The committee also tightened rules about compensating lawmakers for a second residence near the capitol.
County commissioners have appointed Republican Rep. Ann Rivers to fill an empty state Senate seat.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Monday a state plan to address tsunami debris that reaches the state's coast from Japan but stressed that federal help is needed.
To improve higher education, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee wants to cap a state-backed student loan at a 3 percent interest rate, expand online courses to aid people who dropped out of college and increase partnerships with the state's premier private colleges.
Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant says the agenda for the three-day event includes selecting delegates to attend the party's national convention later this summer and hammering out a platform.
Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee sparred over health insurance and education Tuesday in the first debate of the 2012 race for governor in Washington, with neither candidate coming out a clear winner.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has captured the endorsement of a state union representing public school employees, including teacher's assistants and bus drivers.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee reported Monday that he raised nearly $574,000 in cash contributions for the month of May, about half of what his Republican opponent, Attorney General Rob McKenna, raised during that month.
Elections officials said Monday that approximately 1,000 of the nearly 250,000 signatures submitted to qualify a referendum on gay marriage in Washington state appear to be fraudulent.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is reporting a $1.2 million fundraising haul from May.
Jay Inslee launched his campaign for governor 11 months ago with some vague and inconclusive policy statements. He's still leaving a lot to the imagination.
Mitt Romney has won more than half of Washington state's delegates so far, winning 24 Friday compared to five secured by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.
The Idaho Secretary of State's office posted the official results from the May 15 primary online.
Both of Washington state's leading gubernatorial candidates say schools should find innovative new ways to teach. But they disagree sharply on how to make this happen, illustrating a key disagreement among voters.
A longer-lived infestation at the Great Lakes has resulted in the near extinction of the native clam population, a sharp reduction in plankton and major changes in fish and plant species, along with expensive problems for water intakes, boat motors and beaches.