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Eye On Olympia archive for May 16, 2003

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2003

Trapping ban hangs in the balance...

Lawmakers have voted to repeal much of the three-year-old ban on body-gripping traps. The bill's now sitting on the desk of Gov. Gary Locke, awaiting his signature -- or his veto. A spokeswoman said the governor's office is still researching the bill.The most effective lobbyists…

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The mustard-seed bug pays off...

On Wednesday, Gov. Gary Locke signed into law a bill granting some tax exemptions for construction and equipment used to make bio-diesel, a much more environmentally-friendly form of diesel fuel that's made from crops like rapeseed. Proponents want to build a manufacturing plant in Spokane…

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Budget deal...

No 50-cent tax hike on cigarettes. No four-minute Keno in bars. And children can keep scarfing down Skittles, Paydays and gobstoppers tax-free.House and Senate negotiators, after nearly three weeks, have at last decided how much they have to spend. Their agreed-upon $23 billion budget includes…

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