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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

February 7, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Whales, personhood, vaccines: your political week in review

Busy week in the realm of politics, both in Olympia and elsewhere in the state. To recap:

1. Lawmakers heard bills that would: bring back psychiatric boarding, open the Woodland Park Zoo to public-records and open-meetings laws and ban whale captivity.

2. And abortion foes pushed parental notification and personhood bills.

3. Meanwhile, industrial hemp got state Senate approval.

4. Seattle tent-city residents raised concerns about proposed legislation.

5. There were things Republicans said and things Democrats said

6. Sen. Pam Roach berated people in a public hearing who contributed to her opponent .

7. State lawmakers held two-days of public hearings on marijuana reform bills.

8. Commutes and home prices – surprise! – rank high in Seattle affordability survey.

9. Tom Rasmussen and Kshama Sawant at bottom of Seattle City Council attendance.

10. Gov. Jay Inslee is a student of California’s carbon-cap lessons.

11. Bill dropped to make it harder to get vaccine exemption; Inslee supports it.

12. Worries about religious hospitals snag WSU medical-school bill.

13. North Seattle City Council candidate promises doorstep talks; Councilmember Mike O’Brien will face challenger.

14. Lawmakers consider statewide rules on Uber, Lyft.

 

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