Four Liias bills signed into law OLYMPIA – Four bills sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett) were signed into law by Governor Inslee on Wednesday. In total, Liias had seven bills approved by the Legislature during the 2021 legislative session. SB 5313 – Gender Affirming Treatment Act The Gender Affirming Treatment Act will prohibit health insurers from denying or limiting coverage for gender affirming treatment that is consistent with a protected gender expression or identity, is medically necessary, and is prescribed in accordance with accepted standards of care. Many health plans in Washington state classify gender confirmation treatment as cosmetic and therefore such treatment is often not included in health insurance plans. This bill ensures that trans and gender fluid Washingtonians can get ...Read More
Senator Marko Liias represents the communities of the 21st Legislative District, which includes neighborhoods in Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, and Mukilteo.
A lifelong Washingtonian, Marko was born and raised in the communities he has represented in the Legislature since 2008. After graduating from local Mukilteo public schools, he was the first in his family to go to college and he worked his way through Georgetown University with the help of student loans and scholarships. He received a Master’s in Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington.
After college, Marko helped lead a small family business specializing in green residential construction. It was his involvement in the local chamber of commerce that led Marko to consider public service. He was first elected to the Mukilteo City Council in 2005, where he partnered with residents and a community group to save over 100 acres of beautiful forestland in Japanese Gulch from development, preserving it as parkland instead.
Read Marko’s full biography here.