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File photo of a helicopter flying over a wildfire. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Wildfires Prompt State Of Emergency Declaration

A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties because of multiple wildfires that threaten several hundred homes

CBS Seattle–07/16/2014

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

Dozens Of New Laws Take Effect In Washington

About 200 new laws take effect this week, including one that expands state financial aid for college students who are in the country without legal status

CBS Seattle–06/11/2014

Attorney General Bob Ferguson alleged that Dish Network charged customers an extra dollar to cover its cost for higher business taxes, but did not notify customers about the fee. (Getty Images)

Dish Network To Refund $2 Million To Washington CustomersĀ 

Attorney general alleged the satellite TV company charged customers an extra dollar to recoup costs for higher business tax.

04/15/2014

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

State Senate OKs Fish Wars Bill, Heads To Inslee

American Indian tribal members arrested while exercising their treaty fishing rights before 1975 would get the chance to clear their criminal records under a bill headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk.

CBS Seattle–03/06/2014

Tesla Model S (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tesla Protests Bills That Would Limit Expansion

Tesla enthusiasts drove their electric cars to Olympia on Monday to protest legislation they said would prevent the company from opening and operating additional facilities in Washington state.

CBS Seattle–02/18/2014

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Bill To Prevent Gay Conversion Passes House

Bill would help protect anyone under 18 from being forced to undergo “gay conversion therapy.”

02/14/2014

A teen girl rescued from a human trafficking ring after a police operation in Guatemala (Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

Human Trafficking Bills Pass State Legislature

House and Senate leaders will meet to finalize legislation.

02/13/2014

The bill would force tanning salons that serve anyone under 18 to pay a $250 fine. (Getty Images)

Bill Would Ban Tanning Beds For Most Teens

Tanning facilities that serve minors would face a $250 fine.

01/20/2014

File photo of Gov. Jay Inslee. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Inslee Wants Minimum Wage Increase

Washington already has the highest state minimum wage in the country, and Gov. Jay Inslee says it should go even higher.

CBS Seattle–01/14/2014

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

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