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Politics WA House passes judicial review of mental health decisions WA House passes judicial review of mental health decisions
The Washington state House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill allowing family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others.
Politics Wash. lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penalty Wash. lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penalty
Bills to abolish the death penalty were introduced in the state House and Senate on Monday, an effort that seeks to build on Gov. Jay Inslee's decision last year to impose a moratorium on capital punishment.
Politics Washington granted REAL ID deadline extension
The federal government on Friday granted Washington state a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards that require proof of legal U.S. residency for holders who want to use them to access certain areas of federal buildings and eventually board a commercial flight.
Politics Oregon reports strong job growth, lower unemployment rate
The December unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent, the state Employment Department said Wednesday, a result of strong job gains in the last three months of 2014 and a slackening in the rush to rejoin the workforce.