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Early learning centers start expulsion in pre-K

For most adults, the idea of preschool is characterized mainly by Tonka trucks and sing-alongs. But the pre-kindergarten years can present a thicket of dilemmas for teachers facing difficult children. What to do, for example, with an aggressive 4-year-old who screams, cries and hits other kids?

Transportation tax bill passes after delays in House and Senate

OLYMPIA — A $16 billion transportation tax and fee bill with an 11.9 cent gasoline tax increase hit a roadblock early Wednesday morning. After being parked for much of Tuesday in the House, it was sent on a detour to the Senate for final approval where it got stuck for hours in an dispute between majority Republicans and minority Democrats.

Marijuana landscape to change Wednesday

Wednesday marks the dawn of a new era in the Northwest recreational marijuana market. While possession becomes legal in Oregon for adults 21 and older that day, a bill ushering in a number of sweeping changes to Washington’s recreational marijuana system also will become law.
 

Kilmer, Renacci introduce bipartisan bill to address rules for election watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, introduced a bipartisan bill to fix the commission charged with enforcing federal election laws. The Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act would reform the Federal Election Commission so it can more effectively carry out its original mission to oversee campaign finance laws. Representatives Lou Barletta, R-Penn., and John Carney, D-Del., are also original co-sponsors of the bill.

House Democrats float base, tax-adding budgets

OLYMPIA — With less than a week left in the special session and eight days before a budget stalemate could cause a partial state shutdown, Washington House Democrats released a budget proposal that would give raises to state workers and public school employees, spend more on mental health, freeze tuition this year at state colleges and reduce the number of students in kindergarten through third-grade classes, all without raising taxes.