Washington legislature

Inland Journal, Jan. 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2018

Inland Journal for January 4, 2018

    ▪    We’ll preview some of the important issues that will go before the Washington and Idaho legislatures this year, including a possible change in how Idaho schools are funded. We’ll talk with Idaho state Representative Wendy Horman about a few of the recommendations of a committee that’s worked on that for the last two years.
    ▪    We look at some of the important issues that will arise during the legislative sessions and some of the wishes of Spokane-area folks.
    ▪    We talk with Spokane Mayor David Condon about his veto of a city campaign finance ordinance.
    ▪    We remember the late Spokane artist Harold Balazs.

Issues and Wishes For Upcoming Legislative Sessions

Jan 4, 2018
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There are other important issues before the two legislatures. Idaho lawmakers may again take up the repeal of the state’s grocery tax. Lawmakers in both chambers approved the repeal toward the end of the 2017 session, but Governor Butch Otter vetoed it after legislators adjourned. Some legislative leaders say they believe the bill be approved again early in the session so they would have time to override another veto.

In Washington, school funding will again get much of the attention. But water rights on private property will also be an important issue.

NW News Network

Washington’s school funding saga may soon come to an end, but tensions between two of the branches of state government are still evident. Four legislators who participated in a legislative forum in Spokane on Thursday expressed varying levels of surprise and frustration over the court’s actions in two major cases.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

WEB SPECIAL: Excerpts from Greater Spokane Incorporated's annual legislative forum.

Moderator: GSI State Lobbyist Jim Hedrick

Panelists: Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville); Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland); Rep. Mike Volz (R-Spokane); Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane)

Topics: K-12 education/McCleary decision; Water rights/Hirst decision; paid sick leave; sexual harassment; carbon tax/business climate; gas tax/pay per mile; health care costs

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