Author: Eric Florip

Republicans tip cards on transportation talks

When state lawmakers adjourned last week, it marked the second time in two years that leaders left Olympia without striking a deal on a broad transportation revenue package for maintenance […]

Rivers reacts to pot bill failure, and other notes from 2014 session

In the final days of the Washington Legislature's 2014 session, one of the most talked-about bills was Senate Bill 5887, a proposal to overhaul the state's medical marijuana system as […]

Public records training bill on its way to Inslee

At least one policy group called it a touchdown without an extra point. In last week's flurry of legislative activity, Washington lawmakers approved a bill that would require public and elected […]

Herrera Beutler praises flood insurance relief bill

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, this week praised the approval of a flood insurance relief bill that cleared the House on a bipartisan vote. H.R. 3370, called the Homeowner Flood […]

CRC on the ropes? Shhh… Don’t tell the FTA

2013 was a tough year for the Columbia River Crossing. One state pulled out of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement after lawmakers authorized no money for it. Much of the […]

House rules: Hang up or pay up

You've probably witnessed this before: The sudden, obnoxious burst of a cell phone ringtone, immediately followed by the offender clumsily scrambling to quiet it. This may happen during a meeting […]

TVW to lawmakers: Don’t let us go dark

Anyone who follows the Washington Legislature from afar knows it's not always easy or practical to get to Olympia in person. Think it's a hassle to drive to the state Capitol […]

Did Benton’s bill seal the CRC’s fate in Salem?

When the Washington state Senate passed Sen. Don Benton's bill blocking the transfer of seized property to an agency of another state -- a clear shot at the Columbia River […]

Washington legislators make their case against CRC

A group of Washington lawmakers this week made their latest case against the Columbia River Crossing, again urging their Oregon counterparts to put the brakes on the controversial Interstate 5 […]

Pike, Vick see first bills clear House

This week marked a milestone for state Reps. Liz Pike, R-Camas, and Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver. The two lawmakers each saw their first bill pass the House -- and both without […]

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