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New state laws take effect

OLYMPIA – While another increase to minimum wage is weighing on the mind of most business managers and owners, there is a list of other laws that went into effect Jan. 1, 2024.

State legislature passed over 450 bills in 2023, many of which became active law in July, but many were slated to start Jan. 1.

Some notable changes include some further regulations on gun ownership. The new Washington State law requires gun buyers to undergo a background check and then go through a 10-day waiting period before finalizing any purchases.

The law will also require gun buyers to register to take a safety t...


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