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• The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the Washington State legislature is expected to consider bills that “would require businesses with 5,000 or more employees in the state to spend at least 9 percent of their payroll costs on employee health care, or pay the difference into the state's health care fund. Maryland adopted a similar law this year and some 30 other states are considering the same action.”

Floor votes are expected shortly.
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