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House passes gay marriage bill, governor to sign next week

February 9, 2012
House passes gay marriage bill, governor to sign next week

Same-sex marriage is only a governor’s signature away from reality in Washington state following a 55-43 vote in the Washington State House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. The 55-43 vote on Senate Bill 6239 came following two and a half hours of impassioned debate on both sides of the issue. “We do not seek,...
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Bill would let local governments impose transportation taxes

February 8, 2012
Bill would let local governments impose transportation taxes

Washington residents in many local jurisdictions — particularly King County — are likely to be confronted with a laundry list of new fees and taxes to pay for transportation and transit projects if a bill approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday eventually becomes law. Senate Bill 6582 would allow city and county...
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Same-sex marriage bill passes committee, floor vote up next

February 6, 2012
Same-sex marriage bill passes committee, floor vote up next

As expected, the Washington State House Judiciary Committee voted 7-5 on Monday morning to approve a gay marriage bill passed last week by the Senate. The measure now moves to the House floor, where its passage is also expected. Monday’s action on House Bill 6329 came after impassioned testimony on both sides of the...
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Zarelli’s pension bill hears opposition from organized labor

February 3, 2012
Zarelli’s pension bill hears opposition from organized labor

  A pension reform measure introduced during the current legislative session by Sen. Joe Zarelli (R-Ridgefield) illustrates the range of reforms he believes lawmakers can and should adopt this year to continue moving state government toward financial stability. “The Legislature can regress and go for a short-term fix based on new revenue, as we...
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Amendments to protect gay marriage opponents ignored

February 2, 2012
Amendments to protect gay marriage opponents ignored

Knowing the Washington State Senate would inevitably approve the same-sex marriage bill before it — which it later did by a vote of 28-21 — opponents fought in vain on Wednesday night to attach amendments that would protect the religious and moral freedoms of those who see the issue differently. While several amendments ensuring...
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Senate approves legislative, congressional redistricting plans

February 1, 2012
Senate approves legislative, congressional redistricting plans

The Washington State Senate on Wednesday approved the legislative and congressional redistricting plan proposed by a bipartisan commission after a year of negotiation on Jan. 1. The measure, which redrew the boundary lines in the state’s 39 legislative and nine existing congressional districts, also added a 10th congressional district by virtue of Washington’s population...
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GOP plan would create separate fund for K-12 education

February 1, 2012
GOP plan would create separate fund for K-12 education

The House Education Appropriations and Oversight Committee held a public hearing Tuesday on a Republican proposal that would put teeth into the state requirement that school funding be regarded as the state’s paramount duty. Dubbed “Fund Education First,” the plan is to create a new, separate K-12 education budget that would be required to...
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