Courts, Trump tussle over immigration

Administration begins appeal of court order

The Trump administration is appealing a Seattle judge’s ruling against the president’s restrictions on those entering the U.S. from some Muslim countries.

Seattle judge may restrain Trump order

Hearing set for this afternoon on state motion

A U.S. District Court judge may issue a temporary restraining order today on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order directing the deportation of illegal aliens.

Rep. Newhouse co-sponsors so-called ‘dreamer’ measure

Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, yesterday co-sponsored a measure to protect so-called “dreamers” from being deported in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Feedlot operators seek state Clean Air Act exemptions

Effort gets backing from Honeyford

Cattle feeders across Washington may become exempt from state regulations on dust kicked up by their livestock and equipment if a bills being considered by the 2017 Legislature become law.

McCabe revives Travis Alert Act

Bill would relay disability information

A Klickitat County lawmaker is trying again for passage of the Travis Alert Act.

GOP appoints Prosser legislator

A Prosser man serving his first term as a state legislator has been appointed one of his party’s leaders.

Taylor drops bill to revamp electoral vote

HB1327 filed before Trump inauguration

Two Eastern Washington lawmakers have introduced a bill to revamp the allocation process for the state’s electoral college votes.

Newhouse votes to repeal

Sunnyside Congressman Dan Newhouse voted Friday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare.”

Legislators consider bills on use of deadly force by law enforcement

A legislative task force recommended lawmakers amend the statute protecting law enforcement officers from prosecution if they use deadly force.

Franz sworn in as lands commissioner

Environmental activist Hilary Franz was sworn in yesterday as the state’s 14th commissioner of public lands.

State to delay education plan to fall

State officials are delaying submission of the education plan required as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.

Lawmakers get a jump start on session

Abortion, marijuana among issues in early bill filings

As the 105-day session of the 2017 Washington Legislature began Monday, several contentious issues loomed in addition to the biggest agenda item of all: funding basic education.

Bill would tighten police seizure of assets

Rep. Taylor co-sponsors new legislation

A Yakima Valley lawmaker wants to change how law enforcement seizes assets.

Legislators agree: Basic education to dominate 2017 session

Finding the dollars to meet the Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund basic education as required by the state constitution is the dominant issue facing legislators in the 2017 session.

Senate selects Honeyford

A Sunnyside man was elected to a leadership post yesterday during the first day of the legislative session.