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Minimum Wage
5:54 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Wasn’t Ready For Vote

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp says the minimum wage hike wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.
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Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike. But he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year. The Democrat made his comments Friday in a rare meeting with the capitol press corps.

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Idaho Sales Tax
4:48 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Proposal Would End Idaho Sales Tax on Groceries

An Idaho state senator introduced a bill that would repeal the sales tax on groceries.
Credit Michael Pendergrass / Wikimedia Commons

An Idaho state senator and gubernatorial candidate has introduced a bill that would repeal the sales tax on groceries.

Republican State Senator Russ Fulcher says it’s time Idahoans were able to take advantage of the same savings that neighboring states like Washington, Oregon, and Montana have, by not having to pay sales tax on most grocery items.

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Gay Rights
5:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

In Wake Of Arizona Veto, Similar Measures Considered In Northwest

In Oregon, a religious group is attempting to get a measure on this November's ballot that would allow people to refuse to participate in a same-sex ceremony if doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
Credit Chantal Andrea

Amidst the debate over the now-vetoed Arizona bill that would have protected businesses that refuse to serve gays and others for religious reasons, gay rights groups in the Northwest say similar legislation could surface here.

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Gun Control
5:29 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Idaho Colleges Ask Lawmakers To Consider Fiscal Side Of Guns On Campus

Administrators at North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, have joined other state colleges and universities in opposing a proposal to allow guns on campus.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

State colleges and universities across Idaho are appealing to state lawmakers' fiscally conservative side in an attempt to sideline a proposal to allow guns on campuses. A House committee is scheduled to consider the bill Friday morning. But schools say it could cost hundreds of thousands – even millions – of dollars a year.

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Gun Control
5:14 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

More Than 200 Idaho Students, Faculty Rally Against Guns On Campus

Protestors want lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college and university campuses.
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More than 200 people protested in the rain outside Idaho’s statehouse Thursday. They want lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college and university campuses. 

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Alcohol Sales
6:09 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Ease Penalties For Inadvertent Alcohol Sales

The Oregon House approved a measure that would reduce penalties in accidental alcohol sales to minors.
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Imagine for a moment you're a busy supermarket clerk, ringing up hundreds of dollars of sales per hour. A young man hands you his ID, you make a quick glance and accidently transpose two digits in the birthday. The next thing you know you're under arrest for selling alcohol to a minor. Several former grocery store clerks told lawmakers that happened to them. 

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Washington Budget
6:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Washington Senate Budget Includes Nearly Two Dozen Tax Breaks

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks.
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The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks – mostly for businesses. Governor Jay Inslee supports the largest of those tax incentives. But overall the Senate package unveiled Monday runs counter to the Democratic governor’s push to eliminate several tax exemptions to pay for education.

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Anti-Bullying Law
5:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Consider ‘Emotional Harm’ As Form Of Bullying

State lawmakers took testimony Thursday on a revision to the state’s anti-bullying law.
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The definition of bullying in Washington could be expanded to include any act of “emotional harm” against a student. State lawmakers took testimony Thursday on this potentially controversial revision to the state’s anti-bullying law. 

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Marijuana Businesses
4:57 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

State Regulator: Pot Banking Guidance Should Solve 'Bags Of Money' Issue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Marijuana businesses in Washington may soon be able to open a bank account. 

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Oregon Voting
7:47 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Key Deadline To Move Bills Means Some Legislation Dies In Salem

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 6:04 pm

Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol Friday with a better sense of what they'll be voting on over the next three weeks.

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