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Washington Think Tank Calls November Election "Consequential"

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Chris Cargill with the Washington Policy Center watches Olympia video conference in Tri-Cities. Chris Cargill with the Washington Policy Center watches Olympia video conference in Tri-Cities.

KENNEWICK, WA - Lawmakers and a Washington state think tank say the November election could be one of the most important in history.

During a forum in the Tri-Cities Wednesday, Chris Cargill of the Washington Policy center told participants that the people voters send to Olympia in the fall will make monumental decisions affecting education, health care, and transportation.

"The next legislative session, 2015, could be one of the most consequential legislative sessions we've ever had,"Cargill says.

Among the issues the 2015 legislature will confront will be the state supreme court's order mandating the legislature spend as much as five billion dollars to improve education.

Local government leaders and representatives connected through a video conference with State Senator Sharon Brown and House Representative Brad Klippert, currently in Olympia for the legislative session, which ends tomorrow.

During the forum, Klippert said he doubted the legislature would make any decisions this year on a transportation bill, which could include a raise in the gasoline tax. Klippert also praised local governments who have declared moratoriums on recreational marijuana sales. Klippert says he believes it should be up to individual communities whether to permit marijuana sales.

Senator Brown says she would support legislation that would limit the number of bills the legislature would consider during its sessions.

In the past two years, more than 4,000 bills have been introduced in the legislature, according to Cargill.

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