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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Bill to create new state dies, but not the idea


Liberty website

NOW ENTERING LIBERTY: A bill to allow eastern Washington to secede from the state died in committee this year. But the idea hangs on.

The controversy surrounding the implementation of the second phase of the I-1639 gun control measure on the first of this month has more people turning their attention to a bill that didn't pass in the Washington legislature this year-but it may be gathering momentum for the next session.

House Bill 1509 was sponsored by 4th District Represenatives Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin, Jr. It sought to solidify the increasing urban/rural divide by splitting the State of Washington into two states, along the Cascade Range. West-side counties would inherit the historic Washington name, while the east side counties would form the new state of Liberty.

Section I of the bill spelled it out this way: "T...

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