Last week the Legislature moved on a number of bills – some good, but unfortunately, many not so good. On February 15, Senate Bill 5438 received a hearing in the Senate labor committee. The measure would create a benefit program for illegal aliens, who are not legally authorized to work in the United States. The following day, we had a spirited debate on the issue of parental consent for minors to have abortions. Later in the day, the Ways and Means Committee met for an executive session on Senate Bill 5096, which would create an income tax on capital gains.
…In other news, Amazon confirmed on Thursday that a Spokane Valley development shrouded in mystery for months will serve as a “non-sort” fulfillment center.