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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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Pesticide Restriction
5:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Back Away From Bill To Restrict Some Pesticides

Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides.
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This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides. An Oregon legislative panel is set to amend a measure Tuesday that would instead create a task force to study the possibility of future restrictions.

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Washington Legislature
5:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Divergent Agendas As Washington Legislature Approaches Halfway Point

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:42 pm

Washington’s 60-day legislative session is approaching the halfway mark, but divergent agendas are likely to result in a lot of proposals dying when they cross the Rotunda to the other chamber.

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Oregon Legislature
5:04 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Head Back To Work After Snow Day

A view of the Capitol mall in Salem on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:07 pm

Oregon lawmakers get back to work Monday after a snow day Friday threw a wrench in the schedule. The short week turned up the pressure on an already brief session.

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Winter Weather
5:16 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Snow Halts Oregon Legislature

A view of the Capitol mall in Salem on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 4:17 pm

Oregon lawmakers will take a rare snow day Friday. The wintry forecast prompted legislative leaders to cancel all hearings and floor sessions for the day.

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