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 By Leona Vaughn    News

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... — Updated 3/18/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

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... — Updated 3/11/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    Schools

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... — Updated 3/11/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    Schools

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... — Updated 3/4/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

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... — Updated 2/26/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

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... — Updated 1/28/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

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 consider... — Updated 1/22/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

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... — Updated 1/21/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

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... — Updated 1/19/2020

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News

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,... — Updated 1/19/2020

 

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... — Updated 1/10/2020

 

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