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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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NYT: Boeing, to Fend Off Sanctions, Backs Ending State Tax Breaks

NYT: Boeing, to Fend Off Sanctions, Backs Ending State Tax Breaks

Moving to end a threat of international trade sanctions against Boeing, lawmakers in Washington State on Wednesday introduced legislation that would eliminate tax breaks for the plane maker.

The World Trade Organization concluded last year that Boeing benefited from unfair subsidies from the state worth roughly $100 million a year.

State Senator Marko Liias, a sponsor of the bill, said the proposal had come from Boeing itself. The Legislature is ...

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Everett Herald: Lawmakers renew attempt to reform Sound Transit car taxes

Everett Herald: Lawmakers renew attempt to reform Sound Transit car taxes

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers are talking again about reducing the motor vehicle excise tax that helps fund Sound Transit expansion.

But leaders of the regional transit authority are cautioning, again, against leaving them without an adequate stream of dollars to build promised light rail projects.

It’s a familiar discourse. The past three legislative sessions ended without lawmakers doing anything to provide a modicum of financial relief for vehicle owners.

This ...

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MyEdmondsNews: Liias introduces legislation to help increase voter participation among young adults

MyEdmondsNews: Liias introduces legislation to help increase voter participation among young adults

State Sen. Marko Liias this week introduced Senate Bill 6313 — the Voting Opportunities Through Education (VOTE) Act — a measure aimed at increasing voter participation among young adults.

“Every voice needs to be heard to maintain a strong democracy,” said Liias, a 21st District Democrat who represents parts of Edmonds and Lynnwood. “Getting more young people engaged in our democracy is critical to reaching this goal. While other states are installing ...

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