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    Traditional retirement accounts would be exempt     Small businesses sales would be taxed People representing small business owners and low income workers had plenty to say at a public hearing Wednesday on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to impose a state capital gains tax. Thirty-three...

Orca whale.
    Possible 3-year suspension of southern resident orca watching     Many proposals aimed at benefiting Chinook salmon, the orcas’ primary food supply     Would also look at strengthening existing law protecting Chinook and orcas Gov. Jay Inslee introduced an executive order last year...

Razor Clam
    The Pacific razor clam could become the official state clam     Washington would be the first state showing clam pride Washington may become the first state to designate an official state clam, according to a law co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen and Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen....
    New agency aims to make internet access statewide       Wide rural and tribal support The creation of a Statewide Broadband Office and an initial investment of $25 million into getting broadband into “every nook and cranny” was announced by Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday. “We know the...

Newly elected State Rep. Keith Goehner (left) and re-elected Sen. Brad Hawkins (right), at the State of the State address on Tuesday.
    Inslee proposes ambitious legislative agenda     Inslee’s stance on gun control divides the floor     Republicans question how the state will pay for his proposals OLYMPIA― In his State of the State address Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee emphasized his program requests, but was criticized...
    New distance requirements for marijuana businesses in Washington     A proposed bill could shield children from marijuana     Lawmakers aim to keep dispensaries away from places frequented by children OLYMPIA ― The House Committee on Commerce and Gaming took up a bill that would include...
    Amendment could be law by the end of the week     Wide community and legislative support House Bill 1064, a proposed amendment to De-Escalate Washington- Initiative 940, was unanimously voted through the House Public Safety Committee today. After the vote, Rep. Brad Klippert, R Kennewick,...
OLYMPIA — A bill intended to enhance the safety of hikers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts would establish designated target shooting areas on some Department of Natural Resources-managed lands. Senate Bill 5099 was introduced Tuesday by Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Mason County. “Target shooting is...
A bill proposed by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, would allow marijuana on school campuses for students who require aid for medical conditions. HB 1060 aims to permit students to consume medical marijuana on school property, aboard buses and while attending school-sponsored events. Students must...
Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a $54.4 billion state budget that would introduce a capital gains tax on stocks, bonds and other assets. The proposal would tax capital gains of over $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for joint filers at a rate of 9 percent. The tax would raise $975 million in revenue...

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