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A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in the Washington legislature launched a move Tuesday to ban powdered alcohol.

Washington lawmakers are on the honor system when it comes to accepting free meals from lobbyists.

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Washington lawmakers have approved a flurry of bills – and killed a bunch too - as they cross a key deadline in the 105-day session. The cut-off to vote bills out of their house of origin came and went at 5pm Wednesday.

Washington lawmakers face a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to pass bills out of their House of origin.

Mental health is one of the top issues in the Washington legislature this year. Several measures cleared the Washington House Monday in advance of a Wednesday cut-off deadline.

Washington state Senator Jim Honeyford of Yakima has apologized after using the term “colored” to refer to people of color.

Washington state lawmakers are more than a third of the way through their 105-day legislative session.

In Olympia, legislative budget writers got a shot of good news Friday regarding tax collections.

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It’s said that death and taxes are the only certain things in life. But it’s almost always certain that Democrats and Republicans will disagree on taxes.

Washington’s 2015 legislative session doesn’t start until January 12, but already lawmakers have pre-filed dozens of proposed laws.