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Hunters have until March 31 to apply for multiple-season permits

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OLYMPIA – Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field.

In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.

Winners of the drawing will be eligible to purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader and modern firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2014. Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag by Aug. 31 can participate in general elk-hunting season in both eastern and western Washington.

Winners also may choose any weapon type when applying for a special permit to hunt deer or elk.

“This is a great opportunity for hunters to extend their hunting season this fall,” said Dave Ware, game manager for WDFW. “Rather than having to choose one hunting method over another, hunters drawn for a multiple-season permit who purchase the tag can participate in multiple seasons.”

Ware noted that the tags can be used only during general seasons and in game management units that are open during a modern firearm, muzzleloader, or archery general season. For example, winners may not hunt during the muzzleloader general season in an area that is not open for the muzzleloader general season.

Also, hunters can apply only once for each species and are limited to harvesting one deer or elk.

Hunters may purchase a multiple-season permit application at an authorized license dealer, listed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ , or by calling (866) 246-9453. The permit application is $7.10 for residents and $110.50 for nonresidents.

A 2014 hunting license is not required to submit an application, but winners of the drawing must purchase one before they can purchase a multiple-season tag.

Hunting licenses and multiple-season tags can be purchased from local license dealers, on the Internet (http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ ) or by calling (866) 246-9453. Including transaction fees, multiple-season deer or elk tags cost $182.00 for residents and nonresidents in addition to the cost of an annual hunting license. For more information, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ , or call the licensing department at (360) 902-2464. 

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Senate votes to give Washington residents more affordable health-care choices

OLYMPIA… Calling it a relief to citizens who have found themselves without affordable catastrophic health insurance, Sen. Steve O’Ban today led a majority of the Senate in approving Senate Bill 6464. O’Ban, the west Pierce County Republican who sponsored the measure, said it represents hope for people who have lost their medical insurance due to Obamacare.

“I have received hundreds of e-mails, letters and online messages from those who’ve had their insurance policies canceled. In other cases, people in my district have had their deductibles and premiums double. These are real people who are now having a very difficult time finding insurance to cover their families,” said O’Ban, who represents the 28th Legislative District. “230,000 Washingtonians have had their health-care insurance plans canceled after implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and they’ve been unable to replace them.”

SB 6464 would allow Washington residents to buy catastrophic health-care plans in other states. Additionally, it would require the state insurance commissioner – for a period of one year – to approve plans that do not meet the requirements of Obamacare. Also, health carriers could continue offering certain individual or small-group health plans in the market outside of the health-care exchange, regardless of whether the plans meet the requirements of Obamacare.

O’Ban’s measure would bar the insurance commissioner from prohibiting the continuation of these plans – reversing an action taken to prevent residents from purchasing affordable care from other states (even though President Obama allowed states to obtain exemption waivers) – and allow out-of-state carriers to offer insurance products in Washington.

“People are being forced to choose between health care and paying their mortgage,” O’Ban added. “In our state, if you try to find a replacement catastrophic health-care insurance plan there is only one carrier in each county who offers one. That’s not choice, that’s the elimination of choice. With this bill, if you liked your health insurance, we’ll get it back for you.”

SB 6464 could be considered in the House of Representatives in the coming weeks.