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Legislature coming back for overtime (Washington State Legislative Website)
Legislature coming back for overtime (Washington State Legislative Website)
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Education Issues (AGAIN) Force Legislative Overtime in Olympia

For the last 7 years, since 2010, legislators have had to resort to an extra session (and sometimes several) to hammer out a two-year budget. And again the sticking point is education funding.

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New distracted driving bill doesn't prevent newspaper or map reading or other certain distractions behind wheel (Newstalk870 file image)
New distracted driving bill doesn't prevent newspaper or map reading or other certain distractions behind wheel (Newstalk870 file image)
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New Distracted Driving Bill Still Allows You To Read Newspaper Behind Wheel

A new bill has passed the state House, now it goes onto Senate for future consideration. But some officials say it doesn't do enough to stop distracted driving.

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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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Legislators busy with designating official state mushroom (Getty Images)
Legislators busy with designating official state mushroom (Getty Images)
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Proposed Bill Would Designate Official WA State Fungi (Mushroom)

Hmmm...there's a lot of different ways we could go with this, but we will play it straight.  As straight as we can. Many of you know we have a state bird, the Goldfinch; state fruit which is the apple; and contrary to some opinions, the state vegetable is not Gov. Inslee but the Walla Walla Sweet Onion. But how about a state shroom?

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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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Bill to overturn transgender bathrooms falls (Getty Images)
Bill to overturn transgender bathrooms falls (Getty Images)
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Bill to Overturn Transgender Bathroom Laws Fails in State Senate by 1 Vote

According to officials in Olympia, a bill that would have overturned the controversial move by the State Human Rights Commission failed by a single vote Wednesday.

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Legislator wants pollution tax on business (Benton Clean Air Authority)
Legislator wants pollution tax on business (Benton Clean Air Authority)
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WA Legislator Proposes Carbon Tax on Businesses

Not just Gov. Jay Inslee, but now some Democratic legislators in Olympia are proposing pollution taxes on Washington businesses to fight 'global warming.'

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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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Anti-I-594 rally in Olympia
Anti-I-594 rally in Olympia (I-594 I will Not Comply Facebook - Alden Morris, Dan Smith)
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Media “Under-Report” Attendance at Anti-594 Rally in Olympia Saturday

If you read most media stories from Saturday's  pro-gun rally at the steps of the Washington state capitol in Olympia, you would have thought there weren't that many attending.

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