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Bill Would Create Office to Collect Firearm Violence Data

Bill Would Create Office to Collect Firearm Violence Data

From the AP

Democratic state lawmakers are pushing to create an office on firearm-violence prevention in order to improve data sources, collection methods and sharing mechanisms statewide.
The Seattle Times reports that Senate Bill 6288 would also help fund local evidence-based violence-reduction initiatives. The measure passed its committee vote in January, and is currently in the ...

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

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

From The Peninsula Daily News 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 executive session Thursday. Its companion, House Bill 2334, was considered Saturday in House Appropriations. Both bills expand the ...

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Washington state lawmakers back down from flavored vape ban

Washington state lawmakers back down from flavored vape ban

From The Seattle Times Lawmakers have backed down from their proposal to ban flavored vape products and address the epidemic of youth vaping and nicotine addiction. Originally, Senate Bill 6254, introduced at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, would have made permanent the emergency ban on flavored vape products that was approved by the Board of Health in October. But the legislation ...

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Senate passes Dhingra bill to help sexual assault survivors

Senate passes Dhingra bill to help sexual assault survivors

From State of Reform A bill passed unanimously today by the Senate would improve the state’s medical and legal response in sexual assault cases.

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Senate could toughen penalties for crimes involving threats, guns

Senate could toughen penalties for crimes involving threats, guns

From The Spokesman-Review

Washington laws could soon crack down on a person threatening mass violence and on those who try to harass someone by making a false report to 911. Bills considered by the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Monday could also increase the penalties for felons trying to buy guns when they aren’t legally allowed ...

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Shift policies to treat trafficked girls as victims

Shift policies to treat trafficked girls as victims

From the Seattle Times Did you know that girls being exploited and trafficked for sex can still be arrested in Washington state and charged with prostitution? Currently, under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act, any person under the age of 18 who engages in a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking regardless of force, fraud or coercion.

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Washington state senator unveils bill to aid people who refuse treatment for drug addiction or mental-health issues

Washington state senator unveils bill to aid people who refuse treatment for drug addiction or mental-health issues

From The Seattle Times When her 33-year-old son leaves jail or a treatment center after a mental-health and drug-addiction crisis, Theresa Yates says, there’s nothing to keep him from winding up back on the streets. After an episode, he’ll be taken to jail and then involuntarily detained at a hospital or treatment center, said Yates, 54, of Tacoma. “They’ll let him back ...

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What They’re Watching: Sen. Manka Dhingra

What They’re Watching: Sen. Manka Dhingra

From State of Reform Sen. Manka Dhingra represents Washington’s 45th Legislative District in King County. Dhingra is the Chair of the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the Law & Justice Committee, and is a member of both the Health & Long Term Care Committee and the Ways & Means Committee. She joins us in this edition of “What They’re ...

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Bill would start comprehensive sex ed in kindergarten for Washington students

Bill would start comprehensive sex ed in kindergarten for Washington students

From King5 SEATTLE — Sex education could soon be required in all Washington state public schools after a comprehensive sexual health bill overcame its first hurdle by passing in the state senate this week. Senate Bill 5395 would require all public school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education that is evidence-informed, medically and scientifically accurate, age-appropriate ...

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Access to menstrual supplies an equity issue, bill backers say

Access to menstrual supplies an equity issue, bill backers say

From the Kitsap Sun OLYMPIA — Two bills introduced this legislative session would make it easier for women, including public school students, to get menstrual supplies. Senate Bill 6073 would require schools to provide sanitary pads and tampons to students at no cost in bathrooms designated for females or as gender-neutral in schools serving grades six through 12.

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