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Eastern Washington lawmakers file bill to split state

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) ��� Some conservative Eastern Washington lawmakers want to split the state in two, creating a new state east of the Cascade Range known as "Liberty."The idea is contained in House Joint Memorial 400, sponsored by Republican state Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin of Spokane Valley and David Taylor of Moxee.The Spokesman-Review says the idea of splitting from liberal Western Washington has been proposed numerous times in past decades.