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Das’s “Reusable Bag Act,” banning single-use plastic bags, goes into effect

Das’s “Reusable Bag Act,” banning single-use plastic bags, goes into effect

OLYMPIA — A bill to reduce pollution by prohibiting retailers in Washington state from handing out single-use plastic bags goes into effect today after a year-long delay brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) sponsored Senate Bill 5323, which was supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders, including retailers and environmentalists. “Our state’s commitment to the environment was ...

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Legislation to promote recycling and reduce plastic waste becomes law, leads nation

Legislation to promote recycling and reduce plastic waste becomes law, leads nation

OLYMPIA – Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB 5022 into law at the Seattle Aquarium, one of only a few bills being signed at in-person events this year. Sponsored by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), it is the first law in the nation to ban expanded polystyrene food ware, recreational coolers and packing peanuts. It will also require increased recycled ...

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Das bill expanding affordable housing development becomes law

Das bill expanding affordable housing development becomes law

OLYMPIA – A bill signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee extends the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) to expand affordable housing building incentives. “Now more than ever, we need to advance solutions to our housing crisis and get – or keep – a roof over our neighbors’ heads,” said Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), the sponsor of the bill. “This bill was ...

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Das sponsors resolution to honor Indian Farm Workers

Das sponsors resolution to honor Indian Farm Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 15, 2021 Das sponsors resolution to honor Indian Farm Workers OLYMPIA — Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) introduced a resolution to acknowledge and honor the Indian Farm Worker movement, as well as the Sikh, Indian, and Indian-Americans advocating for justice and economic rights both at home and abroad. “Our neighbors all across the state of Washington have ...

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Legislature passes strongest recycling policy in nation

Legislature passes strongest recycling policy in nation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2021 Legislature passes strongest recycling policy in nation Legislation passed late Wednesday by the House would require increased recycled content in plastic beverage containers, trash bags and bottles for household and personal care products; ban expanded polystyrene food ware, recreational coolers and packing peanuts; and require that utensils, straws, cup lids and condiments only be ...

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Senate passes Das bill to allow civil suits for racially-motivated 911 calls

Senate passes Das bill to allow civil suits for racially-motivated 911 calls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2021 Senate passes Das bill to allow civil suits for racially-motivated 911 calls The Senate today passed legislation that would provide legal recourse to those who are victims of biased or discriminatory police notifications. “This bill is a response to a problem we’ve seen way too often,” said Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), the sponsor of SB 5135. “People ...

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Senate passes Das bill to promote recycling and reduce expanded polystyrene

Senate passes Das bill to promote recycling and reduce expanded polystyrene

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2021 Senate passes Das bill to promote recycling and reduce expanded polystyrene The Senate today approved legislation to require increased recycled content in plastic beverage containers, trash bags and bottles for household products; ban expanded polystyrene food ware, recreational coolers and packing peanuts; and require that utensils, straws, cup lids and condiments only be provided ...

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Senate: Add antiracism curricula to trainings for K-12 educators 

Senate: Add antiracism curricula to trainings for K-12 educators 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2021 

SenateAdd antiracism curricula to trainings for K-12 educators 

  The Senate passed a bill that would add equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism curricula to existing cultural competency training for school board directors, district staff and school staff. SB 5044 also directs school districts to prioritize one of three professional learning days to ...

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Das pre-files Extended Producer Responsibility bill for packaging, first of several environmental protection policies introduced for the 2021 session

Das pre-files Extended Producer Responsibility bill for packaging, first of several environmental protection policies introduced for the 2021 session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jan. 6, 2020 Das pre-files Extended Producer Responsibility bill for Packaging, first of several environmental protection policies introduced for the 2021 session A bill pre-filed by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) would create an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in which producers fund and operate an efficient, sustainable system for recycling packaging and paper products including plastic, metal, paper ...

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Das lauds Inslee’s inclusion of credit scoring ban in equity proposal

Das lauds Inslee’s inclusion of credit scoring ban in equity proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 14, 2020 

A package of equity legislation proposed today by Gov. Jay Inslee includes a bill introduced by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) to prohibit auto, homeowner, renter and boat insurers from basing a person’s insurance rate on their credit score.  

Senate Bill 5010 sponsored by Das at the request of the Office of ...

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