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Pro-retail bills pass legislature and head to Governor

By Mark Johnson, Senior VP Government Affairs

Martha Miller, Senior Regional Director of Government Affairs for Target meets and thanks Senator Mike Padden, Chairman of the Law and Justice Committee, for his support of bills to address organized retail theft.

Martha Miller, Senior Regional Director of Government Affairs for Target meets and thanks Senator Mike Padden, Chairman of the Law and Justice Committee, for his support of bills to address organized retail theft.

I am happy to report that three WRA priority bills have passed both houses of the Legislature and now go to the Governor for his consideration and hopeful signature.

Senate Bills 5632, (flash mob robberies) and 5635 (retail theft with special circumstances) received near unanimous votes out of the House and strong concurrence out of the Senate.  House Bill 2005, streamlining the business licensing process, passed both chambers with unanimous votes.  WRA wishes to thank the prime sponsors, Senators Mike Padden (R) and Steve O’Ban (R), and Representative Kristine Lytton (D) for championing the bills.

We will now send letters of support to the Governor asking for his approval of these three important bills.  They will help in the fight against organized retail theft and in simplifying the business licensing process, saving retailers time and money.  Session is scheduled to end Sunday, April 23.

Look here for Senator Padden’s announcement of approval for the bill he sponsored.

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