Lens LegiTrack Update: March 20, 2017

Lens LegiTrack Update: March 20, 2017

The following article was compiled by the Lens staff. Each week, the Lens staff puts together a compilation of bills important to the business community, and their movement through the legislature. This past week, a...

Consolidating Beer, Wine, and Spirits Licenses For Retail Businesses 

Washington state lawmakers are strongly supporting a House measure which would reduce licensing burdens for grocery store and wine or beer specialty stores. HB 1351 received its first public hearing after passing the House this week,...
Small Business 'Bill Of Rights' Legislation Receiving Strong Support

Small Business ‘Bill Of Rights’ Legislation Receiving Strong Support

After unanimously passing their respective Washington State houses last month, two pieces of legislation related to informing small business of their rights under state agency inspection are making headway during public hearings. Business advocates...
New Carbon Tax Proposal Under Fire By Washington Manufacturers

New Carbon Tax Proposal Under Fire By Washington Manufacturers

House Democrats have proposed a new carbon tax they say addresses criticisms leveled against similar proposals that have failed to garner legislative or voter support. However, state industry members testifying at the  March 14...
Deregulating Washington’s Movie Theater Industry

Deregulating Washington’s Movie Theater Industry

Local theater business owners are praising SB 5161, which they argue would offer a better return of investment for their venues and help those businesses better compete with in-home entertainment options. The bill passed the Washington...
Washington Industry Urges Caution With Proposed Data Broker Tax

Washington Industry Urges Caution With Personal Data Sales Tax

Annual sales of personal information in the United States now exceeds $300 billion. Some state lawmakers want to tax those transactions when they involve Washingtonians’ data. HB 1904 sponsored by State Rep. Norma Smith...
Lens LegiTrack Update: March 20, 2017

Lens LegiTrack Update: March 11, 2017

The following article was compiled by the Lens staff. Each week, the Lens staff puts together a compilation of bills important to the business community, and their movement through the legislature. This week marked the...
Giving A Boost To Washington's Hi-Tech Research, Space Industry

Giving A Boost To Washington’s Hi-Tech Research, Space Industry

Washington currently ranks fifth in the nation for innovation related to research and development (R&D), according to a 2016 study by the Milken Institute State Technology and Science Index. However, in a 2015 study...
Inviting Skilled Medical Practitioners To Washington

Inviting Skilled Medical Practitioners To Washington

A measure that would join Washington with 18 other states in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was met with favorable testimony in the a Thursday, March 9 Senate Health Care Committee public hearing. The bill...
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