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 By LEONA VAUGHNN    News    March 11, 2020

Sex ed bill passes Legislature

A bill requiring sex education in Washington public schools and that sparked fiery controversy is about to become law. Senate Bill 5395 requires all public schools in Washington state to give public s...

 
 By LEONA VAUGHNN    News    March 11, 2020

Legislature bans single-use plastic bags

Consumers will need to remember to bring their own reusable shopping bags if they want to avoid the fee that a new law will put on plastic bags. Senate Bill 5323 will ban retailers and grocers from...

 
 By LEONA VAUGHNN    News    March 11, 2020

New laws deal with arrests at courthouses, hairstyles, and domestic workers

Several bills poised to become signed into law this session would directly affect many Washington residents. House Bill 2567, which would outlaw arrests for civil matters at court houses unless there...

 

Lawmakers move to ban styrofoam containers

Lawmakers plan to eliminate the use of styrofoam food-service products in Washington state by enacting a bill to stop its sale and distribution. Senate bill 6213, sponsored by Senator Mona Das, D-...

 

More drug offenders could go to treatment

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison sentences. Senate Bill...

 

Lawmakers propose plan to treat mentally ill without consent

People unable to care for themselves due to mental illnesses could be subject to receiving treatment, even without their consent, if Washington state legislators pass a law to establish executorships...

 
 By LEONA VAUGHNN    News    February 5, 2020

Lawmakers propose bill to protect domestic worker rights

A measure designed to protect the health, safety, and overall well-being of domestic workers in Washington state has been sponsored by Democratic senators at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee and...

 
 By LEONA VAUGHNN    News    January 29, 2020

Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines

Gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition would be outlawed under a proposed law moving through the state Senate. Supporters cite safety concerns, while opponents argue the measure,...

 
 By LEONA VAUGHNN    News    January 22, 2020

Law would add fee for plastic bags

In an attempt to reduce plastic pollution, a bill banning retailers from handing out free single-use plastic bags in the state of Washington is moving in the Legislature. The bill, SB 5323, was...

 
 By LEONA VAUGHNN    News    January 22, 2020

Governor talks up state's positives, notes areas to improve

Gov. Jay Inslee stood before the Washington Legislature to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. “Washington state indeed embodies the best in America,” Gov. Inslee...

 
 By LEONA VAUGHNN    News    January 15, 2020

Opening Ceremony

The 2020 Washington State Legislative session began at noon Monday, Jan. 13, with an opening ceremony in which Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was...

 

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