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Everett Herald: Local businesses reeling over massive unemployment tax hike

Everett Herald: Local businesses reeling over massive unemployment tax hike

EDMONDS—Business owner Shubert Ho fears that another stroke of bad luck for the Puget Sound region’s restaurant industry would be the knockout blow. The first devastating setback came last spring, when the economic shutdown forced his restaurant group to lay off 95% of the more than 200 employees who staff the company’s six Edmonds establishments, including Salt & Iron and Bar ...

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MLT News: Daily Legislative Report: Jan. 25, 2021

MLT News: Daily Legislative Report: Jan. 25, 2021

MLTnews presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering the 2021 Washington State Legislature. In the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee, Senate Bill 5267 earned a public hearing. Sponsored by Senator Derek Stanford, the legislation would require state licensing certification for electrical work associated with flipping property. It would prevent local homeowners from gaining permits and doing the work themselves ...

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MLT News: Stanford sponsoring bill to implement clean fuels standards in Washington

MLT News: Stanford sponsoring bill to implement clean fuels standards in Washington

This year, Washington state could join the rest of the West Coast in a significant step toward reducing carbon pollution as well as health risks from fuel emissions, if a bill sponsored by 1st District State Sen. Derek Stanford passes. SB 5231 would implement a clean fuels standard in Washington. The standard would set a trajectory for oil refiners and importers ...

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The Columbian: Inslee signs legislation named for slain Vancouver transgender teen

The Columbian: Inslee signs legislation named for slain Vancouver transgender teen

By Jeffrey Mize, Columbian staff reporter

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today a bill that will prevent a defendant from using so-called panic defenses upon discovering a victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

House Bill 1687 has been named “The Nikki Kuhnhausen Act” following last year’s killing of Vancouver transgender teen ...

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Bothell Reporter: Stanford sworn in as senator for 1st Legislative District

Bothell Reporter: Stanford sworn in as senator for 1st Legislative District

Sen. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, was sworn in Jan. 13 to represent the 1st Legislative District in the Washington State Senate.

He was appointed to the office on July 1 following the departure of Sen. Guy Palumbo.

“I look forward to continuing to put people first by making sure our education system is ...

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