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.
Bill would help protect anyone under 18 from being forced to undergo “gay conversion therapy.”
House and Senate leaders will meet to finalize legislation.
Tanning facilities that serve minors would face a $250 fine.
Washington already has the highest state minimum wage in the country, and Gov. Jay Inslee says it should go even higher.
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.
Washington’s Liquor Control Board wants to make sure people aren’t using marijuana in bars and nightclubs.
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.
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.
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.