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More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

OLYMPIA — Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison sentences.

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Lawmakers consider a grow-your-own recreational marijuana bill

People may be allowed to grow up to six of their own cannabis plants and up to 15 plants per household if the Legislature passes House Bill 1131 or its companion, Senate Bill 5155.

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Lawmakers back timber industry as a way to reduce Washington’s carbon emissions

Washington state legislators are organizing bipartisan support for the timber industry amid the realization that forestry draws carbon from the atmosphere and could help the state meet its carbon reduction goals.

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Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines

OLYMPIA – Gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition would be outlawed under a proposed law moving through the state Senate.

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Republicans aim to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hang-up

OLYMPIA – As Initiative 976, the car tabs measure approved by voters in November, is held up in the State Supreme Court, Republicans proposed laws that would guarantee the $30 car tabs Washington voters approved.

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Gun rights advocates rally at Capitol

OLYMPIA – On what turned out to be a cold and rainy day, nearly 150 people from across Washington gathered Jan. 17 on the state Capitol steps in support of their right to bear arms.

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Farmers losing DNR leases may get vacation extension; compensation challenged

OLYMPIA, Mar. 3 – Legislation that would provide farmers more time to prepare for termination of their leases with Department of Natural Resources passed the Senate Feb. 26.

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