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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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Walla Walla State Penitentiary - Site of Death Row
Walla Walla State Penitentiary - Site of Death Row (washington state penitentiary website)
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Did Procedural Mix-Up Cause Anti-Death Penalty Bill to “Die” in Legislature?

There was so much hype about this proposed legislation which would replace the death penalty with life in prison.

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Committee to hold hearing on mandatory abortion insurance bill
Committee to hold hearing on mandatory abortion insurance bill (washington state legislative website)
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Abortion Mandate Bill Hearing Coming Tuesday Feb. 10 in Olympia

Next Tuesday, legislators will take comments and input on a bill that would force every private insurance policy in Washington state to cover abortions.

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Senate considers major change to minor abortion law
Senate considers major change to minor abortion law (Washington state legislative website)
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Landmark Abortion-Related Bill Considered in State Senate

The bill, SB 5289, has a hearing Monday, February 2nd in Olympia.

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Fantasy sports would be decriminalized with new bill
Fantasy sports would be decriminalized with new bill (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Senate Bill Would “De-Criminalize” Fantasy Sports in Washington State

Currently, Washington state law considers fantasy sports leagues a "game of chance" rather than a game of skill -- as regarded by federal law.

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I-1351 will cost over $4 billion dollars, says State Office of Financial Management
I-1351 will cost over $4 billion dollars, says State Office of Financial Management (Townsquare media image)
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The Cost of I-1351 Will Shock You – Yet, It’s Passing

Although many votes remain to be counted, the "yes" margin for controversial Initiative 1351 is growing.

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New senate bill allows ilegals to commit crimes
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Undocumented Workers Who Commit Crimes Face Less Punishment Than U.S. Citizens

If the much-talked-about Senate Immigration Bill passes, illegal aliens can still commit crimes and become U.S. citizens -- without being punished!

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Obama heads back to Hawaii to finish vacation after Fiscal Cliff bill
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Fiscal Cliff Deal Raises Taxes for 77 Percent of Families Starting at $40K and Up

Perhaps the mind-numbing specifics are not that important, but the end result is for American families making $40,000 or more in 2013 paying rising taxes. 

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