New Laws Take Effect Jan 1

As we close out 2018, state officials are reminding residents about new laws going into effect January 1. 

The State Minimum Wage increases to $12 per hour Jan 1

After Januray 1, you can be fined up to $500 for the misuse and misrepresentation of regular animals as service animals. The new law changes the definition of “service animal.

The statewide minimum wage in Washington will increase to $12 after the start of the year. This minimum wage will apply to all jobs, but employees ages 14-15 may be paid 85 percent of minimum wage ($9.78).

KFKB Morning News Dec 27, 2018

People under 21 years old won’t be able to buy a semi-automatic rifle come January. The purchase age for those firearms will increase from 18 to 21 on January 1 after voters approved Initiative 1639 in November. Other parts of the initiative, which includes incentives for safe storage and new enhanced background checks for rifles that are similar to handguns, won’t go in effect until July.