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Crosscut: Swatting, a scare tactic on the rise, may see harsher punishment in WA

Crosscut: Swatting, a scare tactic on the rise, may see harsher punishment in WA

Last year,  a woman in Burien called 911 to report her sister’s boyfriend was holding her and her family hostage. When the 911 operator attempted to gain more information, the woman, sounding panicked, said: “He’s going to take my phone,” then abruptly hung up. 

Police raced to the address provided, but when they arrived, they found no one being held against their will, according to a King County Sheriff's Office report obtained by Crosscut. The couple living there had no idea who had called. 

It wasn't until the next ...

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MyNorthwest: Bill requiring consent for pelvic exams in Washington gets bipartisan support

MyNorthwest: Bill requiring consent for pelvic exams in Washington gets bipartisan support

Doctors and medical students performing pelvic exams on unconscious women without permission: It may sound crazy, but it’s actually been a widespread practice across the country for decades. It’s an invasive and personal medical procedure that even in the best of circumstances, can be traumatic for some women, especially survivors of sexual abuse. But if you think that means doctors have to first get a woman’s permission to do such as exam, you’d be wrong. Read more here: https://mynorthwest.com/1739653/pelvic-exams-bill-washington-state/

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NYT: Boeing, to Fend Off Sanctions, Backs Ending State Tax Breaks

NYT: Boeing, to Fend Off Sanctions, Backs Ending State Tax Breaks

Moving to end a threat of international trade sanctions against Boeing, lawmakers in Washington State on Wednesday introduced legislation that would eliminate tax breaks for the plane maker.

The World Trade Organization concluded last year that Boeing benefited from unfair subsidies from the state worth roughly $100 million a year.

State Senator Marko Liias, a sponsor of the bill, said the proposal had come from Boeing itself. The Legislature is expected to act before its session ends on March 12.

Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/business/boeing-subsidies-wto.html

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Seattle Times: Washington state lawmakers back down from flavored vape ban

Seattle Times: Washington state lawmakers back down from flavored vape ban

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers have backed down from their proposal to ban flavored vape products and address the epidemic of youth vaping and nicotine addiction.

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The News Tribune: Too high? State cannabis market could gain new THC limit on high-potency concentrates

The News Tribune: Too high? State cannabis market could gain new THC limit on high-potency concentrates

How high is too high when it comes to cannabis usage in Washington state?

The answer might come from a bill that’s been introduced in this year’s legislative session.

HB 2546, sponsored by Rep. Lauren Davis, D-Shoreline, along with 21 secondary sponsors, calls for a new THC limit on recreational sales of cannabis concentrates to match the 10-percent limit already imposed on infused edibles.

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/marijuana/article239575968.html

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Everett Herald: Lawmakers renew attempt to reform Sound Transit car taxes

Everett Herald: Lawmakers renew attempt to reform Sound Transit car taxes

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers are talking again about reducing the motor vehicle excise tax that helps fund Sound Transit expansion.

But leaders of the regional transit authority are cautioning, again, against leaving them without an adequate stream of dollars to build promised light rail projects.

It’s a familiar discourse. The past three legislative sessions ended without lawmakers doing anything to provide a modicum of financial relief for vehicle owners.

This session may bring a different conclusion, thanks to passage of Initiative 976.

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KIRO 7: State lawmakers respond to deadly Seattle mass shooting

KIRO 7: State lawmakers respond to deadly Seattle mass shooting

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Seattle mass shooting that killed one person and wounded 7 others has state lawmakers thinking about the victims and the solution. “Following this violence, I think the most important thing to do is focus on the families and try to find a unified approach to gun violence,” sand Governor Jay Inslee. Republican Representative Morgan Irwin represents the Enumclaw area, he’s also 7-year veteran of the Seattle Police force. Read more... https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/state-lawmakers-respond-deadly-seattle-mass-shooting/JFJ264TC2JEDZCSUDODHNOIZ6A/?_website=cmg-tv-10090&fbclid=IwAR26S0W0Dn78K8Q9IH8ZLGy3n8OzebLeFgtPWsae0owZN9UPUIebxyO5NZM

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Everett Herald: Push for new gun laws triggers passion at Senate hearing

Everett Herald: Push for new gun laws triggers passion at Senate hearing

OLYMPIA — Ira Moser of Snohomish and some friends are coming to the state Capitol a lot lately to talk about one subject: guns.

They’re gun owners. They’re concerned lawmakers may impose new restrictions on them and their firearms.

So they showed up Monday for a two-hour Senate committee hearing on bills limiting the capacity of gun magazines, requiring training for those with concealed weapon licenses, and imposing longer sentences for the use of stolen firearms.

Push for new gun laws triggers passion at Senate hearing

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Q13: Washington state senators hear testimony for gun control bills

Q13: Washington state senators hear testimony for gun control bills

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Lawmakers in Olympia are back in full-swing debating gun control reforms. Monday morning, the Senate Law & Justice Committee heard public testimony for several bills. Senate Bill 6077 would prohibit any person in Washington state from manufacturing, possessing, distributing, importing, transferring, selling, or purchasing “large-capacity magazines.”

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MyEdmondsNews: Liias introduces legislation to help increase voter participation among young adults

MyEdmondsNews: Liias introduces legislation to help increase voter participation among young adults

State Sen. Marko Liias this week introduced Senate Bill 6313 — the Voting Opportunities Through Education (VOTE) Act — a measure aimed at increasing voter participation among young adults.

“Every voice needs to be heard to maintain a strong democracy,” said Liias, a 21st District Democrat who represents parts of Edmonds and Lynnwood. “Getting more young people engaged in our democracy is critical to reaching this goal. While other states are installing unfair and unnecessary barriers to voting, here in Washington we are working hard to remove barriers and ...

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