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Legislative Session 2017

The 2017 Legislative Session convene for the regular session on Monday, January 9, 2017 and will end April 23, 2017.

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Celebration of Mike Matson’s Life
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In Memoriam Martin Koleber, Don Daniels, & Dave Grayson
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In Memory of Donald G. Daniels (LEOFF I Coalition President
2012-2014) - Aug. 09, 1928 - April 23, 2014

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In Memory of Martin "Marty" L. Koleber - April 12, 1946 - Dec. 3, 2013
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Life Expectancies Table - 2.15.10
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NCSL Posts Preliminary Summary of 2010 State Pensions and Retirement Legislation
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Retirement Confidence Survey – 2010 Results
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Founding Fathers
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Report on the Joint Committee On Pension Policy meeting in Olympia - 09.21.2010
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A few more answers on new cell phone law - 6.14.10
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New Cell Phone Law Goes Into Effect - 6.11.10
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Cell Phone Numbers Go Public This Month
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Watch The Impact – 3.18.10
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The Schrammie: Get your priorities straight by Ken Schram – 3.17.10
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Republican lawmakers frustrated at slow pace of special session – 3.17.10
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State House approves suspension of I-960. – 2.18.10
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Olympia wants to raise your taxes. – 2.18.10
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State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Cops to Be 'Truthful and Honest' – 2.18.10
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Wash. gov wants $605M in taxes for deficit. – 2.18.10
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Candy maker: tax discriminates. – 2.18.10
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The "T" Word
February 16, 2010

No public official likes to raise taxes in an election year, and who can blame them? Voters, smacked by a miserable economy this year and last, have long memories. "Hang on to your wallets, the Legislature is in town" is a time-worn cliche, but it has just enough truth to inflame voters. Read more

Bill proposes penny hike in the state sales tax.

Majority Democrats' smorgasbord of tax proposals at the Legislature just got a main dish. Rep. Dennis Flannigan of Tacoma and 14 other Democrats introduced a bill today that adds a penny to the state's 6.5 percent share of the sales tax, then phases out the extra tax as jobless rates improve. BRAD SHANNON in the Politics Blog. Poulsbo Legislator Backs 1% Increase in State Sales Tax. STEVEN GARDNER with Kitsap Sun -- 2.12.10

Thousands gather for memorial honoring Deputy Mundell
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The Other Bad News?
Capital Budget

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Thursday Q&A:
Reps. DeBolt and Kessler on taxes, budget and parolees

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Governor Gregoire Press Conference
Washington State Public Affairs TV Network
December 9, 2009
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Seattle gun owner tries to halt ban on guns in parks.

Locals may very well be watching what happens with this, as Bellingham City Council members have expressed interest in working with the state Legislature to change state laws that, city attorneys say, don’t allow local jurisdictions to ban guns in parks (because it’s not in the state law, and state law on this matter supercedes/pre-empts city law). SAM TAYLOR in the Bellingham Herald’s Politics blog – 12.16.09

Law enforcement to look at policies after Lakewood shootings.

Gov. Chris Gregoire will convene a summit of key law-enforcement groups later this month to hear about "lessons learned" from the assassination of four Lakewood Police officers. JONATHAN MARTIN with Seattle Times -- 12.16.09

Raises in sight for some. Pay: More money for state workers a touchy subject in time of budget cuts.

More than 21,000 state employees could get pay raises of up to 5 percent in the next year, despite Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to cut $1.7 billion from public schools, health care and other programs to solve a budget shortfall. BRAD SHANNON with Olympian -- 12.16.09

Gregoire wants tax increases to maintain state programs, services.

Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire today presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare, and education programs that reach every corner of Washington. CURT WOODWARD with the AP in PDN, Seattle Times, Bellingham Herald and TNT – 12.10.09

Lawmakers break along party lines on tax need.

Republican Rep. Gary Alexander of Thurston County said in an interview he is not ready for tax increases, and he believes Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire needs to look closer at reforming how state services are delivered before trying to raise new revenues. BRAD SHANNON’s Politics Blog in the Olympian. Also by SHANNON: Advocacy coalition forming around tax hikes – 12.10.09

Live on TVW: Pension funding report
The Capitol Record
Washington State Public Affairs TV Network
December 3, 2009
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Swine flu vaccine recalled.

Some H1N1 vaccine has been recalled, health officials said today. SHEILA HAGAR with the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and No safety concerns with flu vaccine recall. MICHELLE DUPLAR with Tri-City Herald -- 12.16.09

Gregoire budget goal: Focus public's mind.

An old truism behind draconian cuts to education, corrections and health care contained in the state budget unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire: There's nothing like a hanging in the morning to focus the mind. JOEL CONNELLY in SeattlePI’s Strange Bedfellows – 12.10.09

Our taxation identity problem.

With a giant hole in the state budget and a huge burden on the poor, some are thinking new taxes or tax reform. Opposition is certain, but maybe the problem is with reformers' off-putting language, like "regressive." MATT FIKSE with Crosscut – 12.10.09

Social Security makes it official: No COLA in 2010
The Olympian, published 10/15/09

Off-roading groups sue state over $9.5 million budget twist
The Olympian, published 10/6/09

Pension Funds Fall Short
The Olympian, published 10/2/09
Rep. Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, and the top House budget writer, said the pensions are guaranteed so retirees are not facing cuts in benefits.

California Pension Re-negotiation Initiative FAILS

NOVA Account Raid/ESHB 1244

Balancing the State Budget, Potential New Taxes – March 20, 2009

HOW THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE
CAN RUIN AN OUTSTANDING RETIREMENT SYSTEM

By William P. Kantor 02/03/2006

State Pensions Take a Dive – January 30, 2009

House Majority Rolls Out Bill to Cut $640 million – January 27, 2009

State Counting on Federal Dollars – January 27, 2009

LEOFF I Coalition News – January 23, 2009

Leoff 1 Coalition News Release - November 19, 2004
LEOFF 1 Coalition Contributes $10,000.00 for Attorney’s Fees

Seattle Times Article:
State pension fund must plug huge hole

ENRON & The Washington State Investment Board


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