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New law goes into effect next January  (Getty Images)
New law goes into effect next January (Getty Images)
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Governor Signs New Distracted Driving Law, Bans Even Holding Phone

Although the law was signed by Governor Inslee Monday, it will not go into effect until January 1, 2019. But when it does, your wallet will be $136 lighter if you're busted.

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US AG  Jeff Sessions (Getty Images)
US AG Jeff Sessions (Getty Images)
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Seattle Will Lose Federal Funds Over Sanctuary Policies

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced federal funding from the Department of Justice will be pulled if cities pursue or adhere to current sanctuary policies over illegal immigration.

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Gov Inslee signs executive order limiting state help for enforcing federal immigration laws (Getty Images)
Gov Inslee signs executive order limiting state help for enforcing federal immigration laws (Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee Signs Executive Order Flirting With Ignoring Federal Immigration Law

Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Thursday morning that closely mirrors the views currently being pursued in sanctuary cities, including Seattle.

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WA Ag challenges Trump Executive Order (Getty Images)
WA Ag challenges Trump Executive Order (Getty Images)
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Judge Will Rule Friday on WA Attorney General’s Suit Against President Trump

U.S. District Court Senior Judge James Robart will decide Friday if a lawsuit filed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson challenging the Presidential Executive Order issued by Trump should stand, or allow the Order to be enacted.

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Some legislators want seat belts on buses (Getty Images)
Some legislators want seat belts on buses (Getty Images)
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WA Legislature Considering Mandating Seat Belts on School Buses

The Washington State Senate is debating whether to pass Senate Bill (SB) 5054, which would put seat belts on all public and private school buses. A hearing was held before the Senate Transportation Committee January 25th, but no action taken yet.

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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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Court rules all WA pharmacies now must dispense 'morning-after' birth control
Court rules all WA pharmacies now must dispense 'morning-after' birth control (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Court Rules Washington Pharmacies Must Dispense Plan B Birth Controls

In a reversal of a 2012 ruling, the U.S. 9th. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday pharmacies in Washington state must now dispense emergency contraceptives, including Plan B birth control meds.  Opponents are already saying this compares to bakeries, florists and other businesses being forced to serve same-sex wedding clients despite their religious objections, from a biological medical standpoint.

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WA smoking age won't go to 21
WA smoking age won't go to 21 (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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State Smoking Age Won’t Go to 21, Legislature Kills Bill

Perhaps one of the most surprising aspect of this is that the Democrat-controlled Washington state House killed the bill.

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Big Northwest dealership sued over racism, discrimination
Big Northwest dealership sued over racism, discrimination (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Big Washington Car Dealership Sued for Discrimination Against (Asian) Indians

Toyota of Kirkland is one of the biggest car dealers in the entire King and Snohomish County areas, if not the state. Now it is facing a lawsuit from a former employee claiming racism. He's got former co-workers and customers lining up to support him.

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Bill raising tobacco age to 21 passes important Committee in Olympia
Bill raising tobacco age to 21 passes important Committee in Olympia (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Legislation to Raise WA Tobacco Age to 21 Passes Committee, Headed to House Vote

The bills pushed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson have cleared the first big hurdle towards raising the tobacco (and e-cig) age to 21.

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