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Das proposes legislation to cut sales taxes in two ways

Das proposes legislation to cut sales taxes in two ways

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 21, 2022 Washington state’s sales-and-use tax rate would be cut by 1% across the board and diapers would become entirely exempt from sales-and-use tax, if two bills proposed by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) are signed into law. SB 5932 would reduce the state sales-and-use tax rate from 6.5% to 5.5%. SB 5915 would exempt diapers from the ...

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Legislators introduce constitutional Green Amendment resolutions

Legislators introduce constitutional Green Amendment resolutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 18, 2022 Four Democratic legislators from the Washington state House and Senate have proposed twin joint resolutions – HJR 4209 and SJR 8210 – that would amend the Washington State Constitution by adding a Green Amendment to recognize every Washingtonians’ right to a clean and healthy environment. The prime sponsor in the House is Rep. Debra ...

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Das bill to establish nation-leading Extended Producer Responsibility system gets hearing

Das bill to establish nation-leading Extended Producer Responsibility system gets hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jan. 18, 2022 A bill sponsored 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. SB 5697, also known as the RENEW Act, would require that producers achieve recycling and reuse targets and use recycled content in ...

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Das on Toxics-Free Cosmetics Act: 'This affects, and protects, all of us'

Das on Toxics-Free Cosmetics Act: 'This affects, and protects, all of us'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 12, 2022 The Toxics-Free Cosmetics Act, heard today by the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee, would protect consumers of cosmetic products from dozens of harmful chemicals by banning the use and distribution of those chemicals in Washington state. “Every single one of us knows someone – or is someone – who uses cosmetics,” said Sen. Mona Das ...

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Homes for WA introduced to provide more housing choices and easier commutes

Homes for WA introduced to provide more housing choices and easier commutes

OLYMPIA– On Wednesday, Rep. Jessica Bateman and Sen. Mona Das, introduced legislation to make it easier for Washington families to find safe and affordable homes, especially in areas near transit sites. The Homes for WA Act will re-legalize familiar housing options in these locations, like duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. “Housing costs continue to skyrocket faster than wages can keep up. ...

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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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