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Washington Legislature
4:40 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for re-election.
Credit Washington Legislature

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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Washington Legislature
7:42 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Washington Legislature Adjourns Without Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax

The floor of the Washington Senate on the last night of the 60-day session
Credit Austin Jenkins

The Washington legislature adjourned its 60-day session just before midnight Thursday night. This was Senate Floor Leader Joe Fain.

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Washington Budget
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature

This budget deal represents a compromise between the Democratically-controlled Washington House and mostly Republican majority in the state Senate.
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Washington public schools will get an additional nearly $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year. That’s the upshot of a budget deal that’s being announced at this hour at the Capitol in Olympia.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:16 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Lobbyist-Paid Meals Legislation Appears To Die In Washington Statehouse

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:15 pm

It looks like Washington lawmakers may adjourn their 60-day legislative session without addressing the issue of lobbyist-paid entertainment.

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Washington Education
4:44 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure

File photo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has made the case for a controversial teacher evaluation bill.
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Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 3:12 pm

They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

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Washington Gas Tax
4:14 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Washington Gas Tax Debate Breeds Partisan Mistrust In Legislature

Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 3:35 pm

The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the Washington legislature.

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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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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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