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New bill would make 4th DUI a felony in WA (KDNU-file image)
New bill would make 4th DUI a felony in WA (KDNU-file image)
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State Senate Approves 4th DUI Felony Bill, Now On To House

The Washington State Senate Tuesday voted 41-0 to approve Senate Bill (SB) 5037, which would make a driver's 4th DUI conviction an automatic felony.

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Proposed legislation would tax e-cigs, vaping in WA state (Getty Images)
Proposed legislation would tax e-cigs, vaping in WA state (Getty Images)
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(Another) Proposed WA Bill Would Tax E-Cigarettes

Previous such efforts failed to pass the Legislature in 2014, and 2015. But a new house bill (2165) would change that.

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New distracted driving bill doesn't prevent newspaper or map reading or other certain distractions behind wheel (Newstalk870 file image)
New distracted driving bill doesn't prevent newspaper or map reading or other certain distractions behind wheel (Newstalk870 file image)
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New Distracted Driving Bill Still Allows You To Read Newspaper Behind Wheel

A new bill has passed the state House, now it goes onto Senate for future consideration. But some officials say it doesn't do enough to stop distracted driving.

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New controversial bill being looked at in legislature (Getty Images)
New controversial bill being looked at in legislature (Getty Images)
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Proposed WA Bill Would Allow For Early Release of Inmates Over 50

50 or older? Served at least 20 years in the State Penitentiary or other jail? Then you could apply for early release.

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Proposed legislation would allow easier prosecution of police in shootings, and call for other oversight (Getty Images)
Proposed legislation would allow easier prosecution of police in shootings, and call for other oversight (Getty Images)
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Proposed WA Legislation Would Make It Easier to Prosecute Police for Shootings

The Washington state legislature is looking over a proposed bill that could make significant changes to the use of deadly force in law enforcement.

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Proposed bill would allow new state workers vacation time before the standard six month waiting period (Washington State Legislature)
Proposed bill would allow new state workers vacation time before the standard six month waiting period (Washington State Legislature)
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Proposed WA Bill Would Allow Vacation Time For ‘New’ Employees

As the 2017 Washington State Legislative session gets under way in Olympia, we continue to take a look at proposed bills that catch our eye, either because of their potential impact on you and I, or sometimes because they're just plain weird or different. This one, if passed, would  affect new workers and vacations.

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WA State Senate to take up rather unusual bill proposal (WA State Legislative Website)
WA State Senate to take up rather unusual bill proposal (WA State Legislative Website)
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Proposed WA Bill Would Tax Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products

It's probably one of the more unusual proposals seen coming out of Olympia in years.

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New York City Council Proposes Bill To Raise Minimum Age For Buying Cigarettes To 21
State Senate hears testimony about raising smoking age (Getty Images)
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Senate Hears Testimony on Raising WA Smoking Age to 21

A lot can happen in a short time in the state legislature, but from what we've seen so far, it appears likely the state smoking (and vaping) age will be raised to 21. It will probably hinge heavily on how the State Senate reacts.

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21 smoking bill moves closer to passage (Getty Images)
21 smoking bill moves closer to passage (Getty Images)
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Bill To Raise WA Smoking Age to 21 Passes Big Hurdle

By passing the State House Healthcare and Wellness Committee, it will now soon head for a formal vote. If it passes, it will go to Senate, where a companion bill will be voted on. It is almost a formality that if approved, Gov. Inslee will sign off on it.

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Proposed bill would withhold pay, benefits from striking teachers or walkouts
Proposed bill would withhold pay, benefits from striking teachers or walkouts (Washington state legislative website)
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Senate Bill Would Withold Teacher Pay, Benefits During Walkouts Or Strikes

The measure, Senate bill 6116, was actually introduced by a Democrat, Senator Tim Sheldon, who represents the 35 District  West of Tacoma, including the City of Shelton, WA.  Eight other Senators, including a number from Eastern Washington,  are co-sponsors.

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