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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

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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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Gov. Inslee Signs Pot Law Changes

Washington finalized swift changes to the state’s definition of marijuana Wednesday after prosecutors and crime lab scientists expressed concern about the technical aspects of a voter-approved legalization initiative.

CBS Seattle–05/01/2013

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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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Gov. Inslee Proposes Extension Of Temporary Taxes

Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his budget proposal Thursday, laying out plans to make some temporary taxes permanent and to end some tax exemptions to address both the state’s projected budget deficit and a court-ordered requirement to put more money into the state’s basic education system.

CBS Seattle–03/29/2013

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Gun Bill Backers Secure Key Vote In State House

Supporters of a plan to expand background checks on gun sales are more optimistic about the bill’s fate after securing another key vote. Democratic Rep. Jamie Pederson of Seattle said Tuesday he expected the state House would take up the measure later in the day. Supporters have been straining to corral a few extra votes that would give the bill majority support in the chamber.

CBS Seattle–03/12/2013

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Pot-Related Bills Advance In State Legislature

Two marijuana-related bills advanced Thursday in Olympia, with legislative committees giving their OK to one measure that would block police from arresting medical marijuana patients and another that would let people have misdemeanor pot convictions erased.

CBS Seattle–02/21/2013

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State Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Tax Medical Pot Sales

Democratic Reps. Ross Hunter of Medina and Reuven Carlyle of Seattle introduced a bill Thursday that would tax marijuana sales from dispensaries 25 percent.

CBS Seattle–02/07/2013

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