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Lauren Dake

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School districts sweat out budget

By Lauren Dake April 26, 2015 6 a.m.

La Center School District Superintendent Mark Mansell pictures himself locked in a game of chess with the state Legislature. His goal is to be several moves ahead.

Governor signs off on new medical marijuana rules

By Lauren Dake and Sue Vorenberg April 24, 2015 4:28 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Friday that will regulate the state's medical marijuana system and create a voluntary patient database of users.

Local lawmakers express disappointment over special session

By Lauren Dake April 23, 2015 6:44 p.m.

A prominent local Democrat described the mood in Olympia as resigned and several Southwest Washington lawmakers expressed disappointment when it was confirmed Thursday that lawmakers would need a 30-day special session to balance the budget.

Legislative session could head into overtime

By Lauren Dake April 20, 2015 5:42 p.m.

It looks like the Washington Legislature could be heading into overtime. But the extra days in Olympia could mean an extra tab for taxpayers to pick up.

4 things to watch near end of legislative session

By Lauren Dake April 19, 2015 6 a.m.

The legislative countdown clock has started.

Bill to improve oil train safety passes Senate amid criticism

By Lauren Dake April 15, 2015 9:51 p.m.

Washington state senators approved a measure Wednesday night to improve oil transport safety, which was immediately criticized by one progressive organization as a "weaksauce oil-lobbyist sponsored bill."

Class size plan in legislative hot seat

By Lauren Dake April 15, 2015 7:20 p.m.

Leading up to the 2015 legislative session, the biggest question facing lawmakers was how they planned to adequately fund the state's public schools.

Legislature approves overhaul of medical marijuana market

By Lauren Dake April 14, 2015 8:11 p.m.

Washington state senators gave their final approval Tuesday to a measure regulating the state’s medical marijuana market, sending the bill to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

Oil train safety bill clears Washington House

By Lauren Dake April 14, 2015 5:54 p.m.

With a surge in the volume of volatile crude oil moving through the state, Washington representatives passed a measure Tuesday aimed at strengthening safety and transparency efforts.

County's legislators know transportation package could change

By Lauren Dake April 13, 2015 7:10 p.m.

Clark County would receive $50 million to overhaul its oldest interchange under a House transportation revenue plan unveiled Monday.

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