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Comprehensive Sexual Health Education bill passes in the Senate

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education bill passes in the Senate

From the Washington State Wire Senate Bill 5395 passed 28-21 in the Senate Wednesday after more than a year of efforts to require sex education in schools.  The bill was first introduced during the 2019 session and was ultimately decided by the House Committee on Education that it be returned to the Senate Rules Committee for a third reading on April 28 last ...

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Washington State Senate Tackles List of Gun Bills

Washington State Senate Tackles List of Gun Bills

SEATTLE (AP) — A grieving mother, a frightened student, prosecutors and law enforcement officers told a Senate panel that setting certain limits on firearms will save lives, while a home-invasion victim, gun store owners and a tribal chairman argued that changing firearms laws will prevent vulnerable people from protecting themselves.
I-976, affordable housing, other issues discussed at legislative breakfast event

I-976, affordable housing, other issues discussed at legislative breakfast event

From the Redmond Reporter The East King Chambers Coalition held its annual legislative breakfast on Jan. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in anticipation of the legislative “short session,” which began on Jan. 13. The event, emceed by Q13 anchor and correspondent Brandi Kruse, included a keynote address from state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and continued with two panel discussions. The ...

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This group handed out 1,900 feminine hygiene ‘care bags’ to Tacoma girls last year

This group handed out 1,900 feminine hygiene ‘care bags’ to Tacoma girls last year

From The News Tribune

“I was in the middle of a class ... what is happening to me?,” Winesberry recalled. “Absolutely no supplies whatsoever to take care of myself ... It was so devastating.” The experience drove Winesberry, now 65, to volunteer for Read More
Yakima Valley priorities: A look at what people want out of their lawmakers in Olympia

Yakima Valley priorities: A look at what people want out of their lawmakers in Olympia

From the Yakima Herald-Republic The Washington Legislature convenes Monday in Olympia. Over the next 60 days, lawmakers — lawmakers we elected — will make decisions that affect nearly every aspect of Washington life. Yakima Herald-Republic reporters reached out to people who live and work in the Valley to ask what they’d like to see out of the Legislature this year in four ...

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Washington schools could offer free menstrual hygiene products by 2021

Washington schools could offer free menstrual hygiene products by 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A proposal being considered in Olympia might lead to better access to free feminine-hygiene products in schools statewide. The recently prefiled Senate Bill 6073 states "school districts must make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in all gender-neutral bathrooms and bathrooms designated for female students located in public schools that serve students in any of grades six through ...

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What changes could come to Washington’s public schools in 2020? These bills offer a sneak peek

What changes could come to Washington’s public schools in 2020? These bills offer a sneak peek

From the Seattle Times  State lawmakers don’t return to Olympia until later this month, but they spent the final weeks of 2019 filing early versions of bills they hope to advance during this year’s short legislative session. The total list of pre-filed bills — more than 200 as of Friday — doesn’t represent the entirety of the Legislature’s priorities ...

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Property tax relief for seniors, veterans coming in the new year

Property tax relief for seniors, veterans coming in the new year

A new law will help many seniors by raising the property tax exemption limit in King County from $40,000 to $58,423.

From the Kirkland Reporter By Sen. Manka Dhingra Rising property values and living costs are squeezing people here on the Eastside, but not all feel the pinch equally. Our state’s strong economy and the prosperity it brings are the envy ...

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Sex-trafficked children are victims and deserve help — not detention

Sex-trafficked children are victims and deserve help — not detention

This past summer, the world stopped for a moment in collective horror when ultrawealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was once again indicted on a charge of child sex trafficking and sexual abuse of young girls.

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City Priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session

City Priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session

From the Woodinville Weekly With the Washington State Legislature preparing to begin in January, now is the time for Woodinville to compile a list of priorities for the 2020 session. The legislative agenda will direct the city of Woodinville’s efforts in the state legislature. City Council discussed key issues of concern at the meeting on Nov. 19. The draft agenda will ...

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