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Healthcare professionals may gain protection from retaliation for reporting medical care violations even if they don’t work for the facility they’re reporting. Currently, confidentiality and retaliatory protections only extend to health care professionals that are employed by the health care...
    Vote by mail could become postage-free in Washington state     Free postage for ballots could change the future of voting in Washington state     Could increase voter participation A proposed law requested by Gov. Jay Inslee would provide prepaid postage for all election ballots in the...
    Specifies flat $30 for Car Tabs     Would limit additional fees  “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs,” an initiative that would limit annual motor-vehicle registration fees to $30 except for voter-approved charges, was sent to the Legislature for consideration by the Secretary of State. Initiative...
    Traditional retirement accounts would be exempt     Small businesses sales would be taxed People representing small business owners and low income workers had plenty to say at a public hearing Wednesday on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to impose a state capital gains tax. Thirty-three...
    Possible 3-year suspension of southern resident orca watching     Many proposals aimed at benefiting Chinook salmon, the orcas’ primary food supply     Would also look at strengthening existing law protecting Chinook and orcas Gov. Jay Inslee introduced an executive order last year...
    The Pacific razor clam could become the official state clam     Washington would be the first state showing clam pride Washington may become the first state to designate an official state clam, according to a law co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen and Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen...
    New agency aims to make internet access statewide       Wide rural and tribal support The creation of a Statewide Broadband Office and an initial investment of $25 million into getting broadband into “every nook and cranny” was announced by Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday.  “We know the...
    Inslee proposes ambitious legislative agenda     Inslee’s stance on gun control divides the floor     Republicans question how the state will pay for his proposals OLYMPIA― In his State of the State address Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee emphasized his program requests, but was criticized...
    New distance requirements for marijuana businesses in Washington     A proposed bill could shield children from marijuana     Lawmakers aim to keep dispensaries away from places frequented by children OLYMPIA ― The House Committee on Commerce and Gaming took up a bill that would include...
    Amendment could be law by the end of the week     Wide community and legislative support House Bill 1064, a proposed amendment to De-Escalate Washington- Initiative 940, was unanimously voted through the House Public Safety Committee today. After the vote, Rep. Brad Klippert, R Kennewick,...

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