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Final two weeks of Washington legislature

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OLYMPIA, Wash--In its final two weeks, the Washington Legislature is taking final action on some bills. It has passed a bill that should prevent many primary ballots from being rejected. Ballots would be counted when the voters stick to a party line, even if they fail to check a party. Last September nearly 100-thousand ballots were disqualified for not having a party selected. Governor Gregoire is expected to sign the bill authorizing a military cemetery near Spokane. The federal government will reimburse the state's construction costs. Gregoire also is expected to sign a bill that would make Washington the first state to phase out the use of some fireproofing chemicals in furniture and electronics. The toxic chemical is starting to show up in the food chain. The Senate has passed a bill requested by Gregoire that would require the government to give owners 15 days notice of plans to take property by eminent domain. The Senate passed a bill regulating ownership of wild animals. The Humane Society says Washington is one of eleven states without regulations for dangerous wild animals.

 

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