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Tag: Rosemary McAuliffe


UPDATE: Senate passes budget on 44-to-4 vote; House votes 81-to-11 to send to Gov. Inslee

UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: The House passed the budget, sending it to the governor. Eleven Republicans voted no.

The lopsided House and Senate votes add up to a combined 125-15 margin in support of the compromise plan.

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The compromise state budget deal just passed the Senate on an overwhelming vote, with only four senators voting no: two Democrats, Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell and Bob Hasegawa of Seattle, and two Republicans, John Smith of Colville and Mike Padden of Spokane Valley.

The budget came in for mostly praise — after some critical speeches from conservatives like Smith who would have preferred to add a study of how much fish people

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Lawmakers want to put expelled kids back in school

Several state lawmakers are trying to reduce dropout rates in Washington schools by changing the way students are punished for misbehavior.

Dozens of parents and students showed up in Olympia Monday to testify on proposed laws that aim to reduce the length of public school suspensions and expulsions, as well as create plans for expelled students to get back into school.

Right now, students fall behind on schoolwork when they are expelled or suspended, and may not be able to catch up, parents and teachers testified Monday before the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee.

Additionally, getting a student back into school after he or she has had disciplinary issues can be difficult, parents and students said.

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Majority Leader Lisa Brown says there will be no more “joint caucuses” in the Senate

One day after a Senate committee went behind closed doors for what was dubbed a “joint caucus,” Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown said the practice would not reoccur.

The unusual caucus – really just a meeting of all committee members in private – was called by Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee Chairwoman Rosemary McAuliffe at the end of the regular meeting Thursday. McAuliffe said the topic would be bipartisanship and would happen each Thursday at the end of the regular meeting.

“We talked about it in leadership and in caucus and we agreed that although her intent was

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