Category Archives: News Release

09 Feb
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Senate passes four Dhingra bills to tackle mental health, substance use disorder

OLYMPIA — Four bills to improve Washington state’s behavioral health system passed the Senate unanimously this week. “Over the last six years we have been working to build capacity for services across the behavioral health crisis continuum: A Place to ...

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09 Feb
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WA LGBTQ Caucus responds to recent raids at Seattle-area gay bars

The Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus released the following statement Friday: “As members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBTQ Caucus, we were deeply impacted by the unacceptable actions taken by the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) on Jan. 26 and ...

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08 Feb
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Senate passes Keep Our Care Act

OLYMPIA – The Keep Our Care Act to ensure hospital mergers don’t limit access to critical health care  passed the Senate 28-21 on Thursday.   Senate Bill 5241, sponsored by Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton), would ensure hospital mergers and acquisitions ...

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08 Feb
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Stanford bill to protect solar power consumers heads to House

OLYMPIA – People planning on installing solar panels at their homes or businesses would receive added consumer protections under legislation passed unanimously yesterday by the Senate. SB 6256 would prevent deceptive sales tactics, ensure that contracts are clear and contain ...

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08 Feb
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Senate passes Nobles bill continuing program to improve active transportation connectivity in overburdened communities

OLYMPIA — A bill to continue a statewide program to improve active transportation connectivity in overburdened communities unanimously passed the Senate Thursday.  Senate Bill 6283, sponsored by Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest), would eliminate the expiration date for the Sandy Williams ...

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07 Feb
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Keiser’s Employee Free Choice Act passes Senate

OLYMPIA – Workers would gain protection against employers who seek to force them to attend meetings where they are required to listen to the employer’s opinions on religious or political matters, under legislation passed by the Senate today. SB 5778 ...

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06 Feb
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Stanford bill to crack down on predatory loans clears Senate

OLYMPIA – The Senate today unanimously passed legislation to block unscrupulous lenders who are partnering with out-of-state banks to evade Washington’s limits on interest rates. SB 6025, sponsored by Sen. Derek Stanford (D-Bothell), makes any attempt to evade the provisions ...

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06 Feb
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Stanford bill limiting noncompetition contracts passes Senate

OLYMPIA – Workers in Washington state would gain protections against employer-imposed noncompetition agreements, under legislation passed on a 29-20 vote in the Senate. SB 5935, sponsored by Sen. Derek Stanford (D-Bothell), provides a range of protections to workers in response ...

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06 Feb
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House, Senate Members of Color Caucus chairs issue statement on rent stabilization

Our communities are begging for housing stability. It is time to listen.  This is why both the Senate and House Members of Color caucuses have prioritized stabilizing rent increases (HB 2114/SB 5961) as our top housing policy for the 2024 ...

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06 Feb
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Trudeau bill prohibiting hog-tying by law enforcement passes Senate 

OLYMPIA — A bill carrying the weight of lives lost and the hopes of a community yearning for justice passed the Senate on Tuesday on a 49 to 0 vote.  SB 6009, sponsored by Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma), prohibits the ...

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