Patty Murray, Chris Vance Meet in First Senate DebateThough they disagreed about many issues Murray and Vance engaged in a cordial debate, something they both said they hoped they'd be able to accomplish in light of the nasty presidential election.
Senate Rejects Gun Curbs, Despite Orlando MassacreA divided Senate rejected rival plans to bolster the federal background check system and moved toward blocking other proposed curbs on guns Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando's mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in election-year gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists.
Washington Senate Passes Bill On Police Body CamerasThe Senate on Friday passed a bill that limits broad requests for police body-camera videos while keeping key footage available to the public.
Senate Passes Bill To Study Use Of Deadly Force By PoliceThe American Civil Liberties Union of Washington says the state is one of the most difficult places to prosecute an officer for improper shootings.
Senate Budget Seeks Money For Mental Health, Charter Schools, Wildfire Damage RepairMany Senate Republicans have prioritized saving the state's charter school system, which was ruled unconstitutional last year by the state Supreme Court
Senate Majority Leader To Offer Bill Allowing Tesla To Sell Cars To ConsumersThe majority leader of the Connecticut Senate says he'll introduce legislation that would allow electric vehicle manufacturers, including Tesla Motors, to sell cars directly to consumers.
Senate Passes Class Size Initiative DelayThe Legislature on Thursday approved the final component of a $38.2 billion state operating budget
Oregon Committee To Vote On Gun Background Checks BillAn Oregon Senate committee is scheduled to vote on a proposal requiring background checks on all private firearms sales.
Senate Confirms Supreme Court Justice Jim SheaThe state Senate has confirmed Justice Jim Shea to the Montana Supreme Court.
Governor Signs Right To Try BillGov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill allowing terminally ill patients to seek experimental medical treatments.
House Votes To Strike Local Bans On Church Homeless CampsCity and county governments across Washington will lose some ability to restrict church-hosted homeless encampments under a bill passed by the House of Representatives.
'Sheena's Law' Passes Senate, Notifies Family Members When Confiscated Guns ReturnedSenators voted 49-0 Friday morning in favor of a bill named for Sheena Henderson, who was shot to death by her husband in a murder-suicide at Spokane's Deaconess Hospital in July 2014

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