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Rep. Laurie Jinkins (center) stands with former Speaker Frank Chopp (left) and Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick. Jinkins was selected as the first woman speaker of the Washington state House on Wednesday.
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Washington House Democrats have selected Rep. Laurie Jinkins to serve as the state's first woman speaker of the House. 

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An allegation against Washington state Rep. David Sawyer of Tacoma has led House Democrats to restrict his contact with staff.

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Washington House Democrats are moving forward with a plan to eliminate several tax exemptions, but they don’t yet have buy-in from Senate Republicans.

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Washington’s overtime legislative session ends at midnight on Tuesday. But there’s still no agreement on a state budget for the next two years.

Over the weekend, the mostly Republican senate majority passed a revised version of its own spending plan, along with a trio of controversial policy measures.

The three policy bills are not new, the Senate passed them during the regular session. The difference is two of them now have referendum clauses, meaning voters would get the final say.

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Washington House Democrats have abandoned some proposed tax increases, but not others, in what they call a “significant compromise” budget offer to the Senate. The public unveiling Wednesday of a slimmed down House spending plan comes as the clock is running out on the current overtime session with still no budget deal.