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Hot Off the Grill: Legislature eases into special session

Gov. Gregoire called a special session of the Legislature beginning this past Tuesday, April 26. The Senate began committee work and floor action Tuesday afternoon, worked through Wednesday and adjourned Thursday afternoon until next Tuesday. Meanwhile, the House has said they will not return until Monday.

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AG Rob McKenna to address Seattle restaurateurs

Next Wednesday, May 4, Rob McKenna is scheduled to talk with operators at the monthly Seattle Restaurant Alliance meeting at Charlie’s Bar and Grill. AG McKenna is a strong supporter of our industry, and this appearance is a rare opportunity to meet him and ask questions.

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75 million Americans expected to dine out this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day remains the most popular holiday on which to dine out, as the National Restaurant Association projects that 75 million American adults will do so this May 8.

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75 million Americans expected to dine out this Mother's Day

Mother’s Day remains the most popular holiday on which to dine out, as the National Restaurant Association projects that 75 million American adults will do so this May 8.

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Make a life not just a living — finding your purpose at work

Are you making the most of your team? A recent Gallup Study on employee engagement said that 71% of employees are either not engaged or actively disengaged in their jobs, and only 29% are said to be engaged in their job! Engage your team and improve your company.

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Amazing ProStart event May 12 in Seattle

Please join friends and families from NACE and ProStart in a evening of Food for Thought: Enhancing the Culinary Experience. This will be an amazing evening with fabulous food, free flowing wine, magical entertainment and lots of friends!

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Regular session ends, special session slated

Today the 105-day regular legislative session adjourns, two days early, allowing members to go home for the Easter weekend. Lawmakers are working feverishly to complete work on all policy bills that don’t have a bearing on the budget before today’s adjournment. Bills that fail to pass by today will very likely not be eligible for consideration again until next year.

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Weekly Update: Special session inevitable

With no budget agreement nailed down, it looks as though a special session of the Washington Legislature a sure thing. Gov. Gregoire is reported to be meeting with legislative leaders today to determine timing for a special session, wherein the state’s $5 billion budget shortfall will be shored up.

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Center Plate: April 21, 2011

Restaurants win again — Gov. Gregoire signs liquor omnibus bill With the signing this week of the WRA’s liquor omnibus bill this week, several of Washington state’s liquor laws will

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Restaurant industry survey needs member input

The Washington Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey (WRITS) is very important to WRA and we need your help. This will be the final tracking survey of the year…

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Washington Restaurant Association applauds passage of Senate omnibus liquor act into law

The Washington Restaurant Association today praised Gov. Gregoire for signing Senate Bill 5788 which was sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway and Sen. Mike Hewitt. The legislation includes several restaurant provisions, such as the ability for spirits, beer and wine restaurants to sell growlers of tapped beer to go and allows manufacturers of drink mixers to sample their product with liquor.

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Obama signs bill to repeal new 1099 reporting rules

President Obama last week signed into law H.R. 4, a bill that repeals the requirement that businesses begin filing 1099 information-reporting forms for most business-to-business transactions starting in 2012.

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Another win! Governor signs omnibus liquor act

On Monday, April 18, 2011 Gov. Gregoire signed into law SB 5788, the omnibus liquor act. Developed with input from the restaurant, beer and wine industries, as well as the Liquor Control Board, the bill brings several needed changes to Washington state liquor laws.

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WRA honors excellence in Spokane restaurant community

The Washington Restaurant Association’s Spokane Chapter announced last week that special recognition was awarded awarded in March to some of Spokane’s most outstanding restaurants.

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Hot Off the Grill: Worker’s comp reform and liquor privatization still on the table

As the WRA government affairs team enters the final week of the 105 day regular session, the legislature will shift focus to concurrence – reconciling differences between bills that may have been amended in one chamber and need final passage – and passing a final budget.