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    Vote by mail could become postage-free in Washington state     Free postage for ballots could change the future of voting in Washington state     Could increase voter participation A proposed law requested by Gov. Jay Inslee would provide prepaid postage for all election ballots in the...
    Specifies flat $30 for Car Tabs     Would limit additional fees “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs,” an initiative that would limit annual motor-vehicle registration fees to $30 except for voter-approved charges, was sent to the Legislature for consideration by the Secretary of State....
    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...

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