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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

State officials want to prevent people from smoking marijuana at bars and nightclubs. (Getty Images)

Stake Taking Steps To Make Sure Marijuana Isn’t Used At Bars

Washington’s Liquor Control Board wants to make sure people aren’t using marijuana in bars and nightclubs.

CBS Seattle–10/30/2013

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

State Senate Leaders Claim Budget Deal Reached

Leaders in the state Senate said Wednesday that lawmakers have agreed to the framework of a new budget to avert a government shutdown, but counterparts in the House cautioned that no final accord had been reached.

CBS Seattle–06/27/2013

The capitol building in Olympia (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Furlough Notices Going To State Workers

Thousands of Washington state employees are receiving furlough notices Monday telling them they face a temporary layoff unless state lawmakers agree on a budget this week to prevent a government shutdown.

CBS Seattle–06/24/2013

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

Inslee Criticizes Lack Of Progress On Budget

Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he is concerned about the “lack of substantive progress” in budget negotiations as lawmakers near the end of an overtime session, and he specifically called out a measure put forth by Senate Republicans that he says will take money away from education.

CBS Seattle–06/05/2013

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Changing Winds Help Firefighters In Western Washington

(CBS Seattle) — A shift in winds Monday is helping firefighters battle a couple of wildfires in southwest Washington. The Department of Natural Resources  says it’s focusing on the Dog Mountain fire that has burned […]

CBS Seattle–05/06/2013

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