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 By Leona Vaughn    News    March 18, 2020

New laws to deal with hairstyles

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 is a warrant issued, passed the house earlier and...

 By Leona Vaughn    Schools    March 11, 2020

Sex education becomes a requirement for Washington state public schools

Public school students will soon have a greater understanding of their sexuality, sexual abuse and the importance of consent under a new law passed by Washington state legislators. Senate Bill 5395 requires all public schools in Washington state to...

 By Leona Vaughn    News    March 11, 2020

Washington state 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 handing out single-use plastic bags for free....

 By Leona Vaughn    Schools    March 4, 2020

Undocumented students could soon be eligible for college loans

Students who are undocumented immigrants may soon find it easier to finance their higher education with a proposal working its way through the state legislature. Senate Bill 6561, now under consideration in the House, establishes a student loan progr...

 By Leona Vaughn    News    February 26, 2020

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

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 6211 was heard by the Law and Justice Committee in an...

 By Leona Vaughn    News    January 22, 2020

Complaint alleging racist language filed against Democratic lawmaker

Washington Asians for Equality and the American Coalition for Equality filed a complaint to the Secretary of Senate and Senate Counsels against Sen. Patty Kurderer, D-Bellevue, demanding an apology for her use of what they considered racist language....

 By Leona Vaughn    News    January 22, 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 Vaughn    News    January 15, 2020

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

OLYMPIA -- 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....

 By Leona Vaughn    News    January 15, 2020

Proposed law adds a fee to plastic bags at check out

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 Vaughn    News    January 15, 2020

Five new lawmakers sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session

Two state Senators and three new House of Representatives members were welcomed into their newly appointed positions for the 2020 legislative session in Washington this week.  In the House, there...


Homelessness emergency grabs the attention of lawmakers

Lawmakers are scrambling to confront a crisis that leaves people sleeping out in the cold and rain.  The complex contributing factors of homelessness in Washington are creating a formidable...


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