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Politics WA asks court for more time to deal with education budget WA asks court for more time to deal with education budget
The Legislature needs more time to figure out a state education budget before it can properly reply to a contempt order from the Washington Supreme Court, the state attorney general told the high court Monday.
Politics GOP ethics bills get airing in Oregon House committee GOP ethics bills get airing in Oregon House committee
Local government officials and lobbyists told an Oregon legislative committee Monday that it would be too expensive and time consuming to comply with a proposal to strengthen the state's public records laws.
Politics 'Your Voice Your Vote': Gun regulation backlash & how Gov. Brown stacks up against possible GOP candidates   'Your Voice Your Vote': Gun regulation backlash & how Gov. Brown stacks up against possible GOP candidates (Video)
Possible new gun regulations are the straw that broke the camel's back for one grass-roots group. Now, some lawmakers in Salem are targets of a recall attempt. KATU's Steve Dunn talks to Norm Voshall, a representative from the group Oregonians for Social Accountability that's leading the recall charge against two lawmakers, and Jake Weigler, spokesman for Oregon Alliance For Gun Safety, a group that supports new gun regulations. Plus, a new poll shows how Governor Kate Brown stacks up against possible GOP candidates in the 2016 election. Steve Dunn talks to one of those Republicans, former state party chair Allen Alley.
Politics Inslee calls for special session to start next Wednesday Inslee calls for special session to start next Wednesday
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday called for a special session to start April 29 in order for lawmakers to finish work on a two-year state operating budget, but said that he wants budget negotiators in his office on Monday to get a head start.
Politics Inslee believes auditor's pay can be withheld Inslee believes auditor's pay can be withheld
A spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday they believe the state has the authority to withhold pay from indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley, based on legal advice received from the state attorney general's office.
Politics Oregon committee OKs more background checks on firearm sales Oregon committee OKs more background checks on firearm sales
Legislation expanding background checks will be getting a full House vote for the first time since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting after an Oregon House committee narrowly approved it on a party-line vote.
Politics Oregon lawmakers advance vaccine bill to budget committee Oregon lawmakers advance vaccine bill to budget committee
An Oregon Senate committee advanced a vaccine bill ahead of a key deadline Tuesday, passing a measure that seeks to increase the number of immunized children and requires schools to publish vaccination rates.