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Election Could Decide Control Of Washington Senate

The key question hanging over legislative races Tuesday is which party will lead the state Senate for the next two years, a result that will have a role in defining the second-half of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s term.

CBS Seattle–11/04/2014

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

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Senate Passes Bill To Boost Jobs For Veterans

The Senate has passed a bill that would give Washington state business owners a tax break for hiring unemployed military veterans.

CBS Seattle–03/04/2014

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

State Senate Introduces New Version Of Dream Act

Leaders in the Washington state Senate on Thursday introduced a measure that expands college financial aid for students who are illegally in the country just weeks after the House passed a similar bill.

CBS Seattle–01/30/2014

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Big Money Pouring Into Wash. Senate Race

The ongoing power struggle in the Washington state Senate has made one upper chamber race in an off-year election the most expensive legislative contest in state history.

CBS Seattle–10/21/2013

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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

(Rep. Ann Rivers)

Rivers Replaces Zarelli in State Senate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — County commissioners have appointed Republican Rep. Ann Rivers to fill an empty state Senate seat. Rivers was sworn in Monday to replace Sen. Joseph Zarelli, who resigned from the 18th District […]

CBS Seattle–06/25/2012

Christine Tulley, right, and Rachel Baker, left, wait in line to enter the Manhattan clerks office to be married July 24, 2011 in New York City. (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Washington State Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Gay Marriage

The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, bringing the state a step closer to becoming the seventh to allow lesbian and gay couples to wed. But the threat of a ballot challenge looms.

02/02/2012

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