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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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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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Kamiakin Braves to play for 3A title Friday (Townsquare media image)
Kamiakin Braves to play for 3A title Friday (Townsquare media image)
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Tri-Cities Could have TWO State High School Football Champions This Weekend

There's been a fair share of Tri-City (Richland, Pasco, Kennewick) football teams who've ventured to the Tacoma Dome for the Gridiron Classic. But not two in the same season.

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Database delays will cost medical pot users dearly (Getty Images)
Database delays will cost medical pot users dearly (Getty Images)
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Medical Pot Database Delays Could Cost Patients Thousands, Get Them Arrested

Part of I-502, the initiative that legalized recreational marijuana, included so-called reforms for the medical marijuana industry. Now, some of those plans, including creating a database of users, could cost patients a lot of money, and given new regulations, perhaps even get them in legal trouble for their pot use.

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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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House Debates Payroll Tax Extension Plan
AG wants cooling off period for former officials before lobbying (Getty Images)
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Attorney General Seeks One Year ‘Cool-Off’ Period for Lobbying By Former Legislators

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is pushing for a law that we think makes a lot of sense.

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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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Arlenes flowers
Arlenes flowers (Arlene's Flowers facebook)
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Arlene’s Flowers Owner Appeals to State Supreme Court

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, is not sitting down following a Benton County Judge's ruling she broke the state's Consumer Protection Act by refusing to provide flowers and floral services for a same-sex wedding.

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House Democrats want tax on bottled water
House Democrats want tax on bottled water (Wa state legislative website)
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State Democrats Seek Bottled Water Tax, Among Others, In New Budget

The Washington State House Democrats are set to unveil their 2015 budget proposal, and it features new taxes in the name of "education."

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Proposed 'New Driver' sticker
Proposed 'New Driver' sticker (Courtesy KING-5 TV Facebook - Northwest Cable News)
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Proposed Bill Would Require WA Teens to Have a “New Driver” Sticker on Their Vehicle

Some say it's a good idea, others say it's degrading.

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