Rep. Marcus Riccelli

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Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court ruling that struck down the car tabs initiative has brought relief to the people who look for money for transportation projects.

Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs calls the decision “a big win for the city.” He says it can continue to charge vehicle owners a $20-a-year to fund street and pedestrian improvements.

Local legislators say the ruling puts a spotlight on the need to find new ways to fund transportation projects.

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Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli is running for another term against Republican Laura Carder in Washington’s Third Legislative District. 

Permanent Offense

Spokane area state legislators have mixed feelings about today’s state Supreme Court ruling that the $30 car tab initiative is unconstitutional.

“This is a really serious thing and I’m disappointed," said Spokane Valley Republican Bob McCaslin, a member of the House Transportation Committee.

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UPDATED 2:55 pm with new comments from Commissioner Al French and the Washington State Association of Counties.

The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a law that mandates Spokane County move from three county commissioners to five. The nine-zero ruling puts in motion a change in representation for county residents by 2022.

Most rural counties in Washington have governments run by three elected commissioners who oversee day-to-day operations. Spokane is the most populous county without its own charter to use that form of government.

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Today on Inland Journal and the Inland Journal podcast, the coronavirus hijacked the Washington legislative session during its last couple of weeks. Lawmakers worked to approve a $200 million package aimed at helping people affected by Covid-19.

We’ll talk with two Spokane area legislators about that and other accomplishments from the session. Coronavirus could be a big issue in correctional facilities.

We’ll hear about the closure of Spokane’s non-profit legal clinic, the Center for Justice. Those stories and more on Inland Journal.

Permanent Daylight Saving Time Goes To WA Governor's Desk

Apr 23, 2019
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A bill that would move Washington to permanent daylight saving time is now on its way to the governor. The House today [Tuesday] approved a version that had recently passed in the Senate.

The vote in the House was 90-6 and follows a similarly-lopsided vote in the Senate (46-2)

“Finally we can #ditchtheswitch, #bringthelight and #thefutureinwashingtonissobrightwegottawearshades,” said Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), the lead sponsor of this year’s version of the bill.

Daylight Saving Time Bill Advances in Washington House

Mar 1, 2019
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A bill that would move Washington to full-time Daylight Saving Time is now headed to the state House floor. The legislation’s prime sponsor is Spokane Democratic Representative Marcus Riccelli.

Riccelli’s bill cleared the money committee in the House, the Appropriations Committee, late Thursday. It would move the state away from the “Spring Forward, Fall Back” regime that will take effect again just a week from now.

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Friday on the Inland Journal podcast, Spokane County sues the state to challenge a new law that requires Spokane move from three county commissioners to five. We’ll talk with Commissioner Mary Kuney and Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane). A WSU researcher is using a new computer model of Spokane’s West Central neighborhood to explore ways to reduce neighborhood crime. And we’ll talk about what’s the next step in improving downtown Spokane.

A Civics Lesson About Making Laws in Olympia

Jan 3, 2019
Marcus Riccelli

Washington and Idaho legislators go back to work this month. Idaho’s legislators have already been sworn in. The gavel drops on their 2019 session on Monday. Washington’s lawmakers reconvene in Olympia a week later.

Today, Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) gives us a civics lesson about the process of making laws in Olympia. Riccelli will begin his fourth term on January 14.

Riccelli Seeks Fourth Term in WA State House

Jul 31, 2018
Marcus Riccelli

Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) is seeking a fourth term in the state House from the Third District.

His Republican challenger, Tom Taylor, didn’t return our invitation for an interview.