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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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Steve Simmons to run for State House, seen on Newstalk 870's Meet In The Middle Program (Newstalk 870)
Steve Simmons to run for State House, seen on Newstalk 870's Meet In The Middle Program (Newstalk 870)
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Country Gentleman Co-Owner to Run vs. Haler For State House

Steve Simmons, co-owner of the popular Country Gentleman Restaurant in Kennewick, formally announced Wednesday he will seek election to the Washington State House of Representatives. He will be running for Position 2 in the 8th Legislative District. That district includes the Tri-Cities in the South, and rural parts of Benton County in the North. He will be running against incumbent  Republican Larry Haler.

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New poll says WA voters want super majority requirement for tax increases (Getty Images)
New poll says WA voters want super majority requirement for tax increases (Getty Images)
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Poll Says WA Citizens Favor 2/3 Majority for Tax Increases

According to the prestigious Washington Policy Center, most Washington residents favor a super majority when it comes to raising taxes.

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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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