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Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision introduced in Senate

Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision introduced in Senate

OLYMPIA — Legislation to amend Washington’s drug possession laws and increase participation in pretrial treatment programs was introduced in the Senate Friday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), permanently addresses the state Supreme Court’s 2021 State v. Blake ruling, which struck down the statute that made possession of controlled substances a class C felony and removed any criminal penalties for possession. In response, the Legislature established a simple misdemeanor penalty for knowing possession that same year, but it is set to expire July 1, 2023.

"Substance use disorder is not a partisan issue, it’s a human issue,” ...

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Billig re-elected Senate Majority Leader; Hasegawa again selected Caucus Chair

Billig re-elected Senate Majority Leader; Hasegawa again selected Caucus Chair

Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane) was re-elected Senate Majority Leader on Friday, a position he has held since first being selected by his colleagues for the post in November 2018. Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) was selected Caucus Chair for the second time. Both were elected by acclamation. Billig begins his third term as majority leader. During his tenure, the Spokane lawmaker has seen the Senate pass landmark legislation to improve childcare, K-12 education, voting access, tax reform, gun safety, climate action, health care and much more. Under Billig’s leadership, the Legislature has adjourned on time five sessions in a row without ...

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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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