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Spin Control 2014 Washington Legislature archive


Lege to pot businesses: No tax breaks for you

OLYMPIA -- Legal marijuana growers in Washington will not get any of the tax breaks other farmers get, under a bill passed today by the Legislature. The House gave final passage to a bill that makes marijuana farming different from any other agricultural product, and...

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Budget still 'A work in progress'

OLYMPIA -- Here's a bad sign for anyone expecting the Legislature to conclude its business by midnight Thursday: Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler this morning described the supplemental budget, and two controversial bills, as "a work in progress." Budget leaders of both chambers have been...

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WA Lege Day 59: Final day, minus one

OLYMPIA -- The penultimate day of the session, or Sine Die Eve, dawned without an announcement on a deal for a supplemental budget, or all the things that might go with it, such as a plan to add statewide student tests to teacher evaluations or...

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Should GU v. UW basketball game become law?

OLYMPIA — State law would make the Huskies play the Zags in basketball every year under a proposal introduced Tuesday by a Spokane senator. Considering there’s barely time left int the legislative session to negotiate a budget, getting a vote in both chambers on the...

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Lege bans minors from tanning booths

OLYMPIA -- Be prepared for more pale teens, particularly during the winter months in Washington. Most minors would be banned from sessions in tanning booths under a bill receiving final approval in the Legislature this morning. With a 42-6 vote, the Senate agreed with changes...

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WA Lege Day 58: Time is running out

OLYMPIA -- One would expect to see a budget agreement sometime today, considering the Legislature has less than 72 hours left in the session, and it takes time to take the agreement and turn it into a printed document on which the two chambers can...

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MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

Eide calling it quits 

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Tracey Eide, a Federal Way Democrat, said she will not run for re-election this year, opening up a seat in one of the state's swing districts. Eide, an 18-year-veteran of the Legislature, has served for the last two years has shared bipartisan...

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OLYMPIA -- Seahawks mascot Taima visits the House of Representatives Friday with owners David and Robin Knutson, Rep. Kevin Parker (center) and Seahawks executive Mike Flood. (Jim Camden)

Seahawks' Taima is in the House...

OLYMPIA -- The Seahawks' flying mascot Taima made a guest appearance in the Legislature this morning, posing for pictures and being present in the House when a resolution of his honor was adopted. The resolution, by Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, commended the augur hawk as...

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OLYMPIA -- WSU Football Coach Mike Leach addresses the state Senate after a resolution honoring the 1915 football team was adopted. (Jim Camden)

...while Cougs' Leach is in Senate 

Mike Leach addresses state Senate. OLYMPIA -- The Washington Senate elevated the 1915 Cougar football team to the status of National Champion today, honoring the team that went undefeated and won the 1916 Rose Bowl. With current WSU Coach Mike Leach at the rostrum, the...

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee talks about the need to pass statewide testing requirements to keep federal funding at a press conference in his office. (Jim Camden)

Inslee pushing for testing to keep federal money

Inslee urges Legislature to approve student testing bill. OLYMPIA -- The Legislature should approve a bill requiring statewide testing in an effort to keep $40 million in federal funding for local schools, Gov. Jay Inslee said today. Speaking at a press conference while teachers opposed...

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OLYMPIA -- Members of the Majority Coalition Caucus -- Sens. Steve Braun, Steve O'Ban, Mike Hewitt, Andy Hill and Sharon Brown, standing, from left -- monitor the vote count on an alcohol sales tax bill over over Sen. Mark Schoesler's shoulder. The coalitions's measure passed. (Jim Camden)

Senate expands liquor rules for restaurants

Majority Coalition members watch vote count on liquor sales bill. It passed 26-23. OLYMPIA -- In a fight over fixing problems with an initiative that got the state out of the liquor business, the Senate tried to make it cheaper for restaurants and bars to...

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Legislature 'apologizes' for salmon wars

OLYMPIA -- Native Americans who were arrested and jailed for"off-season" fishing in tribal waters before a federal judge ruled they were within their treaty rights are getting the legislative version of an apology. A unanimous Senate approved and sent to Gov. Jay Inslee a bill...

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House passes budget with teacher raises 

OLYMPIA — In a prelude to end-of-session budget negotiations, the House dumped the Senate's no-new-taxes budget that extended some tax loopholes for businesses, replacing it with a plan to spend an extra $140 million on education and other programs, partly by raising several taxes. Democrats...

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Senate passes Palouse Falls designation 

OLYMPIA -- A plan to name Palouse Falls the official state waterfall passed the Senate and was sent to Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon. On a 46-3 vote, a plan devised by students at Washtucna Elementary School cleared its last legislative hurdle and seems likely...

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Senate: No tax breaks for pot

OLYMPIA -- A unanimous Senate voted to bar tax breaks for the state's fledgling marijuana businesses. On a 47-0 vote, it passed SB 6505, which says the state's new marijuana entrepreneurs who have filed for licenses to grow, process and sell recreational marijuana won't be...

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Committee votes to close 4 tax breaks

OLYMPIA -- Bottled water would carry the standard sales tax and out-of-state shoppers would have to apply for a refund of taxes they pay at the register under a proposal approved this morning by the House Finance Committee. On an 8-5 party-line vote, the panel...

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E-cigarette tax passes committee 

OLYMPIA -- Washington could levy a 75 percent tax on e-cigarettes under a proposal narrowly approved this morning by the House Finance Committee. On a 7-6 vote, the committee approved a plan to tax the mixture of nicotine, flavoring and water vapor despite objections from...

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Senate panel OKs state pot biz mega-committee

OLYMPIA – Facing a wide range of challenges for allowing different forms of legal marijuana, the Senate budget panel voted to set up a 22-member committee board to try to work things out. The proposed State Cannabis Industry Coordinating Committee would have four legislators, representatives...

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Hill: Lobbyists get "a hall pass"

OLYMPIA -- Faced with 16 bills up for a hearing and 27 that need a vote in executive committee, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Andy Hill suggested lobbyist stay seated, and quiet. "You can tell your employers I said you couldn't testify," Hill said...

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WA Lege Day 50: Ten days left

OLYMPIA -- A day of floor votes expected today -- and possibly the evening -- with only the Senate Ways and Means Committee scheduled to meet this afternoon. With only 10 days left in the session, that suggests the spillways will be opening for legislation...

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