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Everett Herald Editorial: Unpaid traffic tickets shouldn’t bring loss of jobs

Everett Herald Editorial: Unpaid traffic tickets shouldn’t bring loss of jobs

No one would dispute that monetary fines — from a $136 speeding ticket on up to $2.6 million for violating state campaign financing laws — can be effective in keeping everyone in line. We can easily think of plenty we’d rather do with that $136 than send it to the court. Yet, for many, those fines — if they go unpaid and lead to a suspended driver’s license — become more than an annoyance, more than incentive to obey speed limits ...

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NW News Network: Washington lawmakers consider shifting all new car sales to electric-only by 2030

NW News Network: Washington lawmakers consider shifting all new car sales to electric-only by 2030

You may be used to hearing a pushy car salesperson say, “What can I do to get you in this car?” But one big thing could be different in Washington state a decade from now. Proposals introduced this winter in the Washington Legislature would end sales of new gasoline-powered cars in the state by 2030. The Democrat-backed proposals face opposition from Republicans, the oil industry and auto manufacturers. A prior version failed to advance out of committee in Olympia last session ...

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WNPA: Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

WNPA: Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

OLYMPIA — Relief for renters, schools, public health agencies and small businesses is rushing through the state Legislature, with the hope help can reach people by the end of February. Two COVID-19 relief plans are competing for approval, one by Republicans and one by Democrats, and this time the Republican plan is the one proposing the most spending. The Democratic plan, called the Washington Step One proposal, allocates $2.2 billion in federal funds for rental assistance, public health, education, small businesses and ...

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Edmonds Beacon: Marko Liias supports bill to restrict possession of large-capacity magazines

Edmonds Beacon: Marko Liias supports bill to restrict possession of large-capacity magazines

State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) testified last week in favor of SB 5078, which would ban the possession and use of large-capacity firearm magazines in most circumstances. Liias represents a portion of Edmonds in the 21st Legislative District. "On the evening of July 30, 2016, my community was changed forever by a preventable tragedy," said Liias, referencing a shooting at a house party in Mukilteo. Click here to read more...

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MyNorthwest: Hundreds sign up to weigh in on WA bills to limit high capacity magazines, open carry

MyNorthwest: Hundreds sign up to weigh in on WA bills to limit high capacity magazines, open carry

While COVID-19 and police reform may be top of mind, lawmakers are making plenty of time for some of the more familiar proposals, including the effort to ban so-called high capacity magazines. For at least the fourth straight year, Democrats in the Legislature will try to make it illegal to buy, possess, manufacture, or sell magazines with more than 10 rounds in Washington state. Click here to read more...

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EdmondsBeacon.com: Government officials' responses to riots, impeachment

EdmondsBeacon.com: Government officials' responses to riots, impeachment

With the riots at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and Olympia, as well as calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, dominating headlines, the Beacon reached to state representatives serving Edmonds for statements. Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray – all Democrats – have already condemned the president and have asked for his impeachment under the 25th Amendment. Their comments are included after statements from local officials. Click here to read more... Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images

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MyEdmondsNews: Liias reelected majority floor leader in State Senate

MyEdmondsNews: Liias reelected majority floor leader in State Senate

State Sen. Marko Liias, who represents the 21st District that includes parts of Edmonds and 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, a Democrat who lives in Lynnwood. “Senate Democrats approach every policy discussion with the philosophy of putting people first, and that’s exactly what we need to do this session to help struggling people ...

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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.

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