From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama’s proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines has struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions — and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions.
Gun rights and gun control groups joined prosecutors and lawmakers Wednesday in demanding some tough love for kids who illegally carry firearms, saying teen gun violence is on the rise and current laws aren’t up to the task of dealing with it.
The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved a 16 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students for the 2012-13 academic year.
More than three dozen Washington state lawmakers are asking the federal government to reclassify marijuana so it can be prescribed by doctors.
Top state lawmakers are split on whether the Legislature should be taking votes on gay marriage during the state’s budget crisis, with Republican leaders saying it will create an unnecessary distraction.