The state Legislature adjourned on July 10 after a record-setting 176 days. In this hour-long edition of "Legislative Year in Review," we recap the highlights of the significant bills that passed -- and failed to pass -- during the regular and overtime sessions. Continue reading ‘Legislative Year in Review’ recaps the extended 2015 session
Gov. Jay Inslee told reporters on Wednesday raising the minimum wage could be "up to the people," after an announcement by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, that the legislation would not pass this year. Baumgartner, the chair of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, said Tuesday that bill would not pass his committee. “This proposed minimum wage increase would be devastating to countless small businesses,” Baumgartner said in a prepared statement. “I won’t put people in Eastern Washington out of work to placate the egos of extreme Seattle liberals." House Bill 1355 would have raised the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2016, $10.50 in 2017, $11 in 2018, reaching $12 an hour in 2019, and then be adjusted for inflation afterward. The bill passed 51 to 46 off the House floor. Inslee had requested the minimum wage increase legislation.
Here's our 15-minute recap of Tuesday's legislative activities. We have highlights from the minimum wage debate, as well as several other bills that passed off the House and Senate floor. Continue reading Tuesday recap on ‘Legislative Review’
The state minimum wage would rise to $12 an hour by 2019 under a bill introduced on Thursday by House Democrats. They’re also calling for a minimum standard for paid sick days. Continue reading Bills for paid sick leave, $12 minimum wage introduced
Gov. Jay Inslee pledged to work on a transportation package, increased funding for pre-kindergarten and a minimum wage increase in his 2015 State of the State address, framing his policy decisions as an investment in Washington's residents. Continue reading Inslee makes case for capital gains tax, carbon charges in 2015 State of State
Advocates for a higher statewide minimum wage rallied at the Capitol Thursday following a hearing in the House Labor & Workforce Development committee on the issue. Continue reading Minimum wage debate revived at Capitol
On this special one-hour edition of "Legislative Year in Review," we recap the highlights from the 2014 legislative 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: Continue reading Legislative Year in Review
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