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February 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM

State House takes on scalpers; OKs bill banning ticket bots

OLYMPIA — The state House has unanimously passed a bill to outlaw ticket bots — computer software that beats humans trying to buy seats online for concerts and sporting events. House Bill 1091 passed the chamber Monday and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The measure, requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, makes it a…

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February 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Industrial hemp gets state Senate approval

OLYMPIA — Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 5012 received unanimous support Wednesday in the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as an agricultural activity in the state. It also directs…

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January 15, 2015 at 2:06 PM

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

OLYMPIA — Washington already has the highest minimum wage of any state in the country, but a packed hearing room at the Capitol was filled with supporters of a new minimum-wage bill saying it’s just not high enough. “Income inequality is as  bad as it has been since my grandmother was a small girl in 1929,”…

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January 12, 2015 at 7:02 AM

10 issues to watch in Olympia

If you been following the news, you’ll know that state lawmakers will be dealing with a pretty wide range of issues this year. As the legislative session begins Monday, and the Capitol fills with legislators, lobbyists and proposals, here are 10 issues to keep an eye on: 1. Lawmakers have been held in contempt for not…

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July 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

State Rep. Mike Hope resigns from Legislature

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — State Rep. Mike Hope has resigned following the revelation he’s been registered to vote in two states since last summer. The (Everett) Herald reports that the Mill Creek Republican informed Gov. Jay Inslee of his resignation Thursday. Hope was not running for re-election. A Democratic activist in Snohomish County alerted the chief…

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April 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom drops re-election bid

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of that chamber, told colleagues Monday morning that he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom, 50, a polarizing figure who started his career as a Republican before becoming a Democrat and then switching his caucus allegiances, cited health…

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January 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

GOP lawmaker: Seattle should pay for any tunnel overruns

By CHRIS GRYGIEL The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The problems facing two state transportation “megaprojects” will loom large over discussions in the Legislature this year to raise the gas tax to pay for roads, bridges and transit throughout Washington. Leading lawmakers said at an Associated Press legislative forum Thursday that recent issues with the State Highway 520 bridge…

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Comments | More in State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: Alaskan Way Viaduct, Highway 520 bridge, Highway 99 tunnel

November 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Legislature takes first step on Boeing tax incentives

OLYMPIA — The House Finance Committee approved a proposal Friday to extend tax breaks for Boeing and other aerospace industries. House Bill 2089 goes to House Appropriations next and then, presumably, the House floor. The Senate is expected to take up companion legislation Friday as well. Boeing has asked for the extension, paired with other…

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July 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Initiative filed to name Skagit River bridge after Tim Eyman

An initiative to the Legislature was filed Wednesday that would apparently name the infamous Skagit River bridge — that collapsed on Interstate 5 in May – after Tim Eyman. The measure reads: “That portion of state route number 5 from the junction with state route number 538 in Mount Vernon, thence northerly to the…

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June 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Transportation tax proponents urge state Senate to pass bill

By Staff Reporter Colin Campbell The parking lot of the Bellevue Burgermaster was filled Friday morning with people hungry, not for burgers, but for state transportation funding. A coalition of local elected officials and businesspeople gathered at the fast food joint near I-520 to again urge the state Senate to pass a $10 billion transportation tax package…

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