who regularly allow lobbyists to pick up dinner tabs.

The meeting agenda also includes “informal advice” about two proposed trips by legislators. TVW will air the meeting live on television and webcast it at this link.

Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m.: The three government agencies in charge of the Hanford nuclear waste cleanup are holding a “State of the Hanford Site” public meeting to discuss cleanup progress, challenges and priorities related to the site. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will deliver presentations and hold an open discussion about Hanford.

TVW will live webcast the public forum at this link.

Wednesday, April 16 at 3 p.m.: The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council will present a budget outlook. The meeting will be live webcast by TVW at this link.

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On TVW this week: Retirement insecurity, outdoor task force, fish and wildlife meeting

By | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here are the events TVW is covering live this week:

Tuesday, April 8 at 10 a.m.: TVW will live broadcast a work session held by Democratic lawmakers on the issue of retirement insecurity. Several experts will discuss retirement issues faced by many of the state’s residents.

Participants include Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Kent), Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle), Sen. Maralyn Chase (D-Shoreline), Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle); plus Diane Oakley, Executive Director, National Institute on Retirement Security; Teresa Ghilarducci, Director Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School For Social Research; Terry Gardiner, VP Policy and Strategy, Small Business Majority; and Ingrid McDonald, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington.

Wednesday, April 9 at 9 a.m.: TVW will live webcast the first meeting of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation, which was established by Gov. Jay Inslee in an executive order. The 28-member task force must come up with a plan by September to promote Washington’s parks and outdoor recreation assets, with a focus on increasing jobs and outdoor activities. The meeting agenda is available here. The task force includes 16 members involved in recreation businesses or organizations, such as REI and Sierra Club, four legislators and eight state agency representatives.

Watch the live webcast at this link.

April 11-12, 8:30 a.m.: TVW will live webcast the two day meeting of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The full agenda is available here. Webcast links can be found on TVW’s daily schedule page.

Today on TVW: Medal of Honor ceremony, UW minimum wage debate

By | April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

TVW will live webcast the following events on Wednesday, April 2:

11 a.m.: A public ceremony honoring the three most recent Washington state Medal of Honor recipients will be held Wednesday at the Capitol Rotunda. Leroy A. Petry, Ty M. Carter and William D. Swenson received the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government for their actions during the Afghanistan war.

Gov. Jay Inslee and Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, the Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will speak at the ceremony. Following the ceremony, the medal recipients will see their names unveiled on the state Medal of Honor monument on the Capitol campus.

TVW will live webcast the ceremony at this link.

7 p.m.: National and local experts will debate minimum wage at the University of Washington on Wednesday evening. “The Minimum Wage Debate” is hosted by the Washington Policy Center’s young professionals group and will be moderated by Robert Mak.

Panelists include Steve Moore of The Wall Street Journal, Sarah Jane Glynn of the Center for American Progress, T. William Lester of University of North Carolina, Steve Hooper co-founder of Kigo Kitchens in Seattle, Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, and Rep. Chris Reykdal, D–Tumwater.

TVW will live webcast the debate at this link.

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Legislative Year in Review

By | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

On this special one-hour edition of “Legislative Year in Review,” we recap the highlights from the 2014 session — from opening day to Sine Die. The show includes debate over issues such as the Dream Act, minimum wage, gun control, abortion insurance bill, death penalty, mental health, teacher evaluations, taxing e-cigarettes and the supplemental budget. Plus, a quick wrap-up of several of the bills that passed this year. Watch the show below:

On ‘Legislative Review:’ Highlights from the final week of session

By | March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

On our 30-minute weekly edition of “Legislative Review,” we recap the highlights from the final week of session — including the Sine Die ceremony, debate over the supplemental budget and the passage of a bill to help fund homeless programs.

Watch the show below:

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2014 Roundup: What bills passed, what didn’t pass during session

By | March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Washington State Legislature adjourned shortly before midnight on Thursday, the final day of the regular 2014 session. It’s the first time since 2009 that lawmakers finished their work without going into an overtime special session.

Here’s an overview of what lawmakers accomplished — and didn’t accomplish — during the session.

PASSED:

Supplemental budget: Both chambers agreed on a supplemental operating budget that spends about $155 million, including $58 for K-12 books and supplies. It also adds additional money to the mental health system, early learning and prisons. It does not include any new taxes or tax breaks, nor does it include teacher pay raises.

Dream Act/Real Hope Act: The Dream Act allows undocumented immigrants to apply for state need grants to help pay for college. The House passed its version of the Dream Act on opening day. The Senate renamed it the Real Hope Act and added $5 million to the state need grant. It was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in February.

Homeless fees: As part of a last-minute deal, lawmakers agreed to extend until 2019 a $40 document recording fee that people pay during real estate transaction, such as buying or refinancing a house. The fee supports homeless shelters, affordable housing and other services and was scheduled to sunset unless the Legislature took action.

24 credit diploma: Starting with the class of 2019, high school students will have to earn 24 credits for a diploma. The current minimum is 20 credits, although some school districts require more than the minimum. The bill will also provide more opportunities for students to take career and technical classes that meet graduation requirements.

Tanning beds ban: Teenagers under the age of 18 would no longer be allowed to use tanning beds in Washington. Senate Bill 6065 bans minors from using tanning beds, unless they have a written prescription for UV radiation treatment from a doctor. Tanning salons would be fined $250 for violations.

Domestic violence: Washington residents under domestic violence restraining orders will soon be barred from owning guns. The bill says that someone who is under a protection, no-contact, or restraining order related to domestic violence must surrender his or her guns to law enforcement.

Drones: The Legislature approved a bill that puts limits government agencies that use drones, or remote-controlled monitoring devices, for surveillance. An agency may only use a drone after getting a warrant or under several exceptions, such as a fire or other emergency.

Religious holidays: State employees will be allowed to take two unpaid days off a year for religious reasons, and public school children will be excused for two days under a bill approved by the Legislature.

Military in-state tuition: Veterans and active duty military members will soon qualify for in-state tuition at Washington colleges and universities without having to first establish residency. Senate Bill 5318 waives the one-year waiting period for veterans, military members and their families.

Short-barreled rifles: Washington gun owners will soon be allowed to own a short-barreled rifle under a bill approved by the Legislature. It is currently a felony to own a gun with a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches, or to have a modified gun that is shorter than 26 inches overall. (more…)