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Washington lawmakers released drafts of their 2024 budget proposals on Monday. What could be in store for Spokane County?

In Spokane County, current budget proposals stem from sending millions of dollars to help with recovery from the Gray and Oregon Road fires to building a bike path along Sunset Highway. Lawmakers have until the beginning of March to finalize their supplemental budget proposals. Both the House and Senate will have a chance to amend the other chamber’s budget proposals before they come together to submit one set of proposals on behalf of the entire Legislature.
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Bill that would regulate hospital mergers in Washington passes Senate, may join other legislation protecting abortion access

Democratic lawmakers in Olympia are pushing for legislation to ensure hospital mergers don’t limit patient access to abortions, gender-affirming care or medically-assisted death. The bill was partially inspired by concerns over access to abortion and gender-affirming care in hospitals with religious affiliations, especially in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 overturn of Roe v. Wade.