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 By Madeline Coats    News    March 13, 2019

Civil rights suits target parts of I-1639

Two civil rights lawsuits in Washington state have challenged the constitutionality of certain bans enacted through the gun control measure, Initiative 1639. Each lawsuit is built on the premise that...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    March 13, 2019

House votes to eliminate objections to vaccines

In a 57-40 vote, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would eliminate the philosophical or personal objection used to exempt children from receiving the vaccines...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    March 6, 2019

AG issues FAQ document on 1639

Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a “Frequently Asked Questions” document on Initiative 1639 on March 4, sending letters to all 39 sheriffs across the state. In his letter, Ferguson...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    March 6, 2019

Law would support full recovery of gray wolves

A proposed bill would support the full recovery of gray wolves in Washington state, as well as protect the livestock industry and their coexistence with wolves. House Bill 2097 was co-sponsored by 11...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    March 6, 2019

Legislators seek to limit plastic bags

Lawmakers aim to reduce pollution from plastic bags by establishing higher standards for the use of bags at retail establishments. Substitute House Bill 1205 is co-sponsored by 16 Democratic...

 

Law would eliminate vaccine objection

A proposed bill would eliminate the philosophical or personal objection used to exempt children from vaccines required to attend schools in Washington state. Senate Bill 5841 is co-sponsored by a...

 

AG sends warning letter to state sheriffs

Washington's attorney general has stepped in with a warning to the more than half the state's county law enforcement officials who say they refuse to...

 

Bill seeks permanent solution to homeless crisis

A group of 11 Democratic lawmakers aims to address the rights of homeless people and their ability to survive in public. Rep. Mia Gregerson, D-Seatac, is the primary sponsor of House Bill 1591. The...

 

Bill would require sex ed

A proposed bill would require public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education as a part of their curriculum. Senate Bill 5395 is co-sponsored by 17 Democratic representatives and...

 

Bill would exempt some misconduct claims

A bipartisan group of 34 representatives seeks to protect information concerning agency employees who have filed a claim of harassment or stalking. House Bill 1692 was introduced by Rep. Laurie...

 

Bill aims to reduce food waste

Three representatives from the Democratic caucus are sponsoring a bill to work towards reducing food waste by consumers and grocery stores in Washington state. House Bill 1114 suggests a plan to...

 

Bill could shield children from pot

The House Committee on Commerce and Gaming took up a bill Jan. 15 that would include preschools and school bus stops within the buffer requirements of state-licensed marijuana businesses. House Bill...

 

Medical marijuana could be allowed at school

A bill proposed by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, would allow marijuana on school campuses for students who require aid for medical conditions. HB 1060 aims to permit students to consume medical...

 

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