Category Archives: News Release

05 Mar
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Senate passes legislation to reform non-compete clauses for Washington workers

Legislation limiting the reach of non-compete clauses in employment contracts today passed the Washington state Senate on a bipartisan 30-18 vote. Senate Bill 5478, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood), would ensure that employees earning $100,000 a year or less ...

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14 Jan
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Liias sworn in for second Senate term, will continue fight for working families

Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) was sworn in today for a second Senate term to serve Washington’s 21st legislative district, which includes Edmonds, Mukilteo and Lynnwood. A lifelong resident of the 21st, Liias was the prime sponsor of landmark legislation in ...

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28 Mar
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Washington makes history, becoming the 10th state to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy

From The Trevor Project: This week the state of Washington made history, becoming the first state in 2018, and the 10th state in total, to pass protections for LGBTQ youth from the barbaric practice of conversion therapy. Conversion therapists falsely ...

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14 Feb
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Student Loan Bill of Rights passes out of Washington State Senate

Taking a vital step to address the growing crisis of individual student loan indebtedness, the state Senate today passed legislation to expand consumer protections for Washington borrowers. Known as the Student Loan Bill of Rights, Senate Bill 6029 would establish ...

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12 Feb
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Senate passes bills to boost jobs in Olympic Peninsula and across state

Two bipartisan bills passed today by the Senate could spur job growth on the Olympic Peninsula and in rural and coastal areas across the state by boosting the timber industry, said Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim. Senate Bill 6140, ...

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23 Jan
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Limiting non-compete employment agreements would protect innovation, workers’ rights

With non-compete agreements used broadly throughout the workforce, Sens. Marko Liias and Joe Fain have sponsored new bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting economic innovation and the rights of workers in a variety of fields and pay brackets. The proposal will ...

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19 Jan
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Senate passes new protections for LGBTQ youth

The Washington State Senate today took a significant step to protect LGBTQ youth by passing legislation to ban so-called “conversion therapy” and require school districts to adopt or amend anti-harassment policies to include transgender students. “It is long past time ...

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10 Jan
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Ban on ‘conversion therapy’ to be heard in Senate

What’s happening: The Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee will hear legislation to ban the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ youth in Washington state. When: 10 a.m. Thursday in Senate Hearing Room 2. Where you can watch ...

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14 Nov
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With Democrats in majority, Liias to command Senate floor action

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, will lead Senate floor action as the majority floor leader in the 2018 legislative session. As minority floor leader last session, Liias served in a more reactive capacity for the minority Democrats. But since Democrats won ...

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20 Apr
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Bipartisan majority of Senate condemns Chechnya concentration camps

A bipartisan majority of 27 Washington state senators today introduced a resolution urging peaceable action on the part of diplomatic bodies of the federal government in collaboration with the international community on behalf of victims of homophobic persecution in Chechnya. ...

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