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As 2014 legislative season ends, education funding remains key
Thu, Mar 20, 2014
The short 60-day legislative session that concluded last week in Olympia was remarkable for a number of reasons. For one thing, we adjourned on time. As our state grows more complex and our population continues to increase - with corresponding...
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Lawmakers head home, many issues unresolved
Sat, Mar 15, 2014
OLYMPIA — After 60 long days in Olympia, state lawmakers wrapped up another legislative session just before midnight Thursday, waiting almost until the final minutes to pass their last bills but leaving many on the table. And while some major measures cleared the final hurdles to head to the governor, many Read More
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Bill to fund teachers would tax refineries’ waste fuel
Thu, Mar 6, 2014
OLYMPIA — Refineries in Skagit and Whatcom counties could feel a financial hit if a bill to repeal tax exemptions makes its way to the governor’s desk. House Bill 2796, sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, is aimed at closing four tax exemptions in favor of using the roughly $100 million Read More
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Lytton named 'Legislator of the Year' by Humane Society
Mon, Feb 10, 2014
Washington state Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, played a key role in settling years of conflict by helping to craft a resolution ensuring ranchers will be reimbursed for livestock losses and that avoids pushing the state's grey wolf population back toward extinction.
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State bill would help Whatcom County, Bellingham handle mussel threat
Thu, Jan 23, 2014
Companion bills in the state House and Senate would expand the state's authority to stop boaters from importing invasive mussels. As the bill works its way through the state Legislature, Whatcom County and Bellingham officials will decide ho...
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Education one of many issues Whatcom's state lawmakers will squeeze into short session
Sun, Jan 12, 2014
When the state Legislature opens the 2014 session on Monday, Jan. 13, in Olympia, it will face competing priorities: a renewed call to increase education funding and a desire to finish the 60-day session on time. Last year's 105-day, bud...
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Lytton named to state education oversight panel
Thu, Aug 1, 2013
State Rep. Kristine Lytton has been named to a bipartisan committee that will monitor how a new law designed to help persistently failing public schools improve goes into effect.   Drafted in large part by Lytton, D-Anacortes, Senate bill 5329, approved in this year’s legislative session, directs the Office of the Superintendent Read More
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State to rename bridge for fallen trooper
Tue, Jul 30, 2013
The Washington State Transportation Commission on Tuesday approved changing the name of the Skagit River Bridge to the Trooper Sean M. O’Connell Jr. Memorial Bridge. The commission approved the request of 40th Legislative District legislators Sen. Kevin Ranker and Reps. Jeff Morris and Kristine Lytton to rename the bridge, which carries Read More
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Time to stop ‘kicking the can’ | Guest column
Fri, Feb 10, 2012
Ferry funding has been an ongoing issue every year since the motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) disappeared 12 years ago. And each year, after threatening cuts in service, the legislature has been able to beg, borrow and steal funds from other transportation accounts to keep the ferries going.
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