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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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Inside Olympia - "Mental health is a top issue for the 2019 Legislature - we sit down for an in-depth discussion on the issue with Sens. Manka Dhingra and Steve O'Ban."

Inside Olympia - "Mental health is a top issue for the 2019 Legislature - we sit down for an in-depth discussion on the issue with Sens. Manka Dhingra and Steve O'Ban."

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State senate committee clears bill to raise age to 21 for semi-automatic rifle purchases

State senate committee clears bill to raise age to 21 for semi-automatic rifle purchases

KOMO News / March 1, 2018 By Keith Eldridge CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bill to prevent those under 21 from buying semi-automatic rifles has cleared a key state senate committee. Republicans argued it goes too far in the direction of gun control. The original bill surfaced in January in the wake of a deadly shooting at a ...

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Washington lawmakers propose voluntary firearms training for teachers

Washington lawmakers propose voluntary firearms training for teachers

Kiro 7 / Feb. 28, 2018 By Essex Porter OLYMPIA, Wash. - There's a new push to have the state pay for teachers and other school district employees who volunteer to be armed. Auburn Republican Sen. Phil Fortunato says it would not require teachers to be armed, but it would pay to properly train those who want to carry firearms in school. Administrators ...

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