Category Archives: News Release

Graphic Featuring Sen. Marko Liias speaking on Senate floor with text: SB 5313 Gender Affirming Treatment Act When we approve medically necessary treatments that help trans people find a pathway to conforming their identity and their physical body, it leads to better long-term outcomes. - Sen. Marko Liias
26 Feb
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Liias bill to improve health equity and access for transgender people wins Senate approval

SB 5313, also known as the Gender Affirming Treatment Act and is sponsored by State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood), would prohibit health insurers from denying or limiting coverage for gender affirming treatment that is consistent with a protected gender expression or identity, ...

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Sen. Marko Liias SB 5235 Quote Graphic: "When we see today, in 2021, arbitrary restrictions based on ownership of property, they have the necessary effect of continuing racially discriminatory policies in our state."
24 Feb
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Liias bill to prohibit arbitrary local housing ordinances that limit housing options gets Senate approval

OLYMPIA – A bill to restrict local governments from enacting arbitrary housing restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADU) and home occupancy was approved by the Senate by a vote of 43-6 on Wednesday. SB 5235, sponsored by State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) ...

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TVW Screen Grab of Sen. Marko Liias floor speech in support of SB 5179
23 Feb
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Liias bill to expand blood donation options to 16- and 17-year-olds gets Senate approval

OLYMPIA – A bill to expand eligibility for a certain type of blood donation to 16- and 17-year-olds was approved by the Senate by a vote of 48-1 on Tuesday. [TVW Link] SB 5179, sponsored by State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) would ...

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State Senator Marko Liias speaking on the senate floor
19 Feb
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Liias bill to allow public deposits with credit unions in all 39 counties wins Senate approval

OLYMPIA – A bill sponsored by Senator Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) that would enable more partnerships between local governments and community-based credit unions throughout Washington was approved by the Senate by a vote of 40 – 7  on Tuesday. Under current law, ...

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WA 21st Legislative District Town Hall graphic: Virtual Town Hall on Facebook LIve Feb 17, 2021, 6-7 p.m.
16 Feb
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MEDIA ADVISORY: 21st Lawmakers to host Virtual Town Hall

The 2021 legislative session is underway, and lawmakers have already approved $4 billion in COVID-19 economic relief for families and small businesses, with additional relief measures to follow. State legislators Sen. Marko Liias, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, and Rep. Strom Peterson ...

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stock photo of man donating blood
05 Feb
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Liias bill to expand blood donation options to 16- and 17-year-olds gets committee approval

OLYMPIA – A bill to expand eligibility for a certain type of blood donation to 16- and 17-year-olds was approved by the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee today. Under current law, 16- and 17-year-olds can donate whole blood ...

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A gavel is staged above a "Washington State Senate" name plate.
25 Jan
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Senate committee considers Liias bill to restrict large-capacity magazines

OLYMPIA – The Senate Law & Justice Committee held a public hearing on SB 5078 today, which would ban the possession and use of large-capacity firearm magazines in most circumstances. [TVW link] “On the evening of July 30th, 2016, my ...

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21 Jan
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Liias bill would allow public deposits with credit unions in all 39 counties

OLYMPIA – A bill sponsored by Senator Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) that would enable more partnerships between local governments and community-based credit unions throughout Washington received a public hearing in the Senate Business, Financial Services & Trade Committee today. [TVW LINK] ...

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02 Dec
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Liias unanimously reelected to top leadership post

OLYMPIA – State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) was unanimously reelected as majority floor leader by his Senate Democratic Caucus peers on Monday, a position he has held since 2017. “It’s an honor to continue as majority floor leader,” said Liias. ...

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04 May
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ICYMI: Senator Liias selected as one of nation’s outstanding rising leaders

Washington, D.C. - Today, State Senator Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) was selected as one of 15 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local elected officials with Honorary ...

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