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BREAKING: Senator Murray Rallies to Protect the Right to Abortion Alongside Washington State Women Leaders

BREAKING: Senator Murray Rallies to Protect the Right to Abortion Alongside Washington State Women Leaders

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Washington state women leaders at a Seattle Planned Parenthood clinic to sound the alarm about the urgent need to protect the right to abortion and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), in the wake of news that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the constitutional right to abortion. Click here to read more...

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West Seattle Blog: Vietnamese-American community commemorates somber anniversary, shows support for Ukrainians’ freedom-fighting

West Seattle Blog: Vietnamese-American community commemorates somber anniversary, shows support for Ukrainians’ freedom-fighting

What the people of Ukraine are fighting is achingly familiar to the people who were in South Vietnam almost half a century ago. That’s why Saturday’s Vietnamese Cultural Center ceremony commemorating the fall of Saigon ended with a spirited show of support for the Ukrainians. Click here to read more...

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Crosscut: Transit users 18 and younger ride free under new WA program

Crosscut: Transit users 18 and younger ride free under new WA program

Washingtonians 18 and under soon won’t have to pay to use public transit across most — if not all — of Washington state. In March, the Legislature approved $3 billion in additional money for transit that  will roll out over the next 16 years. But about half of the money comes with a specific condition attached: Transit agencies must let people 18 and under board buses and trains  free.

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The Stand: It just got much easier to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Stand: It just got much easier to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced a series of improvements to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which is designed to give student debt relief to borrowers who work full time in public service. The program, which originated in 2018, was roundly criticized for rejecting nearly 99 percent of applicants under the Trump administration. But with the new changes, which were spurred by a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of Teachers, there is new optimism that more borrowers can benefit from PSLF. SB 5847, sponsored ...

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Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber: Senator Joe Nguyen Visits His Young Constituents

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber: Senator Joe Nguyen Visits His Young Constituents

Washington State Senator Joe Nguyen, who represents Vashon Island as part of the 34th District, visited 6th to 8th grade Civic students and their families at FamilyLink, answering student questions and providing an opportunity to demonstrate how representatives work with their constituents. “We’ve seen photos of him and read about some of his bills,” said sixth-grader Beaux Johns. “I was excited to see him in person. I think it is important for everyone to be able to meet their senator and ask them questions.” Click here to read more...

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The Urbanist: Democrats Unveil Transformative ‘Move Ahead Washington’ Transportation Package

The Urbanist: Democrats Unveil Transformative ‘Move Ahead Washington’ Transportation Package

On Tuesday, the Washington State Legislature’s Democratic caucus unveiled a $16 billion proposal funding a suite of transportation projects intended to be completed over the next 16 years, through 2038. The proposal represents both a dramatic shift from the proposals of years past, with a significant increase in the amount of state funding that would be allocated toward transit, walking, and biking investments. The proposal funds fare-free transit for people under 18 years old and high speed rail planning. Still, it’s a package very much tied to previous choices the state has made around transportation, with billions ...

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Living Architecture Monitor: New Washington State Legislation To Require Large Commercial/Multi-Family Buildings to Have Green Roofs

Living Architecture Monitor: New Washington State Legislation To Require Large Commercial/Multi-Family Buildings to Have Green Roofs

Senator Mona Das, Liz Lovelett, Joe Nguyen, and Rebecca Saldaña submit Senate Bill 5732 in Washington State. This bill would require all new large commercial and multifamily buildings in the State of Washington to have green roofs, blue-green roofs or bio-solar panel energy generation on their roofs. The bill will go to public hearings with the Senate Committee on January 26, 2022. “Green roofs are an innovative and common-sense way to help our local economies, our learners and our planet,” said Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent). Click here to read more...

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KOMO News: Proposed bill would stop officers from pulling you over for certain traffic violations

KOMO News: Proposed bill would stop officers from pulling you over for certain traffic violations

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Senators are proposing a new police reform law, which would limit officers from pulling someone over for specific traffic violations. SB 5485, proposed by Senator Joe Nguyen and T’wina Nobles, is set to be heard Thursday by the Senate Committee on Transportation. Click here to read more...

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Publicola: Senate Bill Would Remove Regulatory Hurdle from Homelessness Shelter Siting

Publicola: Senate Bill Would Remove Regulatory Hurdle from Homelessness Shelter Siting

State Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-34, White Center) has proposed a bill that would make it easier for homeless service providers to build homeless shelters across the state, including in Seattle. The city of Seattle consulted with Nguyen on the legislation, which would allow cities to permit homeless shelters without subjecting such projects to a time-consuming environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act. The bill would apply to jurisdictions, including Seattle, that have declared a homelessness state of emergency, and to shelters permitted for three years or less that serve 200 people or fewer and do not require the ...

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Fox 13: White House says country facing maternal health crisis

Fox 13: White House says country facing maternal health crisis

WASHINTON, D.C. — The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation in the world with rates more than double the rate of any of its peer nations. Tuesday, the White House held the first-ever federal Maternal Health Day of Action to address these staggering trends. Studies show Black and Native American women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes compared to white women. During today’s summit, Antoinette “Toni” Brown, a mother from Illinois, shared her story with lawmakers. Her daughter died in 2017 after health complications from giving ...

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