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March 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Proposal advances on real estate fee to support homeless

State lawmakers are still arguing about whether to extend a surcharge fee used to fund homeless services — and for how long. The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday approved Senate Bill 5875, which would extend by one year a $40 fee for recording real estate documents and include provisions to benefit private landlords….

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March 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Compromise offered on real-estate fee to support homeless programs

Senate Republicans have introduced a compromise over a fee that funds housing services for the state’s homeless, but some say the proposal isn’t enough. State Senate and House lawmakers announced last week that House Bill 2368 would get a pass on the normal deadline for bills, giving themselves an extra week to work on the…

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March 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Senate passes bill that could reduce liquor prices

Customers could find liquor at lower prices in restaurants and bars if a bill that narrowly passed on Thursday in the state Senate advances. Since voters approved an initiative in 2011 to privatize liquor sales, all liquor retailers, including supermarkets and big-box stores, have to pay a quarterly license-issuance fee equal to 17 percent of all…

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March 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Lawmakers say human traffickers must register as sex offenders

Washington would become the first state to require human traffickers to register as sex offenders, according to the prime sponsor of a bill that won unanimous approval Wednesday in the state Senate. The bill, which earlier gained passage in the House, now goes to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1791  designates the crime of human trafficking in…

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March 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Legislators have other priorities than new TVW equipment

OLYMPIA – The state public-affairs TV network says it needs funding to continue covering the Legislature, but some lawmakers say they have other issues to worry about. TVW, the state’s version of C-SPAN, covers legislative sessions, state Supreme Court hearings and more — on television and online. The network requested $2.84 million to upgrade equipment around…

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February 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Drone use for law enforcement would require warrant under bill

Drones couldn’t be used for criminal investigation without a warrant, but if a drone collected information about criminal activity during a permitted use, it could be used in court, Rep. David Taylor, a Moxee Republican and prime sponsor of House Bill 2789, told the Senate Law and Justice Committee at a Wednesday hearing. The bill…

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February 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

“Ex lesbian” testifies on bill to ban gay-conversion therapy

Robin Goodspeed told the state Senators on Thursday that a bill preventing efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation implies that she is lying to herself. The self-described “ex-homosexual, ex-lesbian” testified at a Senate Health Care Committee against House Bill 2451. Passed in the state House 94-4 last week, the bill would prevent medical practices including…

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