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The 2015 Regular Session is 105 days | January 12 through April 27.

During the Washington Legislative session, Jeff and Dale invited lawmakers to discuss hot topics on Daybreak. Schedule:  Monday 8:40AM – Senator Tim Sheldon. Wednesdays 7:40AM – Representative Dan Griffey. Thursdays 8:15AM – Representative Drew MacEwen. US Congressman Derek Kilmer- monthly broadcasts.

Legislature OKs Bill Paving Way For WSU Medical School

waleg insideThe Legislature has passed a bill that opens the door for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane. Senators approved House Bill 1559 on a 47-1 vote Wednesday, and the measure now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

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House Democrats To Release Budget Proposal Friday

WA capmoney The caucus announced Tuesday that the package will be revealed on Friday morning. Lawmakers are in the midst of a 105-day legislative session that is scheduled to end April 26. They need to write a new two-year operating budget for the state under the shadow of a court-ordered requirement

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Republicans Renewing Calls For State Auditor To Take Leave

Some Republican legislative leaders are renewing calls for Democratic Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley to take a leave of absence while a federal investigation surrounding him plays out. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler also said Tuesday that Kelley should be more transparent about the events that have led to federal agencies to seek documents from his home and office as well as records related to him at other state agencies and the Legislature.

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Inslee-Backed Bill For Vaping Taxes, Regulations Draws Crowd

waleg insideA bill to tax electronic cigarettes at the same 95 percent rate as tobacco products drew a crowd that overflowed several meeting rooms for a House committee hearing. The bill had its first public hearing before the House's Commerce and Labor committee Monday afternoon.

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Bill Tied To Fish-Consumption Water Rule Clears House

waterLegislation tied to the state's efforts to update water quality standards is headed to the Senate after winning approval in the House. Gov. Jay Inslee had requested the legislation aimed at tackling toxic pollution at its source. The measure is part of larger state efforts to update

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Governor Signs Bill To Limit Time Mentally Ill In Jails

inslee sign032015Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that sets a new limit on the amount of time a mentally ill person can be held in jail awaiting competency evaluations or treatment.

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Washington Legislature 2015 Session: What's Alive, What's Dead

olympiaHalfway through the Washington Legislature's 105-day session, only three bills have made it to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk to be signed into law, with the state's Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-led House each passing a series of bills

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