Editorial — Legislature needs to reach transportation consensus

May 27, 2015

State legislators are closer than they’ve been in years to reaching a deal to fix the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. They must not get bogged down by ideology and let slip this opportunity to create jobs and make roads safer.

The Senate already passed a package, including a gas-tax increase, with bipartisan support. Last month, the House Transportation Committee passed two key Senate bills, ESSB 5987 and ESSB 5988. Negotiations are under way to reconcile differences between the Senate and the House’s Democratic leadership.

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Governor signs sex predator bill into law

May 27, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal to close a loophole in the Sexually Violent Predator statute to prevent the release of offenders who have not been rehabilitated.

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Governor signs electric vehicle infrastructure bill

May 20, 2015

Legislation offering financial incentives for utilities to build electric vehicle charging-station infrastructure was signed into law May 11 by Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure was sponsored by State Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah.

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Editorial — Everyone can help keep motorcyclists safe

May 12, 2015

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Department of Licensing, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation have teamed up to remind drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders.

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Editorial — Tell customers about data breaches quickly

April 28, 2015

Premera’s decision to wait six weeks before notifying state authorities and customers about a major cyber attack on its system was inexcusable.

This is the same insurance giant that was warned by federal auditors last year that its network security procedures were inadequate. Customers entrusted Premera with their most personal information, from bank accounts and Social Security numbers to home addresses and medical records.

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Governor calls legislative special session

April 28, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee told state legislative leaders he intends to call them into a special session April 29.

The idea is to complete what Inslee’s office called “major work” left undone when the regular session ended April 24. Inslee was to have budget negotiators in his office April 27 to give them a head start prior to the opening of the special session.

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State superintendent releases plan to fully fund basic education

April 21, 2015

At an April 14 press conference, state Superintendent Randy Dorn released a plan to fully fund basic education costs, to help state legislators comply with a state Supreme Court mandate.

The state is under court order to produce a complete plan detailing how it intends to fully fund K-12 basic education without the use of local funding. Neither Gov. Jay Inslee nor the Legislature has introduced such a plan.

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To the Editor — week of March 18, 2015

March 17, 2015

School resource officers

A new set of eyes helps to protect our resources

Officer Karin is a great asset to the Issaquah School District, Issaquah High School and the entire community. Honestly, she’s exceptional at her job and has been since she started serving this community.

Officer Diego is also an talented detective and an adept problem solver. He is approachable, helpful and dedicated to being the best.

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Editorial — Keep transportation package moving

March 10, 2015

The state Senate, after two years of frustrated effort, has passed a $15 billion transportation package. Its 11 measures — a mix of reforms and revenue — are key to relieving traffic congestion with investments in transit and roads, and maintaining the state’s existing highways and bridges.

A bipartisan group of senators exercised some imagination to negotiate and shepherd the compromise, which includes an 11.7-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, through their chamber. The deal could create an estimated 200,000 jobs over the next 16 years.

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Connie Fletcher named to another term on state board of education

February 10, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Connie Fletcher to another term on the Washington State Board of Education.

Fletcher joined the board in 2009 and currently serves on its executive committee.

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