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I-552, which would have overturned transgender bathroom policies, withdrawn. (Getty Images)
I-552, which would have overturned transgender bathroom policies, withdrawn. (Getty Images)
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Initiative That Would Overturn Transgender Bathroom Laws Withdrawn

In a late breaking story Friday afternoon, the Washington Secretary of State's office announced supporters of I-552 have withdrawn their efforts to get it on the November ballot. I-552,  best known as the Just Want Privacy campaign, would have repealed or overturned the controversial transgender bathroom laws that set off a firestorm in our state.

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Some legislators want Eastern WA to be the new state of Liberty (Townsquare media-Jazmine Haney)
Some legislators want Eastern WA to be the new state of Liberty (Townsquare media-Jazmine Haney)
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WA Legislators Want to Create New ‘Eastern Washington’ 51st State

How would you like to be living in a permanent state of "Liberty?"  If a bill proposed by several Eastern Washington legislators ever came to fruition, that would be an actual event.

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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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Resolution would be decided by voters, would ban such a tax (Getty Images)
Resolution would be decided by voters, would ban such a tax (Getty Images)
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Legislators Seeking to Permanently Ban Idea of WA State Income Tax

Fearing the State Supreme Court and other political groups might try to enact one, state House and Senate GOP members hope to ask Washington citizens to do something dramatic to permanently ban the idea of a state income tax.

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Bill would lower DUI level from .08 to .05  (Getty Images)
Bill would lower DUI level from .08 to .05 (Getty Images)
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Bill To Lower DUI Blood Alcohol Level Supported by Tri-City Legislators

It still has a hurdle or two before hitting the House floor for a vote, but House Bill 1874 is still alive.  It's being considered by the House Transportation Committee. For a bill to even be referred to the appropriate committee is considered a significant step. This bill would significantly affect whether a person is considered driving drunk or impaired.

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Bill still moving along in house (WA State legislative website)
Bill still moving along in house (WA State legislative website)
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‘Controversial’ Vacation, Leave Bill Heads to State Committee

It appears a bill that would give state or public employees the right to accrue vacation within their first six months is still chugging along in Olympia.

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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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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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Senator Sharon Brown, on right in photo, gets important position in Senate (Senator Sharon Brown)
Senator Sharon Brown, on right in photo, gets important position in Senate (Senator Sharon Brown)
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Tri-City State Senator Gets Key Position in State Legislature

Another piece of political 'clout' has come to the Tri-Cities-Eastern WA area.

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Didier files for Congress (Clint Didier Facebook page)
Didier files for Congress (Clint Didier Facebook page)
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Clint Didier to Challenge Rep Newhouse for Congressional Seat

Two years after losing a hotly contested and close race to Rep. Dan Newhouse, Clint Didier is giving it another run.

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