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OLYMPIA – Hundreds of people gathered for a “March for Our Rights” gun-rights rally Saturday on the Washington Capitol campus. The group held a similar protest in April 2018. Speakers from various organizations spoke along with lawmakers including Reps. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley and Jim Wa…

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OLYMPIA – The 2019 legislative session began Jan. 14 and is scheduled to end on April 28, if the operation, transportation, and capital budget all pass the Legislature and are signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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OLYMPIA – Passing a basic skills assessment will no longer be required for individuals to be admitted to teacher preparation programs after legislation sponsored by Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday.

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OLYMPIA – The Legislature passed an amended version of a bill mandating meal and rest breaks for certain healthcare employees on Wednesday afternoon. The Senate passed the bill in a 63- 34 vote and the House passed it in 70-24.

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Undetectable and untraceable firearms and their creation would be illegal under proposed legislation. These types of firearms are being manufactured most commonly via 3-D printers and are often referred to as “ghost guns.”

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Despite past voter rejection of similar proposals, Senate Transportation Committee chair Steve Hobbs rolled out a comprehensive funding package that would impose a carbon pollution fee and gas tax increase to fund transportation projects statewide.