Category Archives: News Release

22 Jan
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Liias bill encourages healthier beverage options for kids

The Senate Health and Long Term Care committee held a public hearing today on a bill from State Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, that would require restaurants to offer healthier drink options for any children’s meal on the menu that includes ...

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15 Jan
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VOTE Act aims to boost turnout among young voters

OLYMPIA – At a time when several states are making concerted efforts to restrict the voting rights of residents, lawmakers in Washington state are once again focused on expanding access to democracy to as many eligible voters as possible. This ...

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06 Mar
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Senate approves legislation providing relief for student debtors

In an effort to address the growing student loan debt crisis, the Senate today passed legislation to establish new student debt refinancing options coordinated by the state and to offer alternatives to conventional student loans. Sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias ...

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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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