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Oregon legislature passes new birth control legislation
Oregon legislature passes new birth control legislation (Newstalk 80 file image)
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Oregon Legislature Passes New Birth Control Legislation

A new measure was approved by the Senate and now head to the Governor. One of them could affect insurance rates in Oregon.  The other still pending Senate approval.

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Former Franklin Coutny Sheriff Richard Lathim
Former Franklin Coutny Sheriff Richard Lathim (Franklin County)
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Former Franklin County Sheriff Seeks to Replace Resigning Legislator

In the wake of the resignation of a GOP Legislator on charges of falsifying reimbursement forms, a former Franklin County top lawmaker announced Friday he is seeking her seat.

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Washington state capitol
Washington state capitol (Washington state legislative website)
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Legislature Called Back for Special Session in Olympia

2015 is shaping up to look a lot like 2014, in that the Washington state legislature has unfinished business. Whether or not it turns into a cranky dispute with Gov. Inslee remains to be seen.

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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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Bill would abolish the Death Penalty in Washington State
Bill would abolish the Death Penalty in Washington State (Photo by Douglas Doig/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
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House Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Repeal Washington State’s Death Penalty

Following the introduction of a bill that would do away with Death Row, the House Judiciary Committee this week has heard testimony on both sides about this bill.

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Big issues besides taxes, gas, and environment facing legislature
Big issues besides taxes, gas, and environment facing legislature (Washington state legislative website)
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These Bills Will Be Large Battlegrounds in State Legislative Session

Everyone is talking about the budget, transportation, and Gov. Inslee's environmental proposals as the state legislature starts it's 2015 session this week.   But there are some returning issues that will be very big this year.

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Website allows you to easily see how YOUR legislators are performing
Website allows you to easily see how YOUR legislators are performing (WA state legislative website- wa.gov)
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Website Allows You To See How Your WA Legislators Vote During 2015 Session

The Washington Policy Center is once again rolling out its popular legislative "watchdog" website to allow citizens to see how legislators are voting on important issues.

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Resolution would reinstate 2/3 majority for tax increases
Resolution would reinstate 2/3 majority for tax increases (wa.gov legislative site)
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WA Legislators Work To Return Two-Thirds Majority for Tax Increases

If a new joint resolution filed in the WA state legislature passes,  lawmakers will have to (again) get 66% yes votes to raise taxes.

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What will Inslee's "batting average" be this legislative session?
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Gov. Inslee Could Go 0-3 with Agenda This Legislative Session

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has a "Big 3" on his agenda for the 2014 legislative session, but sources say he could end up getting none of it passed.

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Inslee to unveil plan to keep Boeing 777X construction in our state
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Gov. Inslee Announces ‘Special Package’ to Keep Boeing 777X Production in Washington

Inslee has called a special session of the Washington state legislature. Starting Thursday, Nov. 7, lawmakers will approve or reject Inslee's package of tax incentives and exemptions to entice Boeing to keep its production of 777X aircraft and composite wings

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