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Liias: Trans families are welcomed and supported in Washington state

Liias: Trans families are welcomed and supported in Washington state

OLYMPIA – As states like Arkansas, Florida, and Texas are considering and passing anti-trans legislation, lawmakers in Washington state are working to protect the rights of those in the trans community. SB 5313, also known as the Gender Affirming Treatment Act and is sponsored by State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett), would prohibit health insurers from denying or limiting coverage for gender affirming treatment that is consistent with a protected gender expression or identity, is medically necessary, and is prescribed in accordance with accepted ...

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Liias bill to expand blood donation options to 16- and 17-year-olds approved by the House

Liias bill to expand blood donation options to 16- and 17-year-olds approved by the House

OLYMPIA – A bill to expand eligibility for a certain type of blood donation to 16- and 17-year-olds was unanimously approved by the House on Wednesday. SB 5179, sponsored by State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett) would allow people ages 16 and 17 to donate blood through the apheresis process with parental or guardian permission. Under current law, 16- and 17-year-olds can donate whole blood with parental or guardian permission, however they cannot donate blood through the process known as apheresis, which is used for platelet ...

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Liias’ Gender Affirming Treatment Act wins House approval

Liias’ Gender Affirming Treatment Act wins House approval

OLYMPIA – A bill that would require health insurers to cover medically necessary gender affirming treatment in their health plans was approved by the House on Wednesday. SB 5313, also known as the Gender Affirming Treatment Act and is sponsored by State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett), would prohibit health insurers from denying or limiting coverage for gender affirming treatment that is consistent with a protected gender expression or identity, is medically necessary, and is prescribed in accordance with accepted standards of ...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 21st District Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, March 25 @ 6:05 p.m.

MEDIA ADVISORY: 21st District Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, March 25 @ 6:05 p.m.

Who: 21st Legislative District delegation: Sen. Marko Liias, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Rep. Strom Peterson
What: Telephone town hall meeting
When: 6:05 – 7:05 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2021
Where: Calls will go out to thousands of landlines throughout the 21st legislative district. Residents will be able to listen live and speak with their lawmakers.  Those who do not receive a call can participate by dialing 877-229-8493 and using ID Code 116357.
Constituents can also sign up ahead of time to participate at: vekeo.com/whdc21

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Upcoming Telephone Town Hall

Upcoming Telephone Town Hall

Calls will go out to thousands of landlines throughout the 21st legislative district. Residents will be able to listen live and speak with their lawmakers.  Those who do not receive a call can participate by dialing 877-229-8493 and using ID Code 116357. Constituents can also sign up ahead of time to participate at: vekeo.com/whdc21.

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Liias bills win Senate approval before key legislative cutoff

Liias bills win Senate approval before key legislative cutoff

OLYMPIA – Two bills sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett) that would open up additional opportunities to go to college for more Washington students were approved by the Senate this week. In total, Liias had nine bills pass off the Senate floor before Tuesday’s deadline for policy bills to pass the Senate. In addition to expanding access to higher education, Liias’ other priority bills now in the House of Representatives include:

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Liias bill to improve health equity and access for transgender people wins Senate approval

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, is medically necessary, and is prescribed in accordance with accepted standards of care.

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Liias bill to prohibit arbitrary local housing ordinances that limit housing options gets Senate approval

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) would prevent local governments from having ordinances that restrict who can live in ADUs in most circumstances. The bill would also restrict local governments from placing arbitrary limits on the number of unrelated people within a home. These arbitrary limits ...

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