Washington Ledge

Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature.Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

 

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Transportation
8:12 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Proposed Washington Law Would Ban Holding Phone While Driving

A proposed law would outlaw holding a wireless communications device while driving in Washington state.
Intel Free Press Flickr

It’s long been against the law to text and drive in Washington, but the rules would get much stricter under a proposal introduced Wednesday in the legislature.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:16 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Push To End Mandatory Arrest Of 16, 17-Year-Olds For Domestic Violence

Brianhe Wikimedia

When police are called to a report of domestic abuse, often someone goes to jail.

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Crime, Law and Justice
3:38 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

King County Defends Juvenile Strip Searches In Detention

Brianhe Wikimedia

At the juvenile detention facility in King County, Washington, strip searches are common practice at intake for serious and violent offenders or those accused of a drug crime.

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Government and Politics
4:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Propose The Darndest Things

Wikimedia

In the Washington state Legislature this year, there's a proposal to recognize the national day of the cowboy and a requirement that yellow traffic lights last four seconds at intersections with red light cameras.

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Education and Training
3:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Class Size Campaign Prepares To Do Battle With Washington Legislature

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will ask the legislature to amend a new voter-approved class size measure. That was the word this week from the governor’s budget director.

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Government and Politics
3:23 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

King County Prosecutor Puts Medical Marijuana Businesses 'On Notice'

Washington lawmakers say they are confident a bipartisan agreement will emerge to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

At a Tuesday news conference, King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said Washington’s unregulated medical marijuana industry is “unworkable” and “needs to be fixed.

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Crime, Law and Justice
3:53 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Father Of Slain Woman Lobbies For Mental Health Laws

Gary Kennison, right, and Kristen Otoupalik, left, help state Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, introduce a mental health-related bill named in honor of Kennison's murdered daughter Sheena Henderson.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The father of a Spokane woman shot to death by her husband in a murder-suicide is pushing for expanded mental health laws in Washington.

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Government and Politics
2:53 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Washington House Joins Senate In Banning Openly-Carried Guns In Galleries

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol review the runs of what is prohibited in the Senate's public viewing galleries. Both the Senate and House have now decided to include openly-carried guns on the list of prohibited items.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The Washington House has joined the state Senate in banning openly carried guns in the public viewing galleries.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:29 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Oso Hero Deputy Honored With Officer Of The Year Award

Snohomish County Sheriff's Deputy Glen Bergstrom receives the ''officer of the year'' medal from Lt. Governor Brad Owen.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

A Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy has been named “officer of the year” for his actions in the aftermath of the Oso landslide.

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Government and Politics
3:17 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Washington Senate Bans Open-Carry Guns In Public Galleries

The signs outside the Washington House and Senate public viewing galleries make it clear what is not allowed inside. The list includes umbrellas, backpacks and strollers, but not firearms.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Umbrellas, strollers and backpacks were already banned from the public viewing galleries in the Washington House and Senate.

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