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DREAM Act Still Alive In State
One policy bill that could make a comeback during the Special Session is the state's DREAM Act.
A spokesperson for OneAmerica, a pro-immigration reform group said the bill is referenced in the House Budget, which essentially keeps it alive...
Yakima Police Chief Rizzi Supports a State Racketeering Law
Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi would like to see the state enact a racketeering law to allow police to seize the assets of documented gang members. The chief will tell that to lawmakers today when he attends the Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs Legislative Day in Olympia…
Possible Changes to Family and Medical Leave Insurance
Business issues were once again at the forefront of the Washington State Senate as it began the third week of the legislative session. Passed in 2007, the family and medical leave insurance act included a number of provisions that affect businesses in Washington...
Yakima Officials Staking City Claims in Olympia
Lobbying for City projects is what a team from Yakima is doing in Olympia today. City Manager Tony O'Rourke and Police Chief Dominic Rizzi Jr. are knocking on doors of lawmakers along with City Council members Dave Ettl and Mayor Micah Cawley...
Changes in Washington State Voting Process Being Introduced
AP-It's well known that in Washington state, elections often don't end on election night, because the state's vote-by-mail system ensures that any close race will be unsettled for days afterward. But one measure introduced by Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, would require ballots on election night …
First Washington State Same Sex Marriage Licenses to be Issued
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Ten same-sex couples were selected in a lottery Monday to receive some of the first licenses issued under the new Washington state law allowing gay marriage.
Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman held the lottery involving 15 couples that sought to receive their license at 12:01 a..…
Election Battles for House Seats in Olympia
SEATTLE (AP) — Whether Republicans or Democrats take control of the state Senate next year will be up to voters in a handful of districts.
Currently, the Democrats hold a 27 to 22 seat lead. But the two parties and their allies have poured millions of dollars into just a few districts, mostly l…
Weather Doesn’t Dampen March For Life
Despite the inclement weather, a crowd of hundreds gathered on the steps of the Washington State Capitol Building Tuesday for the annual March For Life.
A slushy mixture of snow and rain fell Anti-Abortion supporters in Olympia Tuesday, but nothing could dampen the crowd's lively spirit...

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