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January 17, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Tax fights, subversive acts, State of the State: your week in review

It’s been a head-spinning week keeping up with the tangled-web problems and solutions that lawmakers began fiddling with in Olympia during the 2015 state Legislature’s first week. Here’s what happened:

1. Senate Republicans add big hurdle for new taxes

2. State at critical crossroads, Inslee tells split lawmakers

3. Republican Rep. Manweller on why he dissed Supreme Court at Inslee’s speech

4. Bill filed to require one-year ‘cooling off’ for state officials before lobbying 

5. Is red-baiting getting a 21st Century makeover in Olympia?

6. Bills to raise minimum wage, require paid sick days introduced in Olympia

7. Hundreds at Capitol protest new gun-purchase background checks

8. And as a result, state considers banning firearms in legislative galleries

9. State senators hear of fallout from port slowdown

And a few non-Legislature bits:

1. House Democrats vote Derek Kilmer to Appropriations Committee

2. Sawant gets second opponent in Seattle City Council race

Comments | More in Governor, Minimum wage, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, guns, Jay Inslee

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