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File photo of people gathered outside of the Washington state capitol building in Olympia, Wash. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

5 Things To Watch In The State Legislature This Year

Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday, and while they don’t have to grapple with a budget shortfall for the first time in several years, they still face pressing issues over funding for education and transportation.

CBS Seattle–01/13/2014

File photo of Governor Jay Inslee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Wash. Lawmakers Adjourn, End Grueling Year

Washington lawmakers adjourned for the year Saturday, bringing an end to a grueling six months of work that included two overtime sessions needed to resolve budget disputes.

06/29/2013

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Advocates File Gun Control Initiative

Advocates seeking to expand the use of background checks on gun sales have filed a ballot initiative.

CBS Seattle–06/11/2013

File photo of people gathered outside of the Washington state capitol building in Olympia, Wash. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Wash. Lawmakers Heading To Extended Session

With just one day before the end of session, Washington lawmakers slogged through a handful of lingering bills Saturday but appeared to make little progress toward the ultimate goal of a final budget agreement.

04/27/2013

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State Lawmakers Consider Tougher DUI Laws

Lawmakers are considering tightening up the state’s laws against driving under the influence after two recent cases that left three dead and two — including an infant — critically injured.

CBS Seattle–04/09/2013

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State Lawmakers Consider Gender-Neutral Language Bill

Over the past six years, state officials have engaged in the onerous task of changing the language used in the state’s copious laws, including thousands of words and phrases, many written more than a century ago when the idea of women working on police forces or on fishing boats wasn’t a consideration.

CBS Seattle–02/04/2013

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Death Penalty Foes Introduce Measure In Olympia

Republican and Democratic lawmakers against the death penalty have introduced a measure eliminating it. But they fully acknowledge that the bill won’t go anywhere this year in Olympia.

CBS Seattle–01/30/2013

President Barack Obama speaks on proposals to reduce gun violence. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheriffs And State Push Back Against Gun Control

From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama’s proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines has struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions — and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions.

01/17/2013

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Groups Renew ‘Tough Love’ Take On Local Kids With Guns

Gun rights and gun control groups joined prosecutors and lawmakers Wednesday in demanding some tough love for kids who illegally carry firearms, saying teen gun violence is on the rise and current laws aren’t up to the task of dealing with it.

CBS Seattle–11/28/2012

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UW Regents Approve 16 Percent Tuition Hike

The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved a 16 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students for the 2012-13 academic year.

06/07/2012

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