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Child sex trafficking survivors deserve to be protected, not criminalized

Child sex trafficking survivors deserve to be protected, not criminalized

From Crosscut by Manka Dhingra & Tina Orwall & Shoshana Wineburg She was violated and raped in plain sight at all hours of the day and night. She was sold and threatened with violence and death. She scratched and kicked the walls of her motel room. She cried for help from anyone who could hear. Instead of helping, motel staff told her ...

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Required sex education: One step from passing Washington State Legislature

Required sex education: One step from passing Washington State Legislature

From the Seattle P.I.bill to require comprehensive sex education in Washington's public schools has passed the House Education Committee on a 9-8 vote, a key step for legislation repeatedly approved by the Washington State Senate but never brought to a vote in the House of Representatives. "We were unable to clear this hurdle last year, so this ...

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Legislators Discuss Major Policies in 45th District Town Hall

Legislators Discuss Major Policies in 45th District Town Hall

From the Woodinville Weekly Very few bills are directly benefiting Eastside cities during this short legislative session. Aside from various capital budget projects around the county, Woodinville has not been impacted. With 20 days left in the 60-day session, legislators will be working to pass measures that advance state priorities. Sen. Manka Dhingra, Rep. Roger Goodman and Rep. Larry Springer represent ...

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Washington mother fights to lower threshold of involuntary commitment during mental health crisis

Washington mother fights to lower threshold of involuntary commitment during mental health crisis

From King 5 News A bill to make it easier to get someone mental health treatment, against their will, has the support of Jerri Clark. The Vancouver, Washington mother said current law made it hard to get help for her adult son, Calvin Clark. "My son met criteria for involuntary treatment the moment that he stepped off the roof of a hotel ...

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Felons' voting rights won't change in Washington state

Felons' voting rights won't change in Washington state

From the AP Voting restrictions for people with felony convictions will remain unchanged after the Washington state Senate rejected a bill that would have restored their voting rights. Currently, felons lose their voting rights after they are convicted and regain them once they have served their prison term and completed community custody or probation. The bill would have allowed felons to vote ...

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Narrow Senate vote approves collection of gun violence data

Narrow Senate vote approves collection of gun violence data

From the Sequim Gazette The Washington Legislature is closer to creating an Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention to collect data on gun violence and suicide following a 25-23 vote in favor of Senate Bill 6288. The office created by this legislation would be tasked with identifying new ways to collect gun violence data, analyzing and sharing that data, as ...

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Editorial: Pass bills to reduce firearm violence through research, limiting magazine capacity

Editorial: Pass bills to reduce firearm violence through research, limiting magazine capacity

From the Seattle Times The first step to reducing gun violence is understanding it — and its causes. Lawmakers should support potentially lifesaving research by passing SB 6288. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, would establish a state office to coordinate and promote state and local efforts to ...

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Washington considers new agency to study firearm violence prevention, safety

Washington considers new agency to study firearm violence prevention, safety

From the Spokesman-Review Washington could get a new state agency dedicated to reducing gun violence and improving safety under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday. And that wasn’t the only gun-related bill to move forward in the Legislature: The House passed a bill that would require a background check on certain parts needed to build a firearm. On a narrow ...

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Washington needs more sexual trauma nurses, but who trains them becomes a statewide debate

Washington needs more sexual trauma nurses, but who trains them becomes a statewide debate

From The Seattle Times OLYMPIA — In Washington, victims of sexual assault continue to be turned away from hospitals that don’t have specially trained nurses who can administer rape kits — a problem contributing to what state officials are calling a “patchwork response to sexual assault.”

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Improved data could help Washington state get ahead of gun violence, says bill sponsor

Improved data could help Washington state get ahead of gun violence, says bill sponsor

From The Seattle Times For nearly two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was effectively barred from conducting research on gun violence, making nationwide data difficult to gather, and forcing local governments or smaller research organizations to pick up the slack. The result was significant gaps in data that could inform policymakers on how to effectively address gun ...

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