Distracted Driving Penalties Could Increase StatewideHouse Bill 1371 would expand the current law so drivers would not be allowed to hold any personal electronic device with their hands while driving, with the exception of amateur radios and to conduct "minimal use of a finger" to activate programs like a navigation system or Siri on the iPhone.
Inslee Signs Judicial Review Of Mental Health DecisionsGov. Jay Inslee has signed a law that will allow family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others.
Montana Senate Endorses Bill To Help Halt Human Trafficking A bill aiming to halt human trafficking in Montana is one vote away from passing through the Legislature.
Agreement On New US Education Law Would Aid Washington StateU.S. Sen. Patty Murray says she has reached an agreement with her Republican counterpart on the Senate education committee to fix the federal No Child Left Behind education law.
Uber Close To Return In Portland, Oregon, With RegulationsMonths after suspending operations in Portland, Uber is on the verge of returning to the city and operating under regulations.
A Look At Microbrewery Laws Being Considered NationwideLawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry.
Florist Who Refused To Do Flowers For Gay Wedding To AppealA florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding plans to appeal a judge's ruling that she broke a state antidiscrimination law.
Jury: Apple And Samsung Were Illegally Using Each Other's PatentsThe jury awarded Apple nearly $120 million, much lower than the $2.2 billion Apple demanded.
Hawaii Lawmakers Agree To End Police Sex LoopholeLegislation in new crime bill will revoke a legal exemption that allow police officers to have sex with prostitutes.
Hawaii Law Lets Police Have Sex With ProstitutesPolice say officers need legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act.
Bill To Prevent Gay Conversion Passes HouseBill would help protect anyone under 18 from being forced to undergo "gay conversion therapy."
Colorado Mulls Lessons From 1st Month Of Pot SalesPoll shows Coloradans still support legal weed but worry it tarnishes the image of the state.