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House votes to turn sales-tax break for out-of-state shoppers into a refund program that raising $47.3 million in revenue

House Democrats used their superior numbers to push through a tax measure this evening that ends the sales-tax exemption for out-of-state shoppers, turning the tax break into a refund program. House Bill 2036 raises about $47.3 million in the next biennium, if the Republican-controlled Senate agrees to pass the measure as part of ongoing budget negotiations at the Capitol.

As crafted by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, the Democrats’ Finance Committee chairman, the measure does not actually end the ability of out-of-state shoppers to get a tax break. But it does make them fill out paperwork and apply for the refund.

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Budget battle is joined as House passes $905M tax plan with bare minimum 50 votes; 5 Democrats vote no

Majority Democrats used their superior numbers in the state House to muscle through a $905 million tax package aimed at funding education today on a 50-to-47 vote.  Five Democrats – Reps. Kathy Haigh of Shelton, Chris Hurst of Enumclaw, Dawn Morrell of Puyallup, Larry Seaquist of Gig Harbor and Monica Stonier of Vancouver – crossed over to join Republicans who united against it.

Mike Baker of the Associated Press has this story on the floor action: OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democrats in the Washington state House moved ahead Wednesday with a plan that would increase tax revenue by

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UPDATE – House votes 53-to-43 in near party-line vote to require health insurers to cover abortion alongside maternity


In a near party-line vote, the state House passed the contentious “Reproductive Parity Act” to the Senate by a 53-to-43 margin Friday. One Republican, freshman Rep. Chad Magendaz of Issaquah, voted in favor, and two Democrats – freshman Rep. Roger Freeman of Federal Way and Rep. Chris Hurst of Enumclaw – voted against the bill requiring health insurers to pay for abortions if they also insure maternity services.

House Bill 1044 now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, had pledged to hear it as one of the first bills that are sent over by the House ata today’s cutoff.


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State Senate moves session’s first bills, delays floor fight on workers-comp changes at least until Friday

The state Legislative Building in Olympia is where the House and Senate meet. (Tony Overman / Staff photographer)

A widely expected fight over changes to Washington state’s worker compensation did not materialize on the state Senate floor this morning. Republican Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville said the Majority Coalition Caucus wanted to give minority Democrats more time after the Democrats objected to the fast pace the bills were moving. The package of bills opposed by organized labor could go to a vote as soon as Friday after moving out of the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Monday.

Jonathan Kaminsky
of The Associated Press has a story about the turn-around and the minor bills the Senate did pass today:

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